As recently as 2000, Fall Creek Place was known as “Dodge City” because of its crumbling homes and high crime rate. Today, Fall Creek Place is a model of urban renewal, not just in Indianapolis, but nationally: in 2001, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Indianapolis the Department’s first Homeownership Zone Award, a $4 million grant to stimulate other public and private contributions and give Fall Creek Place a welcome makeover.
The idea worked: the boarded-up homes and vacant lots have turned into more than 400 new homes and beautifully renovated older homes. Fall Creek Place is now a great neighborhood for families that want an urban lifestyle. And it’s growing: development of Fall Creek Place continues, providing even more opportunities for families and businesses.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Herron-Morton Place was one of Indianapolis’s most elegant neighborhoods, home to business leaders, artists, physicians, and politicians. Although many of the original homes were lost to fire and disuse over the years, many remain—and Herron-Morton is once again a thriving, prosperous historic neighborhood. In addition, many new homes have also been built showcasing some unique architecture that makes Herron-Morton Place a great blend of historic and modern.
It’s also home to some of Indianapolis’s most treasured institutions. What was once the Herron School of Art has today become Herron High School, a charter school that attracts students from throughout the city. Footlite Musicals is also an arts destination located within the neighborhood. Started back in 1955, the theater continues to offer the best of Broadway. It presents seven productions a year with a new show on stage about every six weeks.
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Once contained the homes to business leaders, prominent Hoosiers and one President of the United States—Benjamin Harrison—the Old Northside is a treasure-trove of Victorian architecture and historical interest. The Benjamin Harrison Home and historic Morris-Butler House are open to the public—and the tree-lined boulevards and graceful mansions make pedestrians feel they’ve walked back in time.
But the Old Northside is part of modern Indianapolis, as well. Although many of the original homes had been demolished by the mid-1970s, the Old Northside is once again one of the city’s most fashionable and sought-after addresses.
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Kennedy King Neighborhood Association is located to the east of Dr. Martin Luther King Park, with boundaries of College Avenue on the west, 22nd Street on the north, the Monon Trail on the east, and 16th Street on the south. Kennedy King is a focus area for King Park Development Corporation to continue to redevelop homes and commercial space.
Reagan Park is a neighborhood on the Eastern edge of King Park with boundaries of College Avenue on the west, 25th Street on the north, the Monon Trail on the east, and 22nd Street on the south. This neighborhood is ripe for redevelopment for housing and commercial development.
Platted in 1891, the Friends & Neighbors Association is bounded by the Monon Corridor, College Avenue, and 30th and 25th streets. Just minutes from downtown, the neighborhood is located within Historic Crosstown District. Treasured amenities include the second-oldest of the remaining historic Fall Creek Parkway Bridges (College Avenue Bridge, built in 1905); two pedestrian/bike trails (the Monon and Fall Creek); and Sutherland Chapel, raised in 1907 on donated land across from the neighborhood’s “Triangle” green. Housing in the area is a mix of Queen Anne/post-Victorian home styles, late mid-century and new homes.
Friends & Neighbors Association, organized under the umbrella arm of Citizen’s Forum in the 1970s, works collaboratively to assure a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community of neighbors and businesses.
The Crosstown Neighborhood is bound on the south by 30th Street, on the west by Fall Creek, on the north by Sutherland Avenue, and on the east by Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue. The neighborhood derives its name from the crosstown bus line that used to run along 30th Street.