GEOG 365: Urban GIS

Urban GISMany neighborhood and community groups, local units of government, and research organizations have begun to implement Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a wide range of tasks related to research, planning, and management in urban areas. In this class, we participate in a "real world" application of our knowledge and skills in GIS in a semester-long collaborative research project.

In previous semesters, we have partnered with neighborhood community groups around campus to study Macalester students living off-campus, and with the Community Affairs department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to study the patterns and characteristics of mortgage foreclosures in the Twin Cities and the jobs-housing spatial mismatch hypothesis for the Twin Cities metro. In Spring 2009, we again worked with the Community Affairs department of the Fed as well as Folwell Neighborhood Association, this time to examine neighborhood stabilization issues in North Minneapolis.

Laura Smith, Associate Professor


Civic Engagement Projects

*The project reports listed below may be downloaded in their entirety from the Geography Department's Civic Engagement page.

  • SPRING 2012:  Examining Local Housing Markets: Five Twin Cities Neighborhood Profiles
  • FALL 2010:  Mapping Indian Land Tenure in Minnesota
  • SPRING 2009:  Changing Conditions and Neighborhood Stabilization in North Minneapolis Neighborhoods
  • SPRING 2008:  Examing Spatial Mismatch in the Twin Cities Metro
  • SPRING 2006:  North Minneapolis: Examining Neighborhood Trends with GIS
  • SPRING 2005:  Land Use Regulations in the Twin Cities: Spatial Trends
  • SPRING 2004:  Foreclosures in the Twin Cities: Analysis of Spatial Trends