Me - Ari Attack, local Indy enthusiast.
Me – Ari Attack, local Indy enthusiast.

By Ari Attack, Editor

I love my city. Indianapolis, the heart of Indiana, seems like an oasis sometimes in the middle of this red corn filled state. At first glance, everything looks so shiny and nice. Fountain Square and Downtown, primarily, among other hip looking locations here. Modern built buildings, more bars, restaurants and venues – which are super attractive for this 25-year-old who finally has a good job. But, that’s just at first glance.

A street sign, in the heart of a food desert in Indy.
A street sign, in the heart of a food desert in Indy.

I see so many neighborhoods that look completely different to me. Abandoned businesses that I look at longingly, wondering what happened in the six years I lived in Evansville. For a year and a half, I’ve been back in Indy and have noticed certain things that don’t sit well with me.

 

Food deserts.

Neighborhood revitalization.

Public school administration/students.

When I drive through Crown Hill area, and I go for a good ten to fifteen minutes without seeing a good standing grocery store – I know there’s a problem. Now, I don’t mean a gas station, convenience store or a Dollar General/Family Dollar. I mean an actual grocery store, like Kroger, Aldi’s, etc. And what about all the closed down Double 8 stores? Granted, as a kid – I knew they didn’t have the best food, but it was better than grocery shopping at the dollar store.

This bothers me. Where are the resources in these communities?

Meanwhile in Downtown Indy, and its surrounding areas, more high rises are being built. Coffee shops, boutiques and other miscellaneous shops line the area. It looks nice and hip, and I can’t lie – it’s attractive. But what was the neighborhood like before this?

A plentiful produce section in over populated Broad Ripple's neighborhood Kroger.
A plentiful produce section in over populated Broad Ripple’s neighborhood Kroger.

When making these neighborhoods look hip, remodel homes and raise the property taxes – what happens to the families that have been living there for decades? Or the children, who are forced to move to different schools – out of their element.

Are these families even considered in these grandiose blueprints for a new looking neighborhood?

Now – this isn’t a surprise for many. Thankfully, there are organizations dedicated to preserve the community, but utilizing local leaders to help build the neighborhood with it’s current residents in focus. St. Dime Society, a local organization, is doing that very thing. But what other organizations are working towards this?

I’m embarking on a journey to explore the different aspects of the changes within our city. Are all these beneficial for the affected areas? Who suffers most in these cases?

Most importantly – are these developers and committees devoted to revenue or restoration of the native Indy community? We’ll find out.

Stay tuned.