The Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative (GINI) was a pilot planning initiative that introduced Quality of Life planning to the city, a grassroots planning concept that is developed and implemented by neighborhoods. GINI had two components: an engagement initiative that provided seed funding for neighborhood initiatives, and a demonstration initiative that facilitated an intense planning process in six Indianapolis neighborhoods.
CAP:IC assisted in the development of the demonstration initiative, including helping to develop the GINI Planning Handbook, a user-friendly, step-by-step guide that walked neighborhood residents through the planning process. The GINI handbook has since been adapted for use in similar processes by communities in Virginia, Florida, and Texas.
CAP:IC also facilitated a design charrette in each neighborhood, helping to illustrate plan ideas and assist residents in developing overall planning frameworks for their quality of life plans.
Finally, CAP:IC served as a communication resource, developing and managing the initiative website and producing the final plan documents.