The Green Infrastructure Tool (GGIT) was created by Dynamo Metrics and the Delta Institute for the Gary Redevelopment Commission. GGIT identifies optimal sites for new conservation land, neighborhood recreation, and beautification, and stormwater management in the City of Gary. Each of these topics has its own map and index rating system. Each index is based on factors stemming from “Most Available Land” and “Highest Impact Land.” See these indices and their factors explained below. Users can view the primary indices and each component layer of each index independently. Use this tool for decision support.
The Conservation Index
The Conservation Index identifies both existing conservation land, and land that could be converted into conservation land, based on distance (within 150 feet of existing conservation land), public ownership or tax delinquent status, and planned restoration areas.
The Recreation & Beautification Index
The Recreation & Beautification Index identifies the best opportunities for pocket parks, community gardens, rain gardens, and Vacant-to-Vibrant sites, based on distance (a half mile walk) to population centers, proximity to businesses, recreation areas, block clubs, and existence of publicly-owned or tax delinquent properties.
The Stormwater Index
The Stormwater Index identifies the best opportunities to reduce flooding and polluted runoff in Gary through green infrastructure. This is based on proximity (a block’s length) between publicly owned or tax delinquent properties, and areas of high flooding, permeable surfaces, and soil drainage.
Map layers are ordered based on the order they are enabled. To bring a map layer to the top of others, uncheck and recheck the box next to the layer.