• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: 1400 Block of Delaware

    A neighborhood is not just a collection of houses in one geographic area. It’s part of the identity of those who live there. It’s a patchwork quilt of stories–to the city, state and families. It...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Southside Synogogue, 609 South Meridian

    Merrill Street didn’t always dead end into Meridian Street. The unassuming lot dabbed in trees today betrays no hint of its bustling former life. Merrill Street continued east, all the way to Noble (Noble later became...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: There Goes the Theater

    The building once housing the Savoy Theater was still standing as of 2012. Have you ever driven down a street for the first time in years and realized something doesn’t quite look the same? A...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Canterbury Park

    Passenger rail service was nearly eliminated by the late 1950s or early 1960s. (William H. Bass Photo Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) Welcome to Canterbury Park!  This picturesque 1.7-acre neighborhood park is east of Meridian-Kessler...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Forest Manor Park

    Welcome to Forest Manor Park, established in 1937 Welcome to Forest Manor Park on Indianapolis’s east side. This 18.8 acre neighborhood park was established in 1937, to meet the needs of families moving out of the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Congratulations, Seniors!

    Manual High School students enjoy a picnic, courtesy of Stark and Wetzel meats. The plant, located as  west Ray Street went through a couple of different names after being sold in 1974. In 2004 Hebrew...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Haughville Park

    Welcome to Haughville Park!  This five-and-a-half acre park on the city’s west side opened in 1922.  Located at 520 North Belleview Place, Haughville Park is one of the park system’s most popular family destinations. The...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Reverend Mozel Sanders Park

    From Colonel Eli Lily to Mayor Thomas Taggart to basketball great Oscar Robertson, there is a lengthy list of people who have helped shape our city’s history.  Reverend Mozel Sanders left a particularly influential legacy...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: 61st & Broadway Park

    Just west of College Avenue in Broad Ripple, you’ll find 61st & Broadway Park. This quaint 2.7-acre neighborhood park opened in 1928.  The park’s amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts,...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Rebirth Along Tinker Street

    The neighborhoods bordering Sixteenth and Meridian Streets are some of the next “in” places to be. Much like Massachusetts Avenue a decade ago and Fountain Square more recently, years of reinvestment in housing is paying...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Bethel Park

    Bethel Park opened in 1935 Welcome to Bethel Park!  This 14.5 acre community park on the city’s southeast side is located at 2850 Bethel Avenue, and features athletic fields, horseshoe pits, a running track, and...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: A Baaaaa-a-a-d Idea Turned Good

      The Indianapolis Parks system history is filled with delightful stories of united communities, honored heroes, and family fun. But there are a few tales in our city’s annals that might also raise an eyebrow...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Hawthorne Park

    The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  After the arrival...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

    On Monday, January 19, our nation will pause to commemorate the work of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Though Indianapolis is hundreds of miles from Montgomery, Alabama where Reverend King and his...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Willard Park

    One mile east of downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street, you’ll find Willard Park.  The land of this eleven-acre park had many identities in its history, but has always played an important role in uniting the...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: JTV Hill Park

    A cold wind whipped through the bare trees as I walked the perimeter of JTV Hill Park.  There was no denying it: winter had arrived in the Circle City.  Temperatures are dropping, Indy Parks remain...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: When Black Friday Comes!

    Happy Black Friday! After stuffing ourselves on the most thankful of holidays, many will trek out today to find that sought-after deal of the century with nearly every other Indy area resident. This typically leads...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Skiles Test Nature Park

    Welcome to Skiles Test Nature Park Just across the street from Woollens Garden you’ll find another of the city’s most primitive parks, Skiles Test Nature Park.  There’s no better place to take in the sites...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday: Move to a New Subdivision! In 1916

    Perusing the pages of early 1900’s Indianapolis newspapers, you will occasionally come across an announcement for a new suburb–plotted out, ostensibly, by some entrepreneurial soul. It frequently appears with an accompanying map, such as the...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Spades Place Park and Brookside Parkway

    Just down the street from Brookside Park, you’ll find Spades Place Park.  This thirty-one acre neighborhood park at 1800 Nowland Avenue is one of the Windsor Park neighborhood’s most picturesque features.  But it’s not Spades...

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