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Design Thinking for Neighborhood Identities 2.

Hendricks, Jo Ann.

Produced by students in LS 5100: Design Thinking for Action (Instructor Virajita Singh, College of Design) as part of the 2012-2013 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of Minnetonka. 

Minnetonka has many residential neighborhoods, but neighborhood representation and participation varies widely–from a few formal neighborhood organizations to numerous informal associations and, in many cases, no organizational representation at all. This project surveyed existing neighborhood associations in Minnetonka to help the city understand what they do and how they function, and researched local and national models for facilitating and supporting the creation of neighborhood organizations. The project also used design thinking to examine how residents currently envision community in Minnetonka. This approach suggested that, because residents socially engage based on mutual interests and activities–such as clubs, schools, and recreational activities–strengthening social ties and community by creating geographically-defined neighborhoods might not be as effective as enhancing or augmenting existing social networks.

This report is the second of 2 reports related to the neighborhood Identity in the City of Minnetonka. The first is CURA publication call number

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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