Urban Parks and Public Health The 2011 Survey of Parks, Leisure-time Activity, and Self-reported Health (SPLASH) finished strong.more info

SPLASH is a face-to-face survey project administered by trained interviewers at the respondent’s home.  The survey measures park-related perceptions and behaviors and self-reported health in three urban neighborhoods in Minneapolis, MN, including Harrison, Phillips, and Powderhorn Park. In 2010, the survey included 608 adult participants from different households (response rate 45%). Starting September 1, 2011, we have re-visited these 608 households. Eighty percent of these households (who were surveyed in 2010) have participated in this year’s survey.



Transit-Oriented Jobs-Housing Balance As part of the Corridors of Opportunities initiative, our research group is exploring innovative policy options to promote business and affordable housing development along Twin Cities’ transit corridors. more info

In this project, we will conduct in-depth interviews with at least 50 private-sector decision makers including business owners, corporation executives, real-estate developers, and investors.  The  interviews aim to (1) explore “leveraging points” for private sector decision makers to embrace transit-oriented development, and (2) identify partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors for job creation and affordable housing development near transitways.