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    Contextualizing Nashville’s Response to its Affordable Housing Crisis
    (2021-05) Carrier, Benjamin J.
    Over the past decade, Nashville has experienced disruptive political, social, and economic instability and suffered devastating effects from a number of natural disasters. Despite the challenges, the city has also experienced significant population growth and was recently ranked among the top ten performing metropolitan areas in the U.S. The city’s increased population paired with its insufficient housing supply has contributed to aggressive real estate speculation and dramatic neighborhood change throughout the city. This activity has produced an environment where housing is increasingly unattainable for many Nashvillians and has provoked in many residents a distrust and resentment toward the development community. In acknowledgment of the city’s urgent housing needs, Nashville’s Mayor announced his administration’s formation of an Affordable Housing Task Force in January 2021. In order to produce an assessment of its work, I closely monitored the Affordable Housing Task Force over a period of 12 weeks. To contextualize the work of the Affordable Housing Task Force, I have included some recent history in this report along with an analysis of the city’s population changes between 2010 and 2019.
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    Washington County Microtransit
    (2022-05) Do, Don; King, Robbie; Moore, Gordy; Robb, Maxwell; Zielinski, Jake
    A recommendation made by Washington County in the Highway 36 Transit Feasibility study was to improve transit availability in Stillwater, Bayport, and Oak Park Heights by implementing microtransit. This report looks to assess the feasibility of microtransit service in Stillwater, Bayport, and Oak Park Heights, as recommended by the Highway 36 corridor study, and other areas of the county. It identifies key components of a microtransit solution by surveying services around the United States and makes recommendations guided by those case studies and stakeholder interviews. The purpose of this study is to expand transit access for county residents to access jobs and services, and improve mobility for those residents who rely on transit or do not have access to a car. Microtransit is a novel public transit service, so this report provides a toolkit of best practices to educate decision makers and residents alike on how microtransit may fit into a long-term sustainable transportation strategy for the county.
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    West Broadway: What is Affordable?
    (2018-05) Gemheart, Adrienne; Kohlhaas, Alex; Thao, Lisa; Yoder, Amy
    This report is intended for the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC), with the goal of addressing commercial affordability along the West Broadway corridor. Considering the history of West Broadway and North Minneapolis more broadly, the project team is guided by the belief that development can be beneficial, though it is crucial that current Northside residents, who are predominantly people of color, are the ones who benefit from such development. Decision-making processes must be inclusive and responsive to the needs of West Broadway business owners, entrepreneurs, and North Minneapolis residents. Defining the term “local”, particularly regarding ownership of property and businesses along West Broadway, is central to this discussion. Oftentimes, outside resources targeting the Northside are viewed as relief aid for the poor or needy. However, the perspective of this report is that resources should be provided as an investment in the people and place, who are deserving of the opportunities that have been freely given to White Americans, though robbed from neighborhoods and people of color.
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    Guiding Growth Strategies for Equitable Development in South Saint Anthony Park
    (2018-05) Buechler, Gretchen; Coppersmith, Emily; Wade, Michael
    St. Anthony Park is a time-honored but transitioning district with many assets to protect, enhance, and direct toward higher livability for its most vulnerable residents. Building on revious research and the St. Anthony Park Community Council’s Equity Framework and 10-Year Plan, this report explores strategies to proactively guide development toward affordable housing, living-wage jobs, and an entire support network of equity for the community. Nine assets of St. Anthony Park were identified - New Development, People, Location, Industrial Property, Commercial Activity, Nonprofits, Institutions, Community Coalitions, and the Arts. Actionable strategies were then identified to build on these valuable elements. The strategies are organized into three categories that would be most effectively pursued by the Council.
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    Shared Mobility Policy Guide
    (2018-05) Bai, Shunhua; Biron, Holly; Nowak, Jacqueline; Valenti, Alicia; Kartheiser, Christopher
    This report examines he potential impacts of shared mobility in the seven County Twin Cities Metro area. Much of the content builds on a 2017 report from the Shared Use Mobility Center, the Shared Mobility Action Plan. While people define the term shared mobility in many different ways, this report will define shared mobility as transportation options where the cost is shared among users, people do not own personal vehicles, and services provide flexible, short-term, on-demand trips.
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    Electric Vehicle Incentivization in Minnesota
    (2018-05-11) Denk, Brianna; Engrav, Thomas; Johnson, Anna; Wadsworth, Garth; Wyatt, Jessi
    In 2015 there were approximately 6,000 electric vehicles in Minnesota. This falls well below penetration in leading states like California, Georgia, and Washington with electric vehicle registration totaling 337,000, 25,000, and 22,000 respectively. Instead, electric vehicles comprise less than .01% of all vehicles in Minnesota, and the majority are in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Increasing deployment of electric vehicles will benefit Minnesotans by reducing chemical and particulate matter air pollution. In addition, the State is not on track to meet 2030 emission reduction goals set by the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. Because transportation accounts for almost a quarter of all emissions in Minnesota, electrifying the transportation sector will be key to closing this emissions gap.
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    Transit-Oriented Displacement Affordable Homeownership Remedies for the Side Effects of Transit Investment
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2016-05) Durham, Wesley; Evans, Parker; Haynssen, Laura; Schuettler, Karl; Shaffer, Scott
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    Suicide Risk Prevention: An Analysis of the Minnesota Black and Lao Populations
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2016-05-13) Larson, Jenna; Lutes, Steven; Orgera, Kendal; Suplick Benton, Carrie
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    Monitoring Use of Minnesota State Trails Considerations and Recommendations for Implementation
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2016-05-20) Holmes, Tom; Knight, Jake; Newman, Darin; Wu, Xinyi
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    The Future Development of the Carver County Transportation Network An Intentional Approach to Economic Development, Highway Finance, and Freight Transportation Planning
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2016-05-06) Kays, Brian; Stofferahn, Justin; Zweifler, Zachary
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    Rooftop Solar Photovoltaics: The Untapped Potential of Commercial and Industrial Buildings
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-14) Risse, William; Rivera, Lloyd; Miller, Caroline; Evans, David; Appleby, Elizabeth
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    Developing a Bicycle Monitoring Strategy for Hennepin County: An Automated Bicycle Counting Program
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-16) Chalmers, Nadine; Kemp, Geoffrey; Krantz, Michael; Shoemaker, James
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    Business Improvement District (BID) Feasibility Analysis: Saint Paul's West Midway Industrial Area
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-08) Christopherson, Kate; Holey, Laura; Huonder, Mark; Nicholas, Mike
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    Visualizing Living Streets in North St. Paul: A Visual Preference Survey in the Casey Lake Neighborhood
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-19) Rahn, Sean
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    Bottineau Corridor Housing Needs & Affordability Assessment
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-19) Porter, Dean; Davies-Deis, David; Damiano, Anthony; Johnson, Wesley
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    Revitalizing Selby Avenue: An Examination of Economic Development Strategies along Selby Avenue
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2014-05-08) Armstrong, Chelsey; Brandt-Sargent, Bethany; Hanson, Lonetta
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    Mississippi Riverfront: Indicators of Accessibility and Use
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2013-06-18) Chen, Joe; Dahl, Andrew; Gunderson, Eric; Petesch, Michael; Simon, Brieanna
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    Metrics for a Sustainable EcoVillage
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2013-05-17) Nguyen, Nam; Atangana, Jules
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    City of Minneapolis - Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2013-05-20) Emanuele, Andrew; Rockway, Andrew; Rubenstein, Georgia; Schmitt, Kelly
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    Gateway Corridor: Non-Motorized Connections to the Transitway
    (Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2013-05-07) Campbell, Nicole; Jenkins, Jeremy; Santiago, Timothy; Warren, Josie
    The Gateway Corridor will bring mass transit to areas that currently have limited access to bus service and no rail service. Maximizing ridership and the utility of the transitway is critical. How can the Gateway Corridor effectively serve those who live more than one quarter or one half mile from the stations? In particular, what strategies should be pursued in addition to park-and-ride infrastructure? The Gateway Corridor represents a vision within a vision: it is a worthy objective in its own right, but it is also an integral part of a new regional transit network serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Ensuring the success of the Corridor is thus not merely a service to the communities directly adjacent to the transitway, it is a service to the entire region. Fully integrated pedestrian and bicycle access is crucial to the fulfillment of that vision.