August 20th, 2015

Live Where You Teach

by Andrew Christenberry

Earlier this summer, McAllen, TX high school teacher Roberto Garza moved to Indianapolis for the Urban Leaders Summer Fellowship. The goal of the ULSF is to recruit the best and brightest for an intensive, seven-week experience that seeks to empower underserved communities. His love for grassroots community initiatives made Garza a perfect fit. Simultaneously, the Harrison Center […]

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June 9th, 2015

Some Thoughts on Tactical Urbanism

by Andrew Christenberry

  Tactical Urbanism– an umbrella term used to describe a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually cities, intended to improve local neighborhoods and city gathering places. Earlier this year the grassroots phenomenon known “tactical urbanism” was captured in the print of a how-to guide for urban transformation by two founders of […]

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January 13th, 2015

Indy on the Rise

by Andrew Christenberry

We hear it said often that the world is changing. From the constant ebb and flow in our respective worldviews, to the perceived progression (or perhaps perceived digression) of our respective cultures, change is happening. While the majority of us undoubtedly know this to be true, it can often seem abundantly generalized to the extent […]

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February 28th, 2014

Becoming a Good Neighbor

by Emily Vanest

One of the things I love most about living in downtown Indianapolis is that the individual neighborhoods function almost like small towns, which have the reputation of being close-knit strong communities . . . that are sometimes hard to break in to.  If you’d like to get to know your neighbors, but don’t know how […]

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May 17th, 2013

Neighborhood Profile: Herron-Morton

by cgindy

  The reason I invest (primarily my time) in my neighborhood is that I am passionate about developing connections with my neighbors.  I grew up in central Iowa where my family lived in three houses on the same street because of such great neighbors. I want that to be the case in our neighborhood -where […]

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April 12th, 2013

Spring Suggestions

by cgindy

Indianapolis is full of options to keep busy.  Being a city that attracts a visitors from all over the world for conferences, sports, music, we are bustling with activity.   To say the least, there’s plenty to do.  Now that spring weather has decided to show up, here are a few recommendations for you to check […]

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January 23rd, 2013

Food Culture – Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market

by cgindy

IWFM at the City Market Indy’s food culture and food community are growing steadily. In just a few short years, we have seen the opening of a cooperative grocery, watched the growth of farmers markets, celebrated restaurants who source locally, and developed unprecedented community support models for local food projects. It’s a great time to […]

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January 15th, 2013

The Building Blocks of a City – Entrepreneurs

by cgindy

Ever had an idea that seemed so crazy that it kept you up at night? In fact, it bugged you so much that you had no choice but to do something about it? Let me introduce you to Dreamapolis, a local organization that helps people turn those “far-fetched” dreams into a reality.  Started by two […]

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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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