Building communities that are walkable, attractive and culturally diverse will help attract and retain residents of all ages and socioeconomic status, increasing the tax base and reversing many of the negative trends.
» JPMorgan Chase Foundation
» BMO Harris Bank
» Buckingham Foundation
» Central Indiana Community Foundation
» Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
» Metropolitan Board of REALTORS®
» Reconnecting to Our Waterways
» An organized community group with a comprehensive neighborhood improvement plan
» Investment by private investors/developers
» Presence of waterways and/or public green spaces
» Location on proposed transit routes
» Desire to create or revitalize a mixed‐use place that will encourage walkability
» Participation of a nearby anchor institution as an investment partner
Places that are able to achieve a majority, if not all, of these criteria are given greater consideration.
The initiative is governed by a Steering Committee of leaders that reflects an equally diverse, cross-sector representation.
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As each Great Place develops a plan and works with the other Great Places, it is the goal of the program to identify, expand and create strategies targeted to address critical challenges applicable to all Indianapolis neighborhoods. Challenges include:
» Commercial and residential mobilization
» Land assembly and environmental cleanup
» Homeownership development and repair
» Green space financing
» Social innovation
» Providing goods and services
» Purchasing goods and services
» Employing area workers
» Spurring land use and infrastructure needs
The anchor institution’s role in each Great Place will be more clearly defined during the planning process but is integral to the neighborhood’s livelihood.