December 31st, 2012

Koinonia

by cgindy

Moumi, collage by Quincy Owens Having a place where you can completely be yourself or be open and vulnerable is truly a valuable thing for people.  Places like these give a sense of belonging, give a feeling of comfort.  The friends or connections we make in these spots cultivate a community. Koinonia (κοινωνία) is a […]

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December 28th, 2012

New Family in Mapleton-Fall Creek

by cgindy

Mapleton Fall Creek – Google Maps When Austin, Hannelies, and their young son made the long trip from New York City to Indianapolis, the choice to live in an urban neighborhood was an easy one.  “For the last 14 years I’ve lived in New York City,” Hannelies explains, “so I really wanted our son to […]

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December 19th, 2012

Rebuilding Foundations for Community

by cgindy

Herron-Morton homes built by Re-Development Group Fourteen years ago what was known as the “Swamp” on the Near Eastside began undergoing a transformation. For Pat Dubach, 1998 meant deciding to leave the corporate world for community development and taking head-on this “Swamp”. In that first year alone, thirteen home rehabs and nine new homes were […]

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December 13th, 2012

Where Do You Live

by cgindy

“Where do you live?” This is a question which I answer frequently, but in many different ways. In conversation with folks from the inner city, the answer is usually, “Nineteenth and New Jersey.” In a diverse situation with people from all over the city, usually, “Downtown.” In towns within the midwest, I add, “Downtown Indianapolis.” […]

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December 4th, 2012

Your Neighborhood, Your Businesses – Yelp’s Recommendations

by cgindy

Photo by Solar Flare Photography Do you know your neighbor’s name? To the left? To the right? Below or above your flat? Or how about the name of the guy at the market who packages your fresh meat weekly? This holiday season, look no further than the businesses down the street on the near northside […]

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