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Twin Cities Studies and Data

Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities (2010)

Chapters from Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities (U. Minn. Press, 2010) are provided in pdf form.
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Regional Strategies to Integrate Twin Cities Schools and Neighborhoods (2009)

This combination policy brief and research paper shows a close relationship between segregation in schools and neighborhoods and argues that policy reform for schools and housing must be closely related and regionally coordinated.
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Segregated Communities: Segregated Finance (2009)

This analysis of race, income and small consumer loans covers the Twin Cities, Portland, Ore., and Seattle.
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Communities in Crisis: Race and Mortgage Lending in the Twin Cities (2009)

This report documents strong racial disparities in mortgage lending in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Twin Cities has some of the greatest racial lending disparities in the nation, and communities of color have borne the brunt of both the subprime lending and foreclosure crisis. The report shows how much race and segregation influence mortgage lending patters in the Twin Cities.
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Twin Cities Opportunity Index (2007)

This analysis of municipalities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area shows variations in access to opportunity. The index combines 24 local characteristics measuring fiscal health, jobs/transportation, quality of life and education.
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Growth Pressures on Sensitive Natural Areas (2006)

This report examines projected growth and its threat to remaining sensitive natural areas in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' 17-county central region.
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Twin Cities Commuting Patterns (2006)

This IRP study explores growing employment centers in the Twin Cities in relation to affordable housing and transit.
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Digital Justice: Progress Toward Digital Inclusion in Minnesota (2006)

This IRP report documents the connection between access to the Internet and access to life opportunities such as living-wage jobs. It analyzes the ways Minnesota community technology centers, public schools, public libraries, municipalities, and Indian reservations improved underserved populations’ access to technology.
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School and Housing Demographics in the Twin Cities (2012)

This presentation documents change in Twin Cities schools and neighborhoods.
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Immigration and Employment on the West Bank

As part of the "Twin Cities Stories: Using Data for the Common Good" project, IRP worked with organizations located in and serving the West Bank community.
Download W. Bank Demographics pdf here
Download W. Bank Employment Trends pdf here

Latinos in the Region

As part of the "Twin Cities Stories: Using Data for the Common Good" project, IRP created materials for the Latino Economic Development Center.
Download Latino/Hispanic Demographics pdf here
Download Further Latino Maps pdf here

The Effects of School Characteristics on Incarceration Rates in Minnesota (2011)

This research traces a group of inmates back to the neighborhoods where they lived when arrested and to the schools they attended to evaluate the relationship between segregation by race and income in neighborhoods and schools and incarceration.
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"Parcel Data for Research and Policy,"
by Steven Manson, Heather Sander, Debarchana Ghosh, et al, Geography Compass (10 Feb 2009)
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"Access To Growing Job Centers in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area,"
by Thomas Luce, Myron Orfield, and Jill Mazullo, CURA Reporter (36 Spring 2006)
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"Local Revenue Hills: A General Equilibrium Specification With Evidence From Four U.S. Cities,"
by Andrew Haughwout, Robert Imman, Steven Craig, Thomas Luce, Review of Economics and Statistics (Spring 2004)
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