Public infrastructure has commonly been identified as a catalyst in spurring economic development. As access to a neighborhood and surrounding business centers is improved, quality of life and increased employment opportunities for residents should follow.
As part of the execution of the 2007 Southeast Side Strategic Plan, SEND requested graduate students in a Public Affairs capstone course in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to work with the Department of Public Works (DPW) to create a tool for assessing the streets, curbs and sidewalks, and alleys in the area. This tool can also be used by other neighborhoods to conduct their own assessments.
Download a PDF file of the Assessment for Neighborhood Leaders here. (2.3MB)
Download a PDF file for people performing the assessment here. (3MB)
Download sample Excel spreadsheets of the Street Survey and Sidewalk Survey.
Download sample Word documents of the Street and Alley Survey Map and Curb and Sidewalk Survey Map.
Using the infrastructure assessment, SEND worked with neighborhood groups, local businesses, and local organizations to conduct a systematic evaluation of the streets, curbs, sidewalks, and alleys in the SEND catchment area using the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) methodologies. Special thanks to the Southeast Local Learning Partnership (SELP) and Lilly for their support, both with finances and resources.
Download the full neighborhood street assessment map here (10MB)
Download the completed Street Assesment here (2.2MB)
Download the completed Curb and Sidewalk Assessment here (6.3MB)
To report Trash, Weeds, Potholes, etc, use the Mayor’s Action Center.
To report IPL streetlight outages, use IPL’s website.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact SEND Public Space Chairman Jeff Miller .