Dr. Michelle M. Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Planning
& Urban Studies and Geography at the University of New Orleans. Michelle is a
Certified Geographic Information Services Professional (GISP #91061). Michelle teaches
courses in applied geographic information systems, community development finance, urban
public finance, housing, urban studies, american city planning, neighborhood and land use
planning. She received a Masters in Regional Planning'84 and Ph.D.'01 from the
Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning with a focus on community
development and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). The CRP
Thesis was entitled "The Development of Pedestrianization in the United States: A
Case Study Evaluation of Boston's Downtown Crossing."
[https://newcatalog.library.cornell.edu/catalog/69177] The PhD dissertation title is
"The implications of spatial patterns and policies for residential valuation in
Boston, Massachusetts." [https://newcatalog.library.cornell.edu/catalog/4076338]
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs from Syracuse University in 1982. 

Michelle has worked in both public and private companies related to the finance of
residential and commercial real estate. Michelle is the Principal of Thompson RE
Consultants, a real estate research and education firm. She previously worked for the
RECOLL Management Corporation (Fleet Bank) as well as the Massachusetts Housing Finance
Agency (now Mass Housing) as a review appraiser of affordable housing development
projects. In addition, she was a licensed residential real estate appraiser in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts providing fee appraisal services. Michelle has a long-term
interest in working with community development organizations to provide technical
support, market research and evaluation services. 

Michelle’s research focuses the application of public participation geographic
information systems (PPGIS) in community development and reinvestment. Michelle is the
Project Manager of the web-based community mapping service, WhoData.org, which combines
parcel level neighborhood condition information with public data to monitor
socio-economic and demographic changes. Michelle has evaluated public reinvestment of
Louisiana Land Trust Properties through the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority in order
to consider a new definition of market value in this weak market city. Michelle has
worked with the Associated Neighborhood Development to identify areas of potential
reinvestment while evaluating community health & safety indicators in Hoffman
Triangle. Michelle has provided support to, and conducted research on, the Dudley Street
Neighborhood Initiative. Michelle was a Faculty Associate with the Lincoln Institute of
Land Policy and a Visiting Lecturer in the Cornell University Department of City and
Regional Planning. Michelle is the Assistant Director of Cross World Africa, Inc., a
504(c)3, providing cultural, education and micro-finance resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Public participation GIS and neighbourhood recovery: using community mapping for economic development, International Journal of Data Mining (2015)

Abstract: In 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana experienced an interruption in its neighborhood life cycle due...



Resilient and Regenerative Design in New Orleans: The Case of the Make It Right Project (with Amy Oliver and Isabelle Thomas), S.A.P.I.EN.S (2014)

According to Swiss Re, there are currently approximately 180 urban disasters globally per year. Hurricane...



Book Review: Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Elements of Successful Community Design by Sidney Brower, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (2014)

This book would be useful as a complement to a fundamental text on community design...



Introduction to Public Participation Geographic: Special Issue (with Kelly D. Owens), Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (2013)

With the progression of PPGIS, variations in the technology’s adaptability and application have brought forth...



Assessing Street Conditions through Volunteer Spatial Mapping in Lakeview (with Michael Madej, Martin Salmon, Meredith Soniat, and Lynn Dupont), Planning and Urban Studies Reports and Presentations (2012)

In September 2011 volunteers from the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association (LCIA) began taking inventory of...




Visual Valuation: Implementing Valuation Modeling and Geographic Information Solutions (with Mark L. Linne) (2010)

This book offers innovative thinking and technological solutions to many of the issues confronting the...



The Development of Pedestrianization in the United States: A Case Study Evaluation of Boston's Downtown Crossing (1984)

This is a retrospective analysis of pedestrian malls in the United States. The case study...


Contributions to Books


Building Back Tremé Using PPGIS to Evaluate Neighborhood Stability (with Brittany N. Arceneaux and Elizabeth G. Major), Cities & Disasters (2015)

The Historic Faubourg Tremé community of New Orleans is leading the community strategic planning process...




Understanding the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood: Mapping Quality of Life Indicators in the Black Pearl (with Tori Berliner, Jessi Boney, Angela De Melo, Cathleen Campbell, Anthony Couvillon, Tarynn Dunn, Florence Djoleto, Jennie Garcia, Kelsea Hundtoft, Syed Islam, Reynaldo Johnson, Taylor Jones, Matt Loftis, Travis Martin, Eric Pate, Johannes Schmid, Lindsey Smith, Nicholas Sorrells, Kathryn Sullivan, and Deneka Vallius), 2015 by University of New Orleans (2015)

In the spring of 2015, University of New Orleans (UNO) students enrolled in the MURP...



Historic Faubourg Tremé Association Mapping & Analysis (with Laura Banos, Jasmine Bazley, Xiaoxu Chen, Derreck Deason, Alexander Dolmseth, Race Hodges, Grace E. Major, Nicholas Perez-Alvarez, Morgan Shepard, Nicholas Puczkowskyj, and Teira Woodridge), WhoData.org and University of New Orleans (2014)

The "Historic Faubourg Tremé Association Mapping & Analysis" is a continuation of public participation geographic...



WhoData Project Newsletter May 2014 (with Brittany N. Arceneaux), WhoData.org and University of New Orleans (2014)

WhoData is a community action research and service program. Since 2009 the team of volunteers...



The Claiborne Corridor: Mid-Anchor Business Profiles 2014 (with Laura Banos, Brittish Bostic-Bryant, Tiffany Campo, Rexter Chambers, Derreck Deason, Taryn Dunn, Taylor Jones, Tyinna Jones, Sarah Larock, Matthew Loftis, Grace Major, Rene Pastorek, Eric Pate, Brooke Perry, Yang Ran, Amanda Shine, Amy Ulmer, and Teira Woodridge), Planning and Urban Studies Reports and Presentations (2014)

The New Orleans Business Alliance and the Mayor’s Office of Place-based Planning are working closely...



WhoData.org 2012 Newsletter (with Darin Acosta, Alena A. Anderson, Brittany N. Arceneaux, Josh Baer, Brian J. Baldwin, Carl Seifert, and Chandra Teddleton), WhoData.org 2012 Project Newsletter (2013)

WhoData.org, a community-focused public participation geographic information project, aims to share data that academic, public,...



Evaluation of WhoData.org as an applied Public Participation Geographic Information System (PPGIS) (with Derreck B. Deason, Brittany N. Arceneaux, and Philip Gilmore), Katrina@10 (2015)

Recent advancements in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in planning theory and practice...



Neighborhood Development Foundation (NDF) Homebuyer Locations and Purchase Dates Next (with Philip Gilmore, Kathryn R. Sullivan, and Brittany N. Arceneaux), Katrina@10 (2015)

Next year (2016) marks the 30th anniversary of the Neighborhood Development Foundation in New Orleans....




The Ada Lovelace Woman of the Year in NOLATech Award, Nominee (2015)

Nominees for the first Ada Lovelace Prize are New Orleans women who have displayed or...



Ten Years After Katrina: New Orleans’ Recovery, and What Data Had to Do with it Open data matters most when the stakes are high (2015)

WhoData.org was mentioned in the article. The author, Denice Ross (@denicewross) is a New Orleanian...



UNO team plots lots as land use debate unfurls in Treme (2014)

Advocates for rejuvenating the Treme now have a blueprint to work from.

A team with...



UNO’s Planning and Urban Studies Department Completes Mapping and Analysis of Tremé (2014)

Ninety-seven percent of the buildings in the historic Tremé neighborhood are rated either good or...