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Minnesota 3-D: Bringing Planning and Community Data Together Online.

Matson, Jeff, Kris Nelson, and Elissa Mahlik.

Communities interested in planning and community development have always looked to data as key pieces of the decision-making process. However, these data often come from a multitude of sources, vary greatly in geographic scale (coverage area) and resolution (level of detail), and cover disparate periods of time. Furthermore, community development and planning decision making tend to focus on only one dimension of the issue, such as housing, employment, business activity, or transportation. This approach may lead to development patterns that cannot be sustained over time. The problem of unsustainable development patterns is evident in the Twin Cities, where low-income households are frequently isolated in the central cities and unable to affordably commute to more distant, growing job centers, and new businesses choose to locate in prosperous suburban areas but are increasingly unable to find workers who can afford to live in the community. The growing 'spatial mismatch' in the Twin Cities between housing and jobs was the driving force for creating Minnesota 3-D (M3D). Publicly launched in September 2006, the M3D online application provides an easy-to-use interface for mapping a variety of community and economic development indicators across the seven-county metropolitan region. This article describes what M3D is, how the M3D system was built, the functionality of the system, the benefits for M3D users, and lessons learned from the program.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
37 (4): 28-39.
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Reporter 37 (4)

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