Collection on the Minneapolis Model City Program
Description of Contents
The collection consists of studies, surveys, reports, and organizational materials from the Model City Program. The records document the condition of south-central Minneapolis in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as the future that planners envisioned for it.
Boxes 1-2 and 8 contain drafts and final reports from the program's many committees, meeting minutes of the Policy and Planning Committee, and organizational information. Boxes 3-4 and 9-10 contain publicity material, calendars, memoranda, and meeting minutes of program committees and subcommittees. Boxes 5-7 contain files and photographs that document the condition of buildings, listed by address, within the Model Neighborhood Area as part of a housing survey. Boxes 11-12 contain preliminary and official program planning and evaluation documentation used for reporting to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Minneapolis. Box 13 contains aerial photographic negatives of the model city region.
- Creation: 1966 - 1978
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971
- Minneapolis Model City Program (Organization)
The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours. All photographs from this collection are available in the Minneapolis Model City Collection in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.
In 1967, the Lyndon Johnson administration’s Model Cities program gave $11 million in grants to 65 projects in 63 cities across the country that ranged in size from New York City to Pikeville, Kentucky. Minneapolis was one of the recipients.
Beginning in 1968 and continuing into the mid-1970s, the Minneapolis Model City Program operated as a free-standing entity with its own staff, working in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis to improve urban neighborhoods by involving residents throughout the planning, implementation, and evaluation process. Minneapolis selected a large portion of south-central Minneapolis as its "Model Neighborhood Area." The program sought to address physical problems, such as substandard housing and deterioration, as well as social problems in education, healthcare, and other social services. The program received mixed reviews from local and national media. With constant cuts to funding, the program realized a fraction of its original goals, yet it ushered in a new generation of urban leaders, especially those from communities of color.
Part of a larger Minneapolis urban renewal plan that included projects in north Minneapolis, the Gateway District, Como, and the St. Anthony-Main neighborhood, the Model Neighborhood project covered 3.9 square miles and included several of the city's major institutions, industries, shopping districts, and parks. Its borders were: Lyndale Ave. to the west; Franklin Ave., 3rd Ave. S, 16th St., Marquette Ave., 5th Ave., 15th St., Portland Ave., and 17th St. to the north; Hiawatha Ave. to the east; and 32nd St., 15th Ave., and 36th St. to the south. Residents of the Central, Corcoran, Lyndale, Phillips, Powderhorn Park, Ventura Village, and Whittier neighborhoods all participated in the program.
7.04 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 9 binders)
Language of Materials
This collection was compiled by library staff over many years. Housing survey materials and photographs were donated by the City of Minneapolis by city council motion in 1975. They and the majority of collection materials were accessioned as accession 2000.179. Aerial photographs were donated by the City of Minneapolis in February 2014 as accession 2014.04.
- Minneapolis (Minn.) Model Cities Technical Assistance Team. (1971). Basis for a policy for model city comprehensive planning: A technical assistance report for the Model City Program. Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Planning and Development Dept. (HT177 .M6 M52 1971b)
- Minneapolis (Minn.) Model Cities Technical Assistance Team. (1972). Impact evaluation designs for selected model city projects. Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Planning and Development Dept. (HT177 .M6 M52 1972)
- Holte, V. E. (1971). Basis for a policy for model city comprehensive planning: A technical assistance report for the Model City Program. Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Planning and Development Dept. (Z733 .M67H6 1971)
- Minneapolis (Minn.) Model Cities Technical Assistance Team. (1973). Beyond model cities: a staff recommendation prepared by the model cities technical assistance team. Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis Planning and Development Department. (HT177 .M5A448 1973)
- Center for Governmental Studies (Washington, D.C.). (1975). Assessment of the impact of Minneapolis model city program; a report of the Center for Governmental Studies for the Minneapolis model city program. Washington, D.C.: Center for Governmental Studies. (HT177.M6C4 1975)
- Minneapolis (Minn.) Department of Planning and Development (1971). New patterns : transportation options for model city residents. Minneapolis, Minn.: Department of Planning and Development. (HE4491.M69M6).
- Minneapolis (Minn.). Department of Planning and Development. (1973?). Powderhorn Community: neighborhood profiles. [Prepared by] Model Cites Program, Minneapolis Dept. of Planning and Development [and] Model Cities Technical Assistant Team. Minneapolis, Minn.: Department of Planning and Development. (HT168 .M6A52 1973)
Boxes 1-7 of the collection were processed and organized by Stewart Van Cleve in 2015. Additional organizational material, reports, meeting minutes, and planning documents produced by the Minneapolis Model City Program and received from the City of Minneapolis were added to the collection by Wendy Guerra in 2016. Aerial photographs were added by Jenna Jacobs in November 2019.
- Collection on the Minneapolis Model City Program
- Stewart Van Cleve
- July 2015
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