This summer and fall, WFYI contributor Andrea Muraskin partnered with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network to produce a radio series on Indy's changing neighborhoods. And we tried something new: the ideas for this series came from listeners.
Many submitters allowed us to make their insights public. Visit Andrea’s page on the PIN to learn about trends, concerns and points of pride related by neighbors all over town. (By the way, even though submissions for this project have closed, you can still join the PIN and become a potential source for local and national news.)
The conversation continues on the Neighborhood Project Facebook page. You can also tweet us at @WFYINews and @Andrea_Muraskin, #indyneighbors.
The Neighborhood Project Series
On a recent Saturday, the intersection of 46th and Evanston streets came alive. Local merchants moved in for a day, alongside nonprofits like Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Temporary AstroTurf medians were laid down on 46th Street, and drivers slowed down; some even honked and waved. A DJ played hip hop and R&B.
Neighbors in the Garfield Park neighborhood fought the opening of a charter school earlier this year, and are carefully ‒ and doggedly ‒ working to engineer the kind of future they want for the neighborhood.
How does a rough neighborhood turn a corner? And when? As part of the Neighborhood Project, reporter Andrea Muraskin spent time in the Near Westside. she found that, when it comes to public safety, perception is powerful.
For more than a decade, newcomers have been moving to Zone 2 of the Meridian-Kessler nighborhood. According to Census data, the zone was 85 percent black and 11 percent white in 2000. In 2012, blacks made up just 63 percent of the population, and whites 27 percent. Now, a dialogue on race may be necessary to rebuild a sense of community.
A discussion of successes and challenges in Indianapolis' changing neighborhoods, in anticipation of the broadcast of WFYI's "The Neighborhood Project" radio series. Guests are Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis, Amandula Anderson, Executive Director of the United Northeast Community Development Corporation, and Imhotep Adisa, Executive Director of the KI Ecocenter.