Greenspace Assessment for Marion County

Blog post by Matthew Dietrich, Danielle Lafever, Asger Ali, Aaron Olson
May 24, 2023

The Polis Center   (Indianapolis)

Greenspace is an important component of urban centers and can have many beneficial effects for both humans and the environment. However, greenspace is not equal across an entire urban center, nor can it be developed in the same ways throughout a city. Based on a holistic and comprehensive assessment of greenspace needs in Marion County, we made estimates on where further greenspace development should be prioritized. While there is spatial variability in greenspace priorities throughout the city of Indianapolis, there are areas that clearly require attention, particularly lower income minority areas that are still experiencing the effects of historic inequities. Our greenspace priorities index will hopefully provide a starting point for deeper community assessment and engagement for neighborhoods needing more greenspace development and prioritization.