By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern
Marion County in Central Indiana has noted a trend, especially among young people, of a preference for a car-less existence and mixed zones of residential, green space, and businesses in an appealing environment. People want to live and work close enough that they can walk or bike. Although not formerly considered a city that offered many options in that regard, Indianapolis is working on making the city a better place to live, work and visit. Improvements have been made with the provision of extensive greenways such as the Monon and Cultural Trails, electric car-sharing services such as Blue Indy, bike sharing programs, and a more user-friendly IndyGo bus route network.
The six maps below compile data from the online IndyVitals tool to help you better understand the walkability and livability of Indianapolis neighborhood areas. The different metrics characterize neighborhoods by the ease with which one can get around using public transportation and pedestrian friendly routes. The walk, bike, and transit scores come from walkscore.com, a site and data collection originally built by Front Seat with the mission of promoting walkable neighborhoods as a simple solution to improve health, the environment, and the economy. (You can check out their full methodology here: walkscore.com/methodology.shtml.) The rest of the data was compiled by the staff of The Polis Center.
IndyVitals offers a tremendous amount of information about various Indianapolis neighborhoods. We encourage you to visit indyvitals.org and explore the areas in which you may want to live so you have a good snapshot to help make decisions.
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) is offering three free one-hour workshops to help guide you in the best ways to use the new digital tool IndyVitals, which measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County.
Designed by The Polis Center and powered by the SAVI community information system, IndyVitals was commissioned by the Plan 2020 Initiative to help community and civic leaders, non-profit and philanthropic partners, and others working to improve neighborhoods easily identify the diverse strengths and challenges across Indy. The goal is to focus resources and investments in ways that are most relevant to the true needs of Indy’s communities.
Workshops are scheduled for: August 22 from 12-1 PM, august 24, 6-7 PM, and September 14, 6-7 PM at INRC, 708 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Register here or call 317.920.0330.
Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis, will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.
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.