Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Living Quality

Student studying a thermal image on a cell phone

The goal of this project was to map the quality-of-life for Muncie neighborhoods, and specifically to map the living quality for the Anthony-Northside neighborhood using GIS and remote sensing techniques. Four general categories of living quality indicators were evaluated for each house in the neighborhood and fifteen maps were created in this project: one map for Home Insulation; two maps for Home value and Lot size; one map for Lot Greenness, ten maps for its adjacency to community amenities, and one Overall Living Quality Index map.

Home Insulation for each house was evaluated from a thermal infrared image collected by students using a FLIR One thermal camera. Home value and lot size were obtained from Lot Greenness was assessed based the greenness percentage in each lot, which was derived from the USA NAIP NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) imagery. Proximity to community amenities including Clinics, Schools, Libraries, Restaurants, USPS Mailboxes, Bus Stops, Parks, Bike Trails, Recreations, and Fire Stations were analyzed using Network Analysis in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online. The values of all indicators were scaled to categories of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest living quality and 5 being the highest. The Overall Living Quality Index was obtained by averaging all fourteen living quality indicators.

Explore some of the story maps created using the collected data.
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Faculty Mentor: Jason Yang
Department: Geography
Community Partner: Muncie Action Plan, Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Association
Course: Advance Remote Sensing – GEOG 437

Anthony-Northside Gateway Project

The Wheeling/Cowing monuments loaded on a flatbed for transport

PHOTO provided by the Anthony Northside Neighborhood Association

The stone gateway at the entrance to the Wheeling Park Addition at Wheeling/Cowing and another remaining stone boundary post on Wheeling are the last standing structures in Muncie born of the generosity of Harriett B. Anthony.

In April 2019 the Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Association (ANNA) discovered these monuments were in the path of the city’s planned reconstruction of Wheeling Avenue. A mad scramble was made to find the funding and resources to save the historic gates. With the help of numerous state and local organizations including Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning, Indiana Landmarks, the Muncie Board of Works, and the Federal Highway Administration funds were eventually allocated for the Indiana Department of Transportation to remove the iconic brickwork and return them to their original locations once the Wheeling project completes.

Read the whole story and see more photos of the project on ANNA’s website!

Anthony-Northside Action Plan

The Anthony Northside Neighborhood Action Plan (ANNAP) was a project developed by Ball State University undergraduate urban planning students. The basis of this project was to create a neighborhood action plan for the Anthony Northside Neighborhood in Muncie, Indiana.

This project was comprehensive in that it could be considered an extension of the recently established Muncie Action Plan (MAP). Specifically this project relates to the MAP Initiative 4 Action 14, which calls for the creation of development plans for each neighborhood. By utilizing this plan as a tool, the neighborhood can now self-organize to complete both goals for itself and goals for Muncie as a whole. The empowerment of the people is one of the key aspects of community planning.

Over the course of this project, the students were innovative in refining the skills learned from their previous experiences along with developing new skills. During the project students engaged and lead neighborhood public meetings as well as created and developed initiatives for specific goal groups through public participation.

Faculty Mentor: Lisa Dunaway
Department: Urban Planning
Community Partners: Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Association, PathStone Corporation, & Kennedy Library
Students: Mary Banning, Mallory Thatch, Nick Vojvodich, Josh Sims, Trevor Preddy, Catherine Kazmierczak, Anas Almassrahy, Daniel Blondet, Alex Varney

Fall 2017 Ball State Immersive Learning Projects

Ball State faculty, students, and community partners are working together this Fall on a number of immersive learning projects in and around Muncie.

A Light in the Space
Community Partner:  Muncie Civic Theatre and Dance
Faculty Mentor:  Mickie Marie, Department of Theatre and Dance

Anthony Neighborhood Action Plan
Community Partner:  Anthony Neighborhood Association
Faculty Mentor:  Lisa Dunaway, Department of Urban Planning

Books Arts Collaborative
Community Partner:  Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc.
Faculty Mentor:  Rai Peterson, Department of English; Colleen Steffen, Department of Journalism; Amy Trendler, BSU Libraries

Brownfields to Brightfields: Analysis of Solar Potentials of Brownfields in Delaware County, Indiana
Community Partner:  Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter
Faculty Mentor:  Sanglim Yoo, Department of Urban Planning

Cardinal Weather Service
Community Partner:  Ball State University Athletics, Cardinal Greenway, Delaware County Futbol Club
Faculty Mentor:  Nathan Hitchens & Petra Zimmermann, Department of Geography

Computer Science for Middle Schoolers (CS4MS)
Community Partner:  Northside Middle School
Faculty Mentor:  David Largent, Department of Computer Science

Creating Community Through Drama: Outreach at Muncie Civic Theatre
Community Partner: Muncie Civic Theatre
Faculty Mentor: Peggy Fisher, Department of Communication Studies

Digging in to Muncie’s Local Food System (ongoing)
Community Partner:  Farmished
Faculty Mentor:  Kate Elliott, Department of Journalism

Fundraising for Non-profit Organizations (ongoing)
Community Partners:  GR3 International, Berrien Cancer Services, Cor Fortium, Fanconi Anemia, Delaware County Futbol Club, Child Study Center, Your Story Hour
Faculty Mentor:  René Church, School of Art

Learning Eustress Options (LEO): A Police Stress Project
Community Partner: Muncie Indiana Police Department
Faculty Mentor: Bryan D. Byers, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Maplewood Mansion Learning Lab
Community Partner: IU School of Medicine – Muncie Campus
Faculty Mentor: Carla Earhart & David Martin, Department of Management

Maring-Hunt Community Garden Market Pavilion and Outdoor Kitchen (ongoing)
Community Partners: Maring-Hunt Public Library, Thomas Park/Avondale Neighborhood Association
Faculty Mentor: Pam Harwood, Department of Architecture

NAMI Delaware County-Reaching Out to Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Local Criminal Justice
Community Partner: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Faculty Mentor: Monte Staton, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Professional Development, Differentiated and Digitized (PD3): Muncie Community Schools Learning Management System Adoption and Implementation
Community Partner: Muncie Community Schools
Faculty Mentor: Jon Clausen, Department of Educational Studies

Planet Muncie: Survey of Environmental Organizations in Muncie and Delaware County (ongoing)
Community Partner: Muncie Action Plan
Faculty Mentor: David Hua, Department of Social Work

Provider Survey for Second Harvest Food Bank
Community Partner: Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Pellerin, Department of Sociology

Purple Cow: Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Care for Children (ongoing)
Community Partner: Kidz Korner Child Care Center
Faculty Mentor: Stacey Allred, Department of Elementary Education

Rehabilitating Houses F17 (ongoing)
Community Partner: Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
Faculty Mentor: Janet Fick, Department of Construction Management and Interior Design

Storytelling and Social Justice
Community Partner: Circles of Delaware County/Second Harvest Food Bank
Faculty Mentor: Emily Ruth Rutter, Department of English

Team 2 – Reading Intervention at the Youth Opportunity Center (ongoing)
Community Partner: Youth Opportunity Center
Faculty Mentors: Ruth Jefferson, Department of Special Education; Janay Sander, Department of Educational Psychology


Anthony-Northside Neighborhood


The Anthony-Northside Neighborhood includes the Layne Crest subdivision, which was created in 1960 by contractor Bob Layne as a single-family residential addition. It is a quiet neighborhood and one of the few neighborhoods surrounding the Ball State University campus that is almost completely owner-occupied.

The approximately 10.55 acres along McGalliard Road (referred to as the “Bradburn property”) has been in constant turmoil since the late 1960’s when Bob Layne sought to vacate the plat for commercial development. This action led to a long legal battle that ultimately landed in the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1973 and with a permanent injunction granted against any commercial use of the land of Layne Crest. Numerous attempts since then were made to rezone the property. Each time, the property owners sought to maintain the character of their neighborhood and protect the integrity of the properties.

In March 2012 the Board of Zoning Appeals granted a variance request for the Bradburn property and a 216-unit development was eventually built on the site. Located along McGalliard road with access off of Oakwood Dr., the Grove Apartments are marketed towards off-campus college students attending Ball State University.

Anthony-Northside Gateway Project

Neighborhood Association Meetings

Anthony header graphic

The Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Association meets at Community Fellowship FourSquare Church, 2408 N Oakwood Ave, on the 3rd Thursday of odd months at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

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Neighborhood Map

Anthony-Northside map (pdf)

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