We are past the midway point in writing the Southside Quality of Life Plan! Read about the work that Action Teams have done so far, and don't forget that it's never too late to join an Action Team and influence the future of the Southside. Visit our events page to mark your calendar.
The Community Building team unites neighbors from Rosedale Hills, University Heights, Carson Heights, and Garfield Park, and we're still recruiting for representatives from our other Quality of Life neighborhoods!. The team's plans for the Southside Quality of Life area include asset-mapping, planning community social events, supporting the success of neighborhood associations, and building and strengthening cross-sector relationships in the Southside.
The Connectivity team is advocating for a healthier “village community” where residents of all ages and abilities can safely walk, bike, and ride transit to destination points in the Southside. They envision better infrastructure, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and trails or greenways.
Education and Workforce Development
The Education and Workforce Development team envisions stronger relationships between residents, schools, and businesses, with the goal of supporting opportunities for Southside students to work for industries in the area.
Health and Wellness
The Health and Wellness team plans to improve access to fresh and local food by working with grocery stores, food pantries, urban farms and farmers markets in the area to provide healthy and affordable options.
The Housing team will support a diversity of affordable housing opportunities for all Southside residents. Their plans include home repairs for low-income or senior residents, landlord accountability, and promotion of homeownership.
Madison Avenue Corridor
The Madison Avenue Corridor team envisions a commercial corridor along Madison Avenue and East Street of mixed-use development that enhances the connection between the University of Indianapolis and the south edge of downtown Indy. To attract development and promote the area as a good place to live, work, and do business, the team will develop partnerships and an active marketing strategy that communicates opportunities along the corridor.
The Shelby Street team aims to brand and market the area, revive abandoned buildings, enhance walkability and bike lanes, and develop relationships with local businesses and anchor establishments. These goals support their vision of Shelby Street as a commercial destination with an aesthetically pleasing appearance.