Forsyth Neighborhood Opportunity Atlas
The goals of the NOA included:
- developing a holistic analysis of neighborhood conditions across a wide range of variables;
- expanding upon the Distressed Communities Report – 2016;
- creating a ‘benchmark’ document for evaluating projects, programs and budgets; and
- growing conversations focused on making decisions that promote access, equity, inclusivity, justice and sustainability within Forsyth County.
The NOA uses a combination of the knowledge of urban studies and the power of data science to begin to explore opportunities and challenges at the census tract level. By combining these two areas, Forsyth County can get an accurate baseline for existing conditions within communities throughout the County and target programs, policies and budgets to help all neighborhoods achieve a level of spatial justice. In the end, the NOA will provide information, but that alone will not make a difference, political will and community engagement will also need to be parts of the solution to making all of Forsyth County sustainable.