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Call for Awards
Drive to Excellence Update
Watershed Assessment Tool
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Parcels & Community Devel.
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|Twin City Parcel Data Highlighted in National Report
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota
A new report by the Lincoln Land Institute focuses on the use of parcel data to improve local community development efforts. The study provides examples from five urban areas including the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota and MetroGIS are highlighted as intermediaries in providing data and resources to community organizations.
Three highlighted case studies are:
- Resolving town-gown conflicts. This was an effort required by the Minnesota state legislature as part of the new University of Minnesota football stadium. It involved city, university, and neighborhood participants using maps developed by the university’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).
- Understanding and addressing foreclosure issues. The non-profit HousingLink worked with seven counties and CURA to develop maps and analysis of foreclosures. Results were fed to the Minnesota Foreclosure Prevention Funders Council.
- Community planning for the Central Corridor LRT. The U-PLAN Community Planning Studio, a partnership of community groups led by the University United coalition, the University of Minnesota, and the St. Paul Design Center, is using MetroGIS data to engage local businesses and residents in planning for the proposed light rail line connecting downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis.
The report, Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems, is part of a multi-year research and action project by PolicyLink, the Urban Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to advance the field of parcel data systems and their application to community revitalization and equitable development.