Rock Island has been doing neighborhood planning since the 1960s. Planning efforts evolved over the years from working with Model Cities to establishing Neighborhood Planning Areas in the 1970s and 1980s for specific and strategic improvements implementation. The 1990s is the era in which the city aggressively pursued neighborhood planning with many of the neighborhood organizations still operating today. Limited information about the conducted in the 1990s is available. Be sure to check out information on all of the community plans.
The plethora of neighborhood plans revealed that many issues of concern cross neighborhood boundaries. was initiated to address concerns that are shared by all Rock Island neighborhoods. Neighborhood Partners works with task forces to address many of these community-wide issues while at the same time fostering the development of new neighborhoods and maintenance of existing neighborhood associations.
Today the strong neighborhood network in Rock Island is recognized as an asset. The efforts of neighborhood planning and the linkages and partnerships among neighborhood organizations and agencies are utilized in many community efforts, ranging from Safe Routes to School travel plans and the school district’s Check & Connect program to broader community efforts initiated by the National YMCA and United Way.
Rock Island’s Neighborhoods
The neighborhoods identified in Rock Island come from many sources: history, convenient boundaries, modern organization, or even original plats. Some are organized, some are not. Some have only a unique characteristic that defines them. Others have committed residents working on multiple projects each year to celebrate their neighborhood.