Covering 8 square miles with a population of nearly 40,000, the South Indy Qol neighborhoods include Bean Creek, Garfield Park, University Heights, Carson Heights, Meridian Raymond, South Village, Northwest Perry and Rosedale Hills. The eight neighborhoods, with distinct history and identities, boast a range of housing options, commercial corridors serving local and regional needs, educational institutions from pre-k to graduate and recreational destinations. Equitable growth in all neighborhoods will occur with improved mass transit and connectivity, housing and workforce development and revitalization of commercial nodes and corridors creating opportunities for all who live, work and visit in South Indy.
A quality-of-life planning process engages stakeholders in defining a shared vision for their neighborhood’s future that includes all aspects of life, such as housing, safety, culture, parks, health care, child care, education and economic development. This results in a written document that captures a collaborative vision and outlines clear action steps, timelines, and individuals or institutions responsible for making it a reality. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis originated Quality of Life planning in Indianapolis neighborhoods through the Greater Indianapolis Neighborhood Initiative in 2008. Incorporating a resident-led framework of community planning, LISC stabilized eight areas of Indianapolis with the support of hundreds of anchor institutions, businesses and thousands of residents resulting in $458 million leveraged investment impacting housing, community and economic growth. In Spring 2015, LISC, University of Indianapolis (UIndy) and Fifth Third Bank announced the ninth QoL planning area in South Indy. Feedback from over 200 South Indy residents and community partner interviews, as well as input from 225 February 2016 Visioning Summit attendees, provided resident leaders from all eight neighborhoods the direction to focus planning efforts in seven QoL areas: Community Building, Connectivity, Education & Workforce Development, Health & Wellness, Housing and Shelby Street and Madison Avenue Corridors.
The South Indy QoL effort is just the beginning. Residents will move from planning to implementation. Guided by LISC’s Great Places 2020 LOVE framework, the Action Teams will focus priorities in Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education to further align with city-wide development already in place. Stays connected and take part in shaping the future in South Indy.