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.

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 2016:  Examining the Context of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
    • SPRING 2015:  Identifying Leading Indicators of Gentrification
    • SPRING 2014:  The Minnehaha Creek Watershed:  Mapping the Master Water Stewards Program
    • SPRING 2013:  Minneapolis Riverfront Vitality Indicators Project
    • 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