December 29th, 2017

Indy Urban Acres

by Doug Enas

“An empty stomach is not a good political advisor” -Albert Einstein As you pull into the lot of Indy Urban Acres, you are met with an elegant wooden canopy that stretches across the majority of the organic farm’s front property. It has a dirt floor and is lined with various flowers. As you walk through […]

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December 21st, 2017

Welcome to the New School

by cgindy

This community has a lot of history and making It stronger is our responsibility We were put here for a reason you know it’s meant to be To groom it, to grow and care for it carefully Putting in work and time to make this place greater Keeping it clean for now and for later […]

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December 19th, 2017

For the Arts and For the City

by cgindy

If you’ve been by the intersection at 16th & Delaware this month, you may have noticed a wiry figure riding across a Naplab map of Indy neighborhoods. Assemblage artist Chad Campbell designed our latest billboard, a spot we claimed several years ago as a “frame” to highlight local art. Our popular First Friday openings that feature […]

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December 17th, 2017

King Park

by Emma Hall

A number of Indianapolis neighborhoods have seen improvements in the past few years, but of these, one of the most remarkable success stories is that of the King Park neighborhood. This is a community comprised of the smaller Old Northside, Herron Morton Place, Kennedy King, Reagan Park, Fall Creek Place, Friends & Neighbors, and Crosstown […]

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December 14th, 2017

Celebrating Lift Indy with Song

by Emma Hall

  “Lift,” written and recorded by Nabil Ince (featuring Jake Hendershot) Lift Indy is a new program that works towards “equitable neighborhood revitalization through affordable housing, economic development, and placemaking.” The city of Indianapolis will choose a neighborhood every year to receive the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding for several […]

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December 13th, 2017

For the Love of Markets

by Doug Enas

“We have food deserts in our cities. We know that the distance you live from a supplier of fresh produce is one of the best predictors of your health. And in the inner city, people don’t have grocery stores. So we have to figure out a way of getting supermarkets and farmers markets into the […]

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December 7th, 2017

Wise Farmer

by Doug Enas

  “To preserve our places and to be at home in them, it is necessary to fill them with imagination. To imagine as well as see what is in them. Not to fill them with the junk of fantasy and unconsciousness, for that is no more than the industrial economy would do, but to see […]

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November 21st, 2017

Some Maple Crossing Music

by cgindy

The area recently dubbed Maple Crossing, centered around 38th and Illinois St, north of downtown Indy is a focal point of the Harrison Center’s place-based city and community-building efforts. There are a plethora of musical works that came from and are driven by this neighborhood, featuring collaborations, and even soundbites contributed by a few locals […]

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November 19th, 2017

The John Herron Art Institute

by Emma Hall

  With both Herron School of Art and the Herron Morton Neighborhood carrying his name, one would assume that John Herron was some kind of famous politician, architect, or artist. That, however, was not the case. John Herron was a real estate investor who owned a great deal of land. Beyond that, there wasn’t much […]

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November 16th, 2017

Collaborations Enhance Songwriting Residencies

by Okara Imani

Our musical endeavors in 2017 were, in large part, fueled and enriched  by creative collaboration, bringing together different styles, methods, and mediums to present the city with organic place-based work. Nabil Ince graced us with his music stylings during a short singer/song-writing residency, featuring various areas of city-building focus and two other music residents from […]

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