First up last fall was Minnetonka, a community of 50,000 residents just west of the Twin Cities. The city and RCP identified eight projects to tackle together, including stormwater management, a housing density study, and water and energy conservation initiatives. Then the students set to work. The photo at the beginning of this post shows architecture graduate students touring a redevelopment site for their work on stormwater mitigation for the Minnehaha Creek watershed. At the right, graduate student Maggie Satler interviews a Minnetonka resident for her research on creating stronger neighborhood identities in the city. All together, some 150 students from 10 courses representing some seven schools and colleges spent at least part of the semester helping make Minnetonka a healthier, more resilient community
RCP staff are now meeting with communities interested in participating in the program in 2013-14. To learn more, go to rcp.umn.edu.
Photo of graduate student Maggie Satler interviewing a Minnetonka resident courtesy by Mike Greco. Photo of ARCH 8567 graduate students surveying Minnehaha Creek by Katie Thompson.