In 2004, experts said Northwest Indiana's Achilles' heel was its division of racial groups.
Transportation is going downhill fast in Northwest Indiana, with the failure of regional bus provider easygo Lake Transit casting a pall over efforts to improve mass transit, according to the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report.
Northwest Indiana's cultural landscape shows signs of brightening in a study measuring quality of life in the region.
Residents can be "cautiously optimistic" about the region's environmental progress of the last decade, but more should be done to ensure further improvements, according to the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report.
A need for a wider mix of affordable housing options exists in Northwest Indiana, according to the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report.
While signs point to Northwest Indiana's economy undergoing a transformation, business leaders said the region needs to improve its job creation, workforce training and overall wages.
Sparse evidence of government reform, inefficient use of dwindling resources and a pall of public corruption continue to inhibit Northwest Indiana local government in 2012, according to a new regional report.
That Lake County's urban center remains notorious for the highest murder rate in the region -- despite a general decline in violent crime across the region -- is no surprise.
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