Date of Award

January 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Geographic Information Science

First Advisor

Devon Hansen


Older neighborhoods across the country are at risk of collapse. In response, city governments are taking a renewed interest in their older inner-city districts. Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) is one way local governments are renewing and revitalizing these neighborhoods. This is happening in Grand Forks, ND. Consequently, this study's focus is on the perceptions of residents in the Near South Side neighborhood (NSS).

Data was collected through a questionnaire survey. A total of 203 replies were received from the pool of 740 surveys distributed in the Mayors Urban Neighborhood Initiative and the attached historic district. The four research questions focused on conditions and quality of life issues. Results indicate that the NSS neighborhood is a vibrant and safe neighborhood. This study adds to the knowledge MUNI and NSS neighborhood association have of their residents. The data collected here can be used to guide future efforts of both the NSS association and MUNI. This research can be used as a framework for future investigations into MUNI neighborhoods in the future