Neighborhood Development Division, Office of Community Development, City of Des Moines
The residents of Capitol East have embarked on an effort to update their neighborhood revitalization plan. The neighborhood is located adjacent to the State Capitol Complex and location is a significant asset for the neighborhood. Residents report that they like being close to stores, schools, and the downtown. However, proximity is not enough. Additional resources are needed to “Make [the community] safe for the people who live here (resident survey).” Infrastructure investments can help improve the physical conditions of the neighborhood, improving quality of life and enhancing connectivity to the rest of the city.