October 12th, 2017

Fountain Square

by Emma Hall

  “FTN SQR,” written and recorded by Ray Wyatt Change can make or break a community, and Fountain Square has experienced more than its fair share of it. At the beginning of the 20th century, Fountain Square was the southside’s main commercial center, it had several theatres, a grocery store, a bakery, a pharmacy, and […]

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December 15th, 2016

Holiday Window Tour 2016

by cgindy

In 2015, Herron School of Art + Design graduate student Stefan Eicher coordinated the Harrison Center’s first ever Holiday Window Tour. On First Friday, Tinker Coffee in hand, we strolled around the building, taking in the two dozen or so displays that brought the building and the block to life. We continued to enjoy the uniquely festive windows throughout the […]

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January 8th, 2015

New Neighborhood Banners in Herron-Morton Place

by Andrew Christenberry

As a recent Indianapolis immigrant, one of the first things I noticed about my new city was a bit surprising to me. There is a deep pride among Indy’s downtown urbanites taken in where they live. When you ask anyone where he or she is from, you will almost never hear anyone simply reply, “I […]

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October 31st, 2014

Trick or Treat!

by Brant Wilson

In my neighborhood of Herron-Morton Place, everyone counts down the days to Halloween. Everyone marks their calendars for the day of costumes and candy. Almost everyone’s porch lights are on, and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone under the age of 13 without a costume. Everyone knows that October 31 is a day for […]

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September 10th, 2014

Remembering Summers in King Park

by Emily Vanest

  Patric’s grandmother’s house in the early years  A few months ago, as we were telling a group of Indianapolis leaders about our current art show celebrating the King Park neighborhood, a young woman in the middle of the crowd called out, “I grew up coming to this neighborhood.” As she began describing what the […]

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August 5th, 2014

Lead Kindly Light

by Emmett Gienapp

When you take a hard look at the makeup of a neighborhood, you begin to realize that stories are everywhere. How this or that restaurant came to be, the difficulties that a young entrepreneur had in opening his clothing store, or even the heritage of past residents in the historic house down the street. Peel […]

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May 23rd, 2014

The Changing Face of Fountain^2

by Adeleine Sinsabaugh

When I first moved to Fountain Square, nearly ten years ago, I moved onto a very different street than the one I live on today. I haven’t moved to a new area, a new street, or even into a new house. Fountain Square has changed. When we first moved in, our house was egged by […]

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July 24th, 2013

Neighborhood Profile: Wholesale District

by Brian Staresnick

After graduating from Ball State University in 2008, I moved to New York City to work with an urban design/landscape architecture firm.  While New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world, it’s remarkable how each distinct neighborhood can make the city feel small. Each neighborhood has its own identity of parks, […]

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June 28th, 2013

Tight-knit community puts “home” in Cottage Home

by Jonathan Allinson

I’m a serial mover. Once-sometimes-twice-a-year for the past seven years I have been unable to stay put. So when my partner Kristin and I decided to move downtown last year, we had high hopes of finding a neighborhood where we could put down our roots. As renters, we yearned for a place where we would […]

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June 21st, 2013

Mrs. Shabazz’s Candy Store

by Emily Vanest

Next to a few prolific fruit trees in a neighborhood orchard on Central Avenue sits a small, white gem of a house on the edge of old Herron-Morton Place which has become my new favorite “best-kept city secret” . . . Mrs. Shabazz’s combination health food and candy store.  Next to rows of vitamins, herbs, […]

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