Summer 2013–December 2014
In the summer of 2013, Professor Lisa Dunaway was contacted by Pastor Hill, the Industry Neighborhood Association President, about creating an immersive learning partnership between the neighborhood and an urban planning studio from Ball State University. At this time, Industry claimed their spot on a list of communities awaiting plans. Conversations between Ms. Dunaway, Pastor Hill and Donna Roberts of the neighborhood association continued and during the December 2014 neighborhood association meeting, Ms. Dunaway spoke to an excited crowd about the planning process and what they could expect.
At their first meeting together, the studio and neighborhood residents talked about what they hoped to accomplish by creating an action plan. Existing strengths and areas in need of improvement in the neighborhood were also a part of the discussion. During the first weeks of class, the studio researched Industry to gain a better understanding of the history of the neighborhood.
The students then continued to learn about the Industry community through several visits to the area. In a process that involved taking several pages of observational notes and photographs, the studio conducted an extensive site analysis that looked at the existing physical conditions in the area such as sidewalks, streets, land uses, lighting, and trees.
After finishing the research process, students created maps of existing physical conditions and questions for surveys that were later distributed to residential and business properties in Industry. These surveys aimed to help the studio better understand the needs and wants of the community.
Using the information from the surveys, neighborhood research, and resident input,
students created goal groups that contained specific initiatives, or suggested programs, for the neighborhood.
The given goal groups were:
The initiatives in these groups were taken directly from the resident interests brought up at the first meeting.
Due to inclement weather, the February meeting was cancelled. The students, however, had sufficient information to continue refining the initiatives and, where applicable, began to map out suitable and unsuitable locations and areas of priority.
The March neighborhood meeting highlighted each initiative and opened up the suitability maps to the community residents for discussion and feedback. All of the initiatives were opened up for voting on priority, allowing everyone to see which initiatives were considered high priorities by the residents of Industry. From this feedback, the students created the Industry Neighborhood Action Plan (iNAP).
April saw the final collation of work done and resources collected so far into the final action plan to be given to the Industry neighborhood, including the creation of this website. Once turned over, the students’ work was largely done with the responsibility for carrying the action plan to completion falling on the residents. Professor Lisa Dunaway will remain available to the Industry Neighborhood Association as a consultant able to provide advice and guidance on carrying out the action plan.
The INAP was created based on community input on the neighborhood’s needs and desires for future development. Appropriate use of these resources will help to ensure that the Industry Neighborhood Association can meet its goals and provide better environments within the neighborhood.