South Indianapolis Quality of Life

About South Indianapolis Quality of Life

Big Car Collaborative is committed to the success of the South Indianapolis (SoIndy) Quality of Life Plan we served a leadership role and helped team up with neighborhood leaders to provide community development work on the near south side of Indianapolis. For five years, we served as the convener and fiscal agent of the SoIndy QOL Plan. Approved in 2016 by neighbors after more than a year of conversations and planning, we brought together working groups to address the needs of the south side—an area that has been overlooked for decades but features community assets like Garfield Park, Big Car’s Cruft Street cultural campus, the University of Indianapolis, Pleasant Run Greenway, and easy bike, walking, and transit access to downtown.


Residents within the boundaries of the SoIndy QOL Action Planning area (approximately 8 square miles) have identified seven areas of focus: Community Building, Connectivity, Education and Work Force Development, Health and Wellness, Housing, Madison Avenue Corridor and Shelby Street Corridor – all keys to improving the quality of life. With the Red Line bus rapid transit coming to Shelby Street in our neighborhood in 2018 and many other exciting opportunities in the works, now is a crucial time for smart community development with leadership from within the south side.

While we still support and partner with SoIndy in many ways, in 2021 we officially handed these efforts to the Southeast Neighborhood Development Development (SEND), a community development corporation created by neighbors to revitalize the near southeast side of Indianapolis and to enhance the quality of life for its diverse spectrum of residents.

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