Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett pledged his commitment to the City’s “2020 Bicentennial” agenda, designed to make life better for people in Indianapolis. It’s made up of six parts — Choose, Connect, Love, Serve, Thrive and Work Indy.
IndyVitals, a new digital neighborhood monitoring tool for Marion County that is powered by SAVI, debuted June 7 to mark the City of Indianapolis’ official community-wide unveiling of its Bicentennial Plan.
The Polis Center developed IndyVitals for Plan 2020, the city-planning initiative that includes representatives from the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Department of Public Works, the Indy Chamber, and other community leaders.
“Plan 2020 is the name of the Bicentennial Planning process for Indianapolis and Marion County that involves the creation of a broad, values-based vision, a set of actions steps that partners have committed to completing by the city’s Bicentennial in 2020, and updates to six technical city plans,” said Brad M. Beaubien, AICP, Administrator for Long Range Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis-Marion County.
The tool is one of the four main elements of the city’s bicentennial plan (the other elements are the agenda, the plan, and engagement evaluation). It will help organize the Plan 2020 endeavor and monitor the impact of the blueprint within neighborhoods so that Plan 2020 members can determine if the results match the desired outcome. See more.
WFYI has launced a new multimedia series, “Intersections“ that explores the complex issues that intersect some of Indy’s most challenged areas. Visit https://wfyinews.atavist.com/intersections to learn more about the series.
We’re glad to share that SAVI helped develop the interactive visualizations that are featured in WFYI’s Intersections series. It is increasingly recognized that socio-economic factors play a large role in neighborhood crime rates and SAVI’s visualizations highlight unemployment rates, poverty rates, and educational attainment for Marion County and the six distressed neighborhoods.
WFYI also utilized The Polis Center’s Project on Religion and Urban Culture to obtain histories of the neighborhoods where the DPS focus areas are located.
Head over to https://wfyinews.atavist.com/intersections#chapter-247079 to explore our powerful visualizations and visit https://wfyinews.atavist.com/intersections to read all of the stories.
The 2009-2013 five-year average of unemployment in all of Indianapolis compared to each of the six focus areas.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Sustainable Communities Initiatives supports community-driven efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through comprehensive community development. In 2006, Indianapolis launched the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative (GINI) to promote healthy communities through comprehensive quality-of-life planning and development. This effort has resulted in several programs and targeted investments in six demonstration sites throughout the city. This report is intended to help local funders, civic and neighborhood leaders, and LISC staff monitor change in these areas of concentrated investment by providing local data and indicators of quality-of-life in one of the six target neighborhoods, West Indianapolis.
Initial Report (Baseline)
SAVI Community Profile (Most Recent Data)
SAVI Community Profile for Target Tracts