October 14, 2022

CURA's Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) program and the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) are partnering with the Institute for Advanced Study, U-Spatial, University of Minnesota Libraries, and DASH to present this year's “Thinking Spatially Symposium: Indigenous Mapping.” Former CURA CGIS Graduate Research Assistant Kyle Malone is…

June 11, 2020

We are again sharing a statement from CURA Director Ed Goetz on the murder of George Floyd at the top of this message. The fundamental issues of justice that Mr. Floyd’s murder surfaces for our community and for the entire nation dominate our conversations about what is next for CURA. 

Following that statement, we share a message about CURA’s work in a COVID-19 world.

Statement from the Director of CURA

Our community witnesses again the violence of police brutality ending in the death of a Black man. It is well past the time for people in power, those who can impose…

April 09, 2020
2020 Census response rate map for Minneapolis

CURA’s Community GIS team created this map of Census 2020 return rates in Minneapolis and is updating it regularly through the 2020 collection period. Here is a St. Paul Census 2020 return rate map.

Click on an area to see the percentage of households who have responded to the census so far. Each area is a census tract. Click on the right arrow at top of the pop-up window to see how the current return rate…

April 29, 2019

Understanding data can help drive better community decision-making. This is especially true when communities are positioned as leaders in asking research questions and articulating the answers.  

The Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) program provides analysis and mapping support to empower community-based organizations and government agencies to make a data-driven case for their work. We fill in critical gaps in capacity to democratize access to public information.


CGIS support is available on an ongoing basis. Community and local government partners may request assistance by sending an email…

January 18, 2018

Community GIS worked with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota to help visualize - what they term - a neighborhood cultural asset inventory. This particular inventory is in the Logan Park neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis. Cultural asset mapping showcases the unique, quirky, and sometimes intangible elements and histories that holistically coalesce to create individual neighborhood character. Using the story map, you can explore the notable places in Logan Park - each story contributes to the Logan Park neighborhood experience and distinct sense of place.


June 22, 2017
Click here to view or download the whole pdf with a map of each county

CURA's Community GIS staff created this set of maps for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council that show the racial and ethnic diversity of each of the seven Twin Cities metro area counties (using the US Census race and ethnicity categories). The three most diverse cities in each county are also highlighted.

MRAC staff are working to make their review…

March 06, 2017
As funding to upgrade the City Academy went through St. Paul’s Capital Improvement Budget process, the East Side Neighborhood Development Center sought CURA’s help to investigate disparities in funding across the city. Photo by John Vaughn

John Vaughn has thought for years that the east side of St. Paul has not received as much funding as other parts of the city. “Anecdotally, I’ve seen the East Side has lost out on city funding to other neighborhoods,” said Vaughn recently. “Having the City Academy project funding be so severely cut pushed me to organize around finding some hard evidence of this.”

In 2015 Vaughn, who is the executive director of the East Side Neighborhood…

August 14, 2015
Stephen Peyton is a graduate research assistant for CURA's Community GIS program

Stephen Peyton is a Graduate Research Assistant working primarily on Community GIS for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Stephen’s perspective on making maps user-friendly and accessible really embodies the mission of CURA and our work with community partners. Below is a Q&A with Stephen and details on the powerful airplane noise map application he built in partnership with the MSP FairSkies Coalition. Also, we have a…