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Posted by saviadmin on Jul 25, 2014

What’s Trending in the Near Westside Neighborhood

By Sharon Kandris

The City of Indianapolis, IUPUI, and Lilly Endowment recently announced a $30 million investment to improve IUPUI and the Near Westside neighborhood (See IndyStar story by Erika Smith).  Some of the major improvements will include streetscapes, new bike lanes, and sidewalks – and turning New York Street and Michigan Road into two-way streets.  But how will this impact the neighborhood and its residents?  For one thing, it aligns with some of the goals the community established in its quality of life plan.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jan 22, 2014

Are we losing our best and brightest to other states?

By Jay Colbert

Opinions abound on the issue of “Brain Drain” in Indiana and elsewhere. Brain Drain is the term given when college graduates move out of state taking their knowledge and skills with them. What drives it, what can be done about it, and how do we compare to other peer cities in educational attainment?

Let’s go to the numbers and see what we can learn.

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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 25, 2013

New Trends in Poverty Report Reveals Disparities across Demographics and Neighborhoods

By Sharon Kandrissavi

1 out of 5 people in Marion County are in poverty.  For a family of 4, that means an annual income of $23,500 or less.

Last week, the US Census Bureau released the 2012 poverty rates for all counties across the nation.  While the data show there was no significant change in the poverty rate since 2011, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the rate has nearly doubled over the past decade in Marion County.  And its impacts are far reaching.  Poverty disproportionately effects some demographics more than others, and as a community, we must consider the implications of those disparities on service delivery and planning.

Our new Trends in Poverty report digs into the 2012 poverty data to explore the disparities that exist in Marion County by age, race, gender, education levels, and neighborhoods – and how that has changed since 2000.

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