Urban Dynamics Blog: Minneapolis

What is Urban Dynamics? It’s a fancy name for the study of cities by way of the scientific method and mathematics. But it’s an important name nonetheless; and the credit of the name ought to go to Jay W. Forrester. He was the first of the urban dynamicists. And he first proposed the idea in his book Urban Dynamics in the 1960’s. I am the next generation.

What is this page?

This is the UBD page for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis is one the largest cities in the upper midwest and it also has one of the strongest markets as well. In addition, the unemployment rate is usually in the top 5 for the 50 largest cities in the United States.

Socio-Economic Variables

The variables that will be discussed and illustrated on this page are Condemned and Vacant Buildings (CVBs), Foreclosures, Crime, and Unemployment.

Condemned and Vacant Buildings (CVBs)

Data, graphs, and explanations coming soon!


Here are the foreclosures for the City of Minneapolis from the 4th Quarter of 2006 through the 2nd Quarter of 2016. This gallery of maps illustrates how foreclosures have reduced overall and throughout the entire city over the past 10 years. In addition, foreclosures have reduced quite a bit in North Minneapolis, specifically the 4th and 5th Wards.

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These observations are very significant. Why? I’ll touch upon this very soon! Check back soon!

In the mean time, I’ll leave you with these thoughts. Remember, a scientific hypothesis derives from observations and observational data. In addition, this information must be reproducible.


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More data, graphs, and explanations coming soon!


Here are the annual average rankings for unemployment for the 50 largest cities here in the United States. In 2015, Minneapolis finished with the third lowest average unemployment rate over a 12 month period just behind Austin and Omaha, which finished with the lowest and second lowest unemployment rates, respectively.


Data, graphs, and explanations coming soon!