In Indianapolis, I call the Fall Creek Place neighborhood my home. I happen to live on the fringes of the neighborhood where revitalization efforts are still very much underway. Fall Creek Place is a neighborhood in transition, transitioning away from vacant lots and empty properties to infill construction and rehabbed homes.
This is a nice description of my neighborhood from its Wikipedia page:
The neighborhood consists of narrow, tree lined streets. Victorian homes from the late 19th century are the most prevalent house type as well as new homes built in period design. In the 1980s, the neighborhood fell into serious disrepair; entire city blocks were left abandoned. In 2001, city efforts to redevelop the area into a mixed-income residential community began. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Indianapolis with a Homeownership Zone Award for the way the city used a $4 million HUD grant to stimulate other public and private investment in the Fall Creek Place redevelopment.
Most of the redevelopment efforts started on the eastern half of the neighborhood and have slowly moved west. Since I’ve lived here for 18 months, I’ve watched the construction of many new, appropriately scaled and nicely designed infill homes in the lots surrounding my apartment. I enjoy using homes in the neighborhood as great examples of infill construction that compliments the historic housing stock. Side note: I live in a 1910s historic apartment building that was without a roof as of 2008.
Living in a transitional neighborhood is interesting as a preservationist. I’ve watched the yellow house on the corner sell for $225K in January and subsequently resold in November for $525K after several upgrades. There is great reinvestment into historic houses instead of home builders tearing down the historic housing stock to build new. Driving down the street, there is a nice mix of old and new. My favorite house down the block recently sold and I’m optimistic it will be lovingly rehabbed.
The Oaks Academy is a private school and one of the anchors of the neighborhood. We are lucky to have some great businesses on the edge of the neighborhood, including Goose the Market, Shoefly Public House, and Tea’s Me Cafe. Enjoy a few more photos from around the neighborhood, including examples of the great infill construction.