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December 16, 2020

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Apply Today - Deadline January 11

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the January 11 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Neighborhoods Now! 

is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals…

November 09, 2020

CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for People of Color and Indigenous to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color and Indigenous that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous will be Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

February 17, 2020

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) recently announced a new grant to advance housing stability in the Twin Cities. The Housing Stability Grants will fund organizations that support systems/policy change, community engagement and organizing efforts with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities. Grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to partner with…

November 06, 2019

In honor of the late Esther Wattenberg, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) will host the 2019 Inaugural Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum. We invite you to join us for this special event honoring Esther's dedication to critical dialogue and policy reform for improving the lives of Minnesota's children and families.

As part of this special event, we will introduce the inaugural Esther Wattenberg Policy Award which recognizes exemplary policy work impacting children and families. The 2019 Esther Wattenberg Policy Award recipient…

September 20, 2019
CURA Housing Forum Tenant Opportunity to Purchase panel discussion

Come learn from local leaders and national experts about Tenant Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) at the next CURA Housing Forum. TOPA allows residents of a building a fair chance to purchase their buildings when the owner decides to sell, giving tenants a say in the future of their housing. 

We will hear of successful examples of implementing this policy in Washington, D.C., as well as local efforts to create a similar policy for Minneapolis.


Dominic T. Moulden is a longtime resource organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE…

May 30, 2019

Single Black mothers face the highest risk of evictions in the United States. In Hennepin County, close to 50% of all eviction filings take place in two zip codes in North Minneapolis, despite the fact that they contain just 8% of all rental units in the city. Driven by community feedback, The Illusion of Choice: Evictions & Profit in North Minneapolis project aims to answer the question of why and how evictions are taking place from the perspectives of tenants and landlords themselves. CURA believes this is central to the successful development of public policy solutions and new programmatic interventions for those tenants negatively affected by evictions, as well as…

April 19, 2019

Please join the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for the first Thomas Scott Seminar.

The Urban Displacement Project: Urban Data Science for Policy Change 
presented by Karen Chapple, Ph.D.

About the seminar

The overheating of the housing market, as well as the planning of new infrastructure systems, has led to new interest in understanding neighborhood change, specifically in the form of gentrification and displacement. Researchers have devised online “neighborhood early warning systems,” interactive maps that describe change processes and even predict future transformation. In 2015, we launched the…

October 12, 2018
Riot police along Plymouth Avenue during the rebellion in North Minneapolis. Photo Courtesy MN Historical Society

Keith Mayes, associate professor of African-American and African Studies, University of Minnesota

Spike Moss, civil rights activist

For three nights in July 1967, the North Side of Minneapolis along Plymouth Avenue erupted in rebellion. Police and National Guard units were called in to occupy parts of the neighborhood in response. The so-called "urban crisis" of the 1960s produced similar events in many other cities in the U.S. This crisis and the conditions behind it that…

September 21, 2018


CURA Housing Forum: Local government strategies for preventing displacement

Lower income households have always faced the threat of involuntary displacement, but that threat is becoming more acute in the Twin Cities Metro area as the perfect storm of low vacancy rates, escalating rents and upscaling of naturally occurring affordable apartments drives families from their homes. What can local governments do to protect people? The Housing Justice Center will talk about a report it just issued discussing six areas where local policies and strategies can help preserve the affordability of at-risk housing, can keep low income residents in their homes, or at least protect…

September 14, 2018

Tommie Shelby, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

Tommie Shelby

Ghettos are metropolitan neighborhoods marked by racial segregation and concentrated disadvantage. To reduce the unfair disadvantages that the ghetto poor face, some have proposed residential integration. I argue that while such measures, when voluntary, may help the ghetto poor, justice does not require residential integration but rather egalitarian pluralism. I highlight the limits of the integrationist solution and explain the virtues of the egalitarian pluralist alternative.