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47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Wednesday, April 19 • 12:45pm - 5:00pm
Tour 1: Nonprofit Housing Development in the Twin Cities

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Tour Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tour Time: 1pm – 5pm
Tour Leader(s): Neeraj Mehta, Director of Community Based Programs, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Pre-departure Meeting Time: 12:45pm
Pre-departure Meeting Location: Hotel lobby of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel
Ticket price: $25 (USD)
Tour Capacity: 25 participants
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The Twin Cities have a very active nonprofit sector working on affordable housing and community development.  This tour will highlight two recent notable projects completed by local community development corporations, PPL and Hope Community. We will meet with staff from both CDCs and tour their developments.

PPL’s Hawthorne EcoVillage is strengthening this north Minneapolis neighborhood, creating an environmentally-friendly community with wide appeal while addressing crime, foreclosure and property abandonment. PPL has brought its expertise in housing and community development to help create and implement the EcoVillage’s long-term plans.

In 1999, Hope envisioned rebuilding all four corners of a long-abandoned intersection in the Phillips neighborhood, just one mile south of downtown. There was significant skepticism about changing this high traffic, drug-ridden area of Minneapolis. Undaunted, Hope put together a strategic partnership with non-profit developer Aeon. Their vision of a diverse, multi-cultural community is becoming a reality. Learn more about the project’s history.

  • Hope has developed and rehabbed nearly 300 units of high-quality rental and homeownership housing, from studios to large three-bedroom units.
  • Ample green space, semi-private courtyards, and children’s play spaces invite residents and neighbors to gather and strengthen community ties.
  • The intersection marks a gateway not only to downtown Minneapolis, but to a vibrant future for this diverse urban neighborhood.


Wednesday, April 19, 1pm – 5pm
Pre-departure Time: 12:45pm
Pre-departure Location: Hotel Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel

Additional tour details:
Arrive at 1:15pm at First Stop Hope Community 611 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN
Tour of Hope until 2:15pm.
Depart Hope and Arrive at PPL Hawthorne Eco Village at 2:45pm.
Tour and Discussion of Eco Village until 4pm.
Return to hotel by 4:30pm.



Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:45pm - 5:00pm
Meet in conference hotel lobby at 12:45pm