Assessment of the Impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick

Services: Survey analysis, Spatial analysis, Geographic information systems, Focus groups, Economic impact analysis

Research Areas: Land Use & Environment, Housing & Community Development, Economic Development

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is expected to make a wide range of contributions to the quality of life and economy of central Indiana. This evaluation establishes a baseline for future evaluations and begins to measure the impact of the Cultural Trail.

To complete this evaluation, the Institute used a multi-faceted approach to capture the contributions the Cultural Trail makes to both the economy and quality of life in central Indiana. This impact can be measured in various ways at different levels of detail. The present analysis, includes counts of the number of individuals using the Trail, and Trail user and business surveys. The evaluation also seeks to detail perceptions of the Trail, and examines the impact of new business investment and growth in property value assessments. Finally, trail usage data and survey response data are used to quantify consumer spending that may be attributed to the Cultural Trail.

The issue brief, Reasons to Love the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, summarizes some of the findings.

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Sue Burow
  • Sue Burow
  • Senior Policy Analyst
Jessica Majors
  • Jessica Majors
  • Graduate Assistant
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