Co-STAR Award

Elliot Altbaum, James Blake, Stacie Blaskowski, Haila Maze and Brian Schaffer
Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and Information Technology departments

Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson nominated the team for creating the Housing Inventory tool.

“This team worked together to create the Housing Inventory, a new dynamic citywide housing data platform. The Housing Inventory is a modeling and data visualization tool developed as the result of a staff direction to CPED for more information about our existing housing stock and market in order to better inform housing policy. The team went above and beyond everyday job expectations when, instead of simply creating a written report about existing conditions, they worked across disciplines and departments to create an ongoing data and analytical platform, visualized in Tableau, to inform policy and program decisions related to housing.

“The Housing Inventory allows planners and housing staff to better understand the characteristics of our city’s housing inventory, including how much of our housing is affordable to the different percentages of average median income and where it’s located. This allows targeted investment in affordable housing in areas where we have identified gaps. Characteristics like building condition, owner/renter characteristics, estimated rent, and type (e.g. single family, multifamily, number of bedrooms) are mappable.

“In order to produce the tool, staff had to identify and procure new data sources, collect existing public data, aggregate and develop data, model data in GIS, and visualize data in Tableau. The result of their hard work will inform policymakers and staff about trends and realities, and help them shape programs and investments to address housing needs in the city. This effort represents the future of planning and contributes to the City’s goal of being data driven and results-oriented. It will contribute to the City’s One Minneapolis goal.”

Published Feb 23, 2016

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