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ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The Smart Growth District initiative seeks to develop a new model for neighborhood rebirth. One that builds new without getting rid of the old. And one where everyone, new neighbor or longtime resident, are welcome and have equal contributions to neighborhood life and opportunities.
The ideas have been around for decades in adopted neighborhood plans, in the hard work of neighborhood organizations, and through the work of community development corporations. Recently, two other initiatives have provided renewed momentum to implementing these ideas.
First, the Indianapolis Green Commission, an advisory group of community stakeholders promoting a greener, more sustainable community, proposed an idea of adopting a place in Indianapolis where innovative infrastructure and development could be demonstrated and modeled.
Next, the City of Indianapolis is working to receive a federal planning grant to determine the routes and stations for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT). Once planning for this initiative is complete and if the routes run along planned corridors then King Park may see several of these lines and station in its area. This BRT will allow rapid transit to and from the different sides of the county and they will intersect downtown. This will allow more convenient work commutes and greater ease of travel for visitors to downtown neighborhoods. It is important for King Park to develop and re-develop amenities that are appealing to visitors, workers and residents to allow it to capitalize on the proposed transit.
A handful of neighborhood and community stakeholders saw the stars aligning and saw an opportunity to build on the groundwork laid by those neighborhood plans and organizations and put together an initiative to weave these and other opportunities together.
Principles and Goals
- Sustainability refers to the long-term viability of a community from ecological, social, and economic perspectives.
- Transit must be approached as a long term investment in the future of our region that leverages private investment to sustainably renew communities.
- Economic vitality and opportunity at the neighborhood level is critical to the economic viability of the region.
- Mobility (the ability of a person to travel from one place to another) is more fundamental than transportation (the act of travelling).
- Cultural and socioeconomic integration promotes increased levels of social capital, fosters the exchange of ideas, and stimulates the innovation required for our community to remain competitive.
- Neighborhoods must be complete, providing residents with all necessary components of daily life, as well as flexible, accommodating changes in economic and household conditions.
- Ecological quality must be improved by redevelopment activities and through increased connections between residents and natural systems.
- Energy sources and systems must be renewable, distributed, and neighborhood-based