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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) identifies changes that optimize positive and minimize negative health consequences of a proposed policy or project. HIA focuses on human health and the potential for health impacts that may be felt by those most impacted by the policy or project. This HIA is being conducted to analyze the potential health effects of the Phase 2 reconstruction project of the Lowry Avenue Corridor.
The Lowry Avenue Corridor is located north of downtown Minneapolis. This formerly vibrant community corridor has become an area of concentrated poverty and unemployment, with associated high rates of crime and drug use. To address the decline of Lowry Avenue, the county and city undertook an extensive planning process, with strong community input, in 2001 and 2002. The outcome of the planning process was the Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan.