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Neighborhood Environmental Inventories on the Internet: Creating a New Kind of Community Resource for Phillips Neighborhood.

Kurtz, Hilda, Helga Leitner, Eric Sheppard, and Robert McMaster.

Residents of inner-city neighborhoods and many communities around the country have become increasingly concerned about the environmental and social sustainability of the places in which they live. One proposed tool for residents trying to monitor and address challenges to neighborhood sustainability is the neighborhood environmental inventory. This article reports on the results of a community-university partnership between the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota and residents of the Phillips neighborhood in south Minneapolis, the goal of which was to develop a GIS-based Phillips neighborhood environmental inventory that reflected residents' sustainability priorities, documented the challenges they face, and provided a community resource for neighborhood organizers and residents alike. The article provides background on the Phillips neighborhood and the community organizations involved in the partnership; discusses how the environmental inventory was constructed based on resident concerns and priorities, and using GIS technology and available government data; explains how the inventory was placed on the Internet to make it more easily and widely available to residents; suggests possible uses of the data available on the inventory website; and discusses the benefits to and limitations of this kind of community-university partnership.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by an interactive research grant from CURA and the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota, NPCR, and the National Science Foundation.
31 (2): 20-26.
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Reporter 31 (2)