Hello! Happy Wednesday! It’s Rob Burgess, NUVO News Editor, and I hope your week is going well. I'm excited to be back with you once again.
Last week, I shared with you the results of our first round of voting on our City Committee page, in which you submitted story ideas and then voted on which ones we should tackle. Once again, here's the winning question:
“My questions are about Indianapolis migration trends within I-465. Is the downtown housing boom sustainable? How many racial and economic minorities are being forced out? Where are they going? I'd like to see a story focused on answering these questions.”
In last Wednesday's newsletter, I asked for your expertise to help tackle this question.
You really came through!
Several readers, including Michael Starks and Jordan Hunt at the Indianapolis Public Library, pointed me towards the work of The Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, which created SAVI. I was even contacted separately by Matt Nowlin, research analyst at the The Polis Center, who offered to share their expertise with me, as well. (Great minds think alike!)
Additionally, Allison Luthe, executive director of the Martin Luther King Community Center, pointed me towards the work of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.
I will certainly be utilizing both these resources as they contain a wealth of data and insight on the subject.
Michael Dalrymple, an attorney who is building a home and moving his law practice to the Kennedy-King neighborhood, suggested I contact the Kennedy-King Neighborhood Association. I took his tip and followed up with Cynthia Hooks, president of the Kennedy King Neighborhood Association, who was kind enough to invite me to their meeting Monday night. It was great to meet with residents face-to-face. They had a lot of useful leads for me. In addition, I had a chance to catch up with Michael on the phone Tuesday.
Further, I have a phone interview scheduled for this morning with Abri Hochstetler, associate director of communications and annual giving for the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. I got in touch with Abri after Jim Morris, president and CEO, responded to my initial post. (He also referred me to SAVI's work.) Abri has also invited me to attend an event they are co-hosting with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Toby at Newfield, called “The Hidden Housing Crisis”
“We’ve invited New York Times-bestselling author Matthew Desmond to share a lecture and discussion around his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” wrote Abri. “Attendees of the sold out event will also hear from a local panel about how the issue of eviction affects families, residents, and landlords of our city. Moderated by Pamela Ross, vice president of opportunity, equity and inclusion with Central Indiana Community Foundation, panelists include: Joyce Hertko, PhD, director of community outreach and engagement at Indiana University Health; Vop Osili, chair of the Indianapolis City-County Council; George McMannis, vice president of compliance and operations, BWI Property Management; Michael Hurst, senior attorney at Indiana Legal Services; and Crystal Haslett, MSW, LCSW, coordinator of student programs and McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth liaison, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.”
As Abri said, the event is sold out, but if you happen to be there, come say hello!
As you can tell, I've got a lot of work ahead of me sifting through all these great resources you've led me to. I'll be sure to update you on my progress as the story continues to come together, but I'm glad to see the story is really coming together. And, I couldn't have done it without your help! Thank you! And, if you think of anything else that can help with story, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Enjoy the rest of your week - Rob