Everything you wanted to know (almost) about NEJC on MARC’s Sustainable Places sites

Everything you ever wanted to know about the metro or your particular community – we’re talking data here – found in one convenient location.

Wonder what percentage of people living between between State Line Road and Mission Road, 75 to 83rd, make more than $100,000 per year? You can get a pretty good idea (it’s between 38 and 53 percent of all the households) by looking at a new Web site prepared by the Mid-America Regional Council.

Brighton Gardens is among the top nursing homes cited by U.S. News and World Report.
Brighton Gardens is one of the local development projects cited on the new Web sites.

Where are the kids? With an easy click you can find that the Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods area has 20 to 25 percent of its population under 18 years old while moving west to Roeland Park it drops to between 10 and 20 percent. Want the raw data for those statistics? It also is just a click away.

And if you have no time to figure out what the data means to your community, MARC has laid that out for you as well. The site contains a set of stories that correlates the data to show how conditions are related. One story, for example, is the connection between income and health.

The new sites are a result of a three-year MARC initiative called Creating Sustainable Places. One site is called the Indicators Website, which contains data on income, health, jobs, education, unemployment and other key indicators, usually broken down into community segments and overlaid on color coded maps. And that is where you can find the stories that put the data together into lessons.

The second site is the Sustainable Code Framework which has a project database of 100 different local development projects that illustrate sustainable strategies for community development along with pictures and project details. It lays out the kind of development that is not only possible inside the sustainable framework, but has actually been built in metro communities (Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village is one of the project examples).

The Web sites can be found here.