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Lucy Craft Laney Campus Redesign Master Plan. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

The Lucy Craft Laney School is a 2-story, 1,000-student school building that was constructed in 2001. Located along Penn Avenue north of Lowry in North Minneapolis, the school is adjacent to Cleveland Park and 1 block northeast of the now-demolished Cleveland School. Lucy Craft Laney, the school's namesake, was a gifted and dedicated 19th century educator. Ms. Laney's committment to students, learning and literacy motivated her to found the Haines Institute, a school for African American children.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Franklin Steel Commons. 2010 Lechelt, Katie.

Hope Community Inc., a non-profit subsidized housing developer located in Minneapolis,MN, works to build an inclusive,life-giving community by transforming relationships of fear into creative opportunities of mutual support. It's focus is to create a public community that will persist for the long-term, maintain the ability to deal with changing issues and be strong enough to consistently welcome and encourage new members and partnerships. Currently,Hope Community, Inc.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Bridging the Gap. 2010 Johnson, Wade.

Highway 280 presents a barrier between southwest Saint Anthony Park and the rest of the neighborhood to the east, between Saint Anthony Park and Prospect Park, and between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Easily crossable by car, navigating Highway 280 by foot or bicycle presents significant challenges.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
A Business Plan and Community Vision for a Productive Greenhouse in Seward. 2010 Sheridan, Megan.

A recent and powerful local foods movement has swept our nation's social consciousness. Among the front runners in this revolutionary movement is the city of Minneapolis. In response, Seward Redesign has sought to develop a local food program of its own in the form of an urban agriculture project. The goals of this project were to research and obtain funding for start-up costs, identify an operator, and develop a business plan for an economically viable urban farm.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
A Master Plan for Miriam Park. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

For over 120 years, Merriam Park has been an urban oasis for the surrounding neighborhood. However, as time passed, the park fell victim to a number of disturbances. In the 1960s, grand ponds and a stone bridge were demolished to make way for Interstate 94, and more recently, a cell tower was installed at the northern edge of the park. As a result of these disturbances, the Union Park Parks & Recreation Committee formed in order to make recommendations about planning for the future of Merriam Park.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Envisioning a Permanent Home for the Midtown Farmers' Market. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

The Midtown Farmers Market (MFM), a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), brings all-local food and goods to 40,000 people each year. MFM supports over 70 farmers and vendors, has brought $1 million in opportunity to Lake Street and is a cornerstone of the redevelopment plan shared by the neighborhood and the City. Through a generous no-cost lease provided by Minneapolis Public Schools, MFM has become a fixture of 2225 E Lake Street for six successful seasons. However, the future of this site is unclear.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Report on the State of Public Art in the West Side Neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. 2010 Principe, Carlos.

The need for inquiry on the state of public art has come as result of signs of physical deterioration on some existing public art pieces in the West Side neighborhood, in Saint Paul. The absence of a maintenance plan to sustain the physical conditions of public art in the West Side has raised concerns among many community members and leaders.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Mobile Justice': A Study of the Effects of Transportation Projects on Manufactured Home Parks. 2010 Weiner, Elliot.

Manufactured Home Parks are one of Minnesota's most valuable sources of affordable housing. There are more affordable housing units in Manufactured Home Parks (MHP's) than there are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized units and Rural Development units combined. Statewide, there are over 900 licensed parks in which nearly 180,000 residents live. According to HUD guidelines, 80% of these residents fall within low to very-low income brackets. In addition, MHP's in Minnesota are 87% owner occupied.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, manufactured housing, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), transportation planning
Economic Indicators of the Lake Street Corridor. 2010 Diaz, Jose.

The Lake Street corridor is 5-miles stretching west to east from Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River 30 blocks south of the center of downtown Minneapolis. During the period between 2005 and 2008, three quarters of the street has been under reconstruction. This project and report had two primary goals: First, to present a summary of the changes in two major economic indicators between 2004 and 2006 for the Lake Street Corridor, the number of businesses and the level of sales tax. Second, to identify the impact being in a construction zone may have had on these indicators.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial corridors, economic indicators, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Bridging Social Capital: Responsive Listening Project. 2010 Anthony, Summer.

Together with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM), Southeast Asian Community Council (SEACC), and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) is acting as the lead organization in a four organization partnership working in North Minneapolis. The multi-cultural partnership with an Undoing Racism framework has led to HNA's organizational focus on racial and economic justice.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Asian Americans, Harrison neighborhood, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), North Minneapolis
Twin Cities Pride Festival & Parade Attendee Profile. 2010 Cici, Kristen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Cedar‐Riverside Parks and the Mississippi River. 2010 Hollenkamp, Lucas. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Loring Park Neighborhood. 2010 DeCoursey, Jillian. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Industrial Land Use and Environmental Impacts: A GIS Study of The East Side of Minneapolis. 2010 Truax, Peter. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Preventing Foreclosures in North Minneapolis: An Evaluative Study of the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition’s Foreclosure Prevention Outreach Project. 2010 Moen, Casie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
CURA & Lyndale Neighborhood Association: the Value of Place-based Organizing. 2010 Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Going Beyond the Art: A Program Evaluation of Juxtaposition Arts Between 2005 and 2009. 2010 Leonard, Alecia. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Block-based Neighborhood Stabilization. 2010 Moen, Casie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Smith Avenue: A Historical Overview 1950-Present. 2010 Harnik, Rebecca. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Sustaining Affordable Housing in the Central Corridor - The Neighborhood Connection. 2010 Pates, Greg. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, light-rail transit (LRT), Minneapolis, St Paul
Westland Commons Development: Vision & Design Guidelines for a Sustainable Development-St. Paul’s North End. 2010 Turner, Elizabeth. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Assessing Public Parking Demand at Southwest Lake and Hiawatha. 2010 Bergman, Sasha. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
The Prostitution Project: Community-Based Research on Sex Trading in North Minneapolis. 2010 Martin, Lauren.

In 2005, a group of north Minneapolis stakeholders became fed up with the sex trade taking place on the streets of their community and were determined to see these transactions stop, or at least to happen somewhere else. At the time, the voices and experi­ences of those who trade sex were not yet part of the community discussion about how to stop prostitution.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program prostitutes, prostitution
Social Media Use in Neighborhood Associations. 2011 Cici, Kristen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Stabilizing Housing Careers and Building Community. 2011 Miller, Keith Sterling.

The mission of Urban Homeworks (UHW) is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for very‐low income families, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate. Urban Homeworks focuses its work in neighborhood clusters that are 2 city blocks by 2 city blocks called PODs.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Farmland Preservation in Scott and Dakota Counties 2011 Cureton, Colin.

Agriculture in Minnesota has, as in much of the country, been going through a tumultuous transition. The loss of the small farm is a common story, as is the tendency toward agricultural consolidation and a general loss of farmland due to development pressure. Amidst these changes, land use and agricultural preservation policies are also put in place at the State, county, township, and local levels. Some of these policies encourage development, some attempt to preserve farmland and succeed, and others attempt to preserve farmland but fall short.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Business Improvement Districts in the Twin Cities: Opportunities and Challenges. 2011 Gronewold, Sara.

Business Improvement Districts are a form of public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to pay an additional assessment to be used for maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial area. The have gained popularity across the United States over the past thirty years as a powerful means for neighborhoods and commercial districts to invest in and revitalize their commercial and residential interests.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Business Improvement Districts: An Introduction. 2011 Gronewold, Sara.

This report is a media kit and timeline to accompany CURA report NPCR-1363 titled Business Improvement Districts in the Twin Cities: Opportunities and Challenges also by Sara Groneweld.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Designing Strategies to Promote Land Stewardship Practices Among Rural Landowners in Washington County. 2011 Liebman, Alex. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Alternative Forms of Historic Designation: A Study of Neighborhood Conservation Districts in the United States. 2011 McClurg, Jessie.

Conservation districts are a planning tool commonly used to preserve distinct neighborhood characteristics. Although not yet widely used in Minnesota, several Twin City neighborhoods have expressed an interest in exploring the implementation of conservation districts as a more flexible alternative to local historic district designation and review procedures. The objective of this study is to summarize the wide range of approaches for creating and maintaining neighborhood conservation districts. Research began in June 2010 with a review of literature related to conservation districts.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program