February 2016

Initiating conversations on policy and partnerships in Phillips neighborhood

Waite House

This story is one of many examples showing how local organizations use data from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul neighborhood profiles to inspire action.

What were you aiming to do?

I conducted research to prepare policy recommendations in the Phillips community as part of my work on policy and systems change at Waite House community center. I prepared a fact sheet with specific demographics to set the context of the neighborhood as an introduction to the policy recommendations. The fact sheet was presented and handed to elected officials in a Latino community forum with two council members of the City of Minneapolis and a Park Board Commissioner representing that district.

Which information did you draw on?

I used total population, population by race/ethnicity, poverty rates, median household income, and data on households by tenure.

What happened?

Besides using it for our community forum last summer, the fact sheet has been used to initiate conversations within our organization to have an informed perspective of the community's makeup, and with our partner organizations to evaluate the situation of the neighborhood. With that basic data in mind, we are drafting recommendations to increase the well-being of the Phillips residents through accessing healthy food, growing their own food, and physical activity.

What advice would you share?

I would suggest translating the information into infographics. I would also advise other users to review data updates on Minnesota Compass. For instance, I wrote my fact sheet in June 2015 with the 2008-2012 ACS 5-year estimates. I have updated my information since then as the neighborhood profiles have the new 2009-2013 ACS estimates.

Submitted by Rosa Tock, project coordinator, Waite House/Pillsbury United Communities


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Our predefined neighborhood information was recently updated. Did you know?

  • The Cedar Riverside neighborhood has the largest share of workers in the health care and social assistance industry (29%)
  • The Payne-Phalen neighborhood is home to the highest number of residents of color: nearly 19,500, or 63% of the population
  • Household median income ranges from over $115,000 (Page) to $12,500 (Sumner- Glenwood)
  • Frogtown / Thomas-Dale has the highest share of households with residents under age 18 (33%); the share decreased from 42% in 2000
  • The Bryant neighborhood posts the longest commutes: 42 percent of residents (whose work is not home-based) travel 30 minutes or longer to work

Using our new custom tool:

  • Roughly 1 in 5 residents within a quarter-mile of the East Lake Street Corridor (running along Lake Street between Hiawatha Avenue and the Mississippi River) are 17 years or younger (18%)
  • In the half-mile stretch along Highway I-94 in Minneapolis' Camden and Near North communities, 19 percent of workers are in health care and social assistance. Eleven percent work in manufacturing
  • Around 90,500 people live within three miles of Minnesota's State Capitol in Saint Paul. Thirty-two percent can speak a language other than English
  • Median rent paid is $850 in the combined zip code areas of 55105 and 55116.
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