Poster: Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program
How can cities improve neighborhood quality after years of decline? One case study, the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) established in 1991 that earmarked $400 million over 20 years for neighborhoods to engage residents and create plans to improve the community. This study builds on a previous midterm evaluation by Berger et al. (2000) and midterm reviews completed by 35 of 67 neighborhood associations that received funding, examining whether neighborhoods became more desirable due to program expenditures. By establishing a control group comprised of St. Paul neighborhoods, statistical analysis identifies trends in neighborhood desirability indicators, and additional analysis searches for spatial patterns between neighborhoods to offer an explanation about why some neighborhoods were more successful than others. The study will recommend solutions to improve future iterations of this program in other locales, then placing the program in the context of New Regionalism by suggesting that the NRP serves as a model for regional-scale programs – the collaboration between neighborhoods in the NRP exemplifies how cities may collaborate for mutual benefits. Knowing that the NRP was successful in achieving revitalization encourages other metropolitan areas to implement their own version, and this study presents methods to evaluate programs in the future.
, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerRichard Holzer is a skilled GIS and Urban Planning professional with experience managing countywide active transportation planning projects, integrating geospatial tools to streamline workflows, and designing database systems and maps for print, web, and mobile. While working full time for the Ventura County Transportation Commission, he also attends the University of Southern California and will earn his Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology after finishing his thesis about the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program this winter. His previous position with Twin Cites Habitat for Humanity fueled his passion for community development and affordable housing issues and inspired his thesis topic.