Neighborhood Conditions (Livability)
Beyond public safety and education, there are additional key livability issues that contribute to overall quality of life for our neighborhoods. This category includes several such factors ranging from graffiti to the condition of our streets.
Dangerous dogs can pose a risk to the dog's owner, the owner's family, friends and the communities in which they live. The presence of dangerous dogs is a possible indicator of underlying criminal activity occurring in a household, such as gangs, drugs and domestic violence.
Graffiti is a crime. It negatively impacts neighborhoods, decreases property values and drives away prospective homebuyers. Graffiti also attracts criminal activity and is frequently used by gang members to promote their gangs. This indicator reports the number of graffiti complaints and the percentage of these complaints abated by the Clean City crews, residents or the building owners.
The City uses a rating called the pavement condition index (PCI) to score the conditions of streets, and this rating helps the City make informed decisions about future repairs and street reconstruction.
The valuation of a building permit is the total construction cost of a project, which includes building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning investments. This indicator provides a general proxy for the health of the economy and private investment in neighborhoods and the city.
Street Light Repairs
Well-lit streets and sidewalks actually make communities safer (both personal and traffic safety), and also help people to feel safer in their own neighborhoods. This measure tracks the City's promptness in responding to streetlight complaints.
Vacant and Boarded Buildings
The longer a building remains in the City's vacant building registration program, the more likely it is to experience serious decline such as copper theft, fire and general disrepair. This measure provides not only the volume of buildings registered, but also their locations and the length of time those buildings have been on the list.
This measure tracks the City's efforts to reduce the number of vacant and boarded buildings via demolition and rehabilitation.