Mattie Rhodes Center and
UMKC Institute for Human Development
Partner with Indian Mound Neighborhood
to Improve Quality of Life
To address problems affecting quality of life in an historic urban community, residents of Indian Mound are pursuing neighborhood renewal and improvement. Local leaders and UMKC Institute for Human Development researchers alike recognize Indian Mound as a proud, multi-cultural community that is becoming energized and hopeful for the future once again. As a springboard to action, residents are leveraging the Indian Mound Neighborhood Quality of Life Study through an open action research process over six months.
The Quality of Life Planning project in Kansas City’s Indian Mound neighborhood is an initiative that convenes community leaders, residents, and other stakeholders to examine issues and explore solutions for the neighborhood’s improvement in a comprehensive manner. This study and planning process is sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council as part of a larger initiative, the Historic Northeast Sustainable Redevelopment Project. The Mattie Rhodes Center provides leadership and guidance for the entire Northeast community project and specifically to this process in the Indian Mound Neighborhood. This process will result in an action-oriented plan for the revitalization of the area in a manner consistent with the aspirations and perceived needs of its residents.
In order to inform the process with grounded data, a steering team was convened to act as an advisory committee for the project. Initial research was conducted to examine issues and perceived needs of the Indian Mound neighborhood as well as identifying the existing community resources. This community assessment will help to drive the remainder of the Quality of Life Planning process. The planning process involves garnering civic engagement, convening community stakeholders, facilitating resident and stakeholder discussions, and developing community rejuvenation plans that include initiatives, strategies, and indicators.
The resulting Indian Mound Neighborhood Quality of Life Study, based upon a six-month open action research process, has been recently released.
For more information, contact:
John Fierro, Executive Director, Mattie Rhodes Center, at 816.918.8852 or email@example.com.
Mike Abel, Research Associate, UMKC Institute for Human Development, at 816.235.6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.