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May Newsletter

Mapleton-Fall Creek: Homebuyer Destination

With its rich heritage, passionate neighbors, and perfect positioning between Downtown and Broad Ripple, the Mapleton-Fall Creek (MFC) neighborhood needs to be on the minds of realtors and home buyers considering a move to Indianapolis.

 

Why Indianapolis? Indianapolis welcomes all and celebrates diversity and Mapleton-Fall Creek perfectly encapsulates this perspective. In fact, the MFC neighborhood association’s motto is “Unity in Diversity.” MFC is the ideal combination of tight knit and welcoming. Art and events throughout the neighborhood also exemplify this Indy attitude. Thankfully, much of the art and beauty of Indianapolis is accessible via foot or bicycle.
A stretch of both the Monon and Fall Creek Greenway Trails cross through Mapleton-Fall Creek, connecting to restaurants and coffee shops to the north and downtown and the Cultural Trail to the south. Beautiful art can be seen all along the Fall Creek Greenway, including Fall Creek Canvas on 38th Street. In total, Indy offers 95 miles of bike lanes and 75 miles of greenways, all connecting to waterways, parks, and cultural destinations.
Mapleton-Fall Creek also offers access to many amenities catered to all ages and social groups. At the pocket park on Park Street, for example, there is both exercise equipment for people of advanced age, swing sets and a jungle gym for younger children, and climbing equipment for older children.
For families, The Children’s Museum offers free membership to those residing within Mapleton-Fall Creek. Several quality schools, such as Louis B. Russell School 48, Shortridge High School, St. Richard’s Episcopal School, and Butler University Laboratory school, and daycares, like Day Early Learning, God’s Little Wonders, and St. Nicholas Early Learning, also dot the area.

MFCDC currently has available lots for those looking to build a new home, as well as a model home to explore at 2952 Washington Boulevard. Prospective residents can click here for the floor plan of our model home and here for our other floor plans. For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here. If you are interested in a move to Mapleton-Fall Creek, contact Courtney Goodwyn at 317-800-6609 or courtney@mfcdc.org.


Good News for the Marion County Transit Plan and CDBG Funding

Congress’s new proposed budget contains good news for area initiatives and organizations.

IndyGo and the City have been waiting to see whether or not $75 million, in the form of a Small Starts Grant, was coming from Congress to help fund the Marion County Transit Plan. Additionally, neighborhood organizations who rely on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for a portion of their funding, such as MFCDC, have been awaiting new, negotiated versions of the 2018 budget. In President Donald Trump’s original draft, CDBG funds for 2018 were eliminated.

Congress has tentatively negotiated a new spending agreement, which includes $50 million for the Red Line and $3 billion dollars for CDBG. The tentative deal is part of effort to keep a government shutdown from happening. With the House of Representatives approving the bill with a 309-118 vote on May 3, it now moves to the Senate for vote. If the agreement passes through the Senate, it would then need President Trump’s signature Friday. This agreement would keep the government open through September.

According to Bryan Luellen, Director of Public Affairs for IndyGo, the worst case scenario would be a 2024 completion for the full transit plan. “If the federal funding is available, that’ll allow us to accelerate back closer to a 2021 full implementation of the full plan,” he said, regarding funds for the Red Line, in a statement.

The Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will have multiple stations in our Mid-North neighborhoods. The improvements would include increased route frequency and extended service hours. To learn more about transit plan, visit the Indy Connect website.


IUPUI Anthropology Digital Stories Recap

With topics ranging from household mold to reproductive rights, IUPUI students gave Mid-North community members a taste of the research they completed this spring in Mapleton-Fall Creek. Community members gathered at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, May 2 to watch seven short digital stories recapping the work done by these students, who were a part of IUPUI’s Department of Anthropology’s Ethnographic Methods course, instructed by Dr. Wendy Vogt.

 

Photo by Angela Herrmann

 

These were the seven topics covered:
-Local History and Creative Placemaking
-Cycling and Youth Empowerment
-Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Mapleton-Fall Creek
-Mold and Environmental Health
-Growing Opportunity
-Reconnecting with Food through Urban School Programs
-Food Access in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Stay tuned for more information on each of these topics. Once these digital stories are released to the public, we will make them readily and easily available to our neighbors.

Our partnership with the IUPUI Department of Anthropology and the research the students have done will help us bolster our grant proposals and enhance our knowledge about the needs of the community, improving our services to the residents of Mapleton-Fall Creek.


Food Access and the Exploration of a Co-op

During the planning phase of the QOL Health Plan, residents expressed interest in exploring the possibility of a food co-op within the neighborhood. With the help of driven and passionate neighbors, MFCDC is currently bringing in experts and discussing the first steps to decide whether or not a food co-op would be feasible in the Mid-North area.

As part of our goal to address Health, Housing, and Hunger in the Mid-North area and in conjunction with the Mid-North Quality of Life (QOL) Plan, MFCDC has been a part of conversations about potential solutions to improve food access in our community.

On March 31, MFCDC regained ownership of the property previously owned by the Fall Creek Gardens organization. In our efforts to meet the physical, social, and economic needs of our neighbors, we have been working with partners and volunteers to turn this space back into a food resource for the community. A Neighborhood Cleanup Day on April 15 helped jump-start this process as neighbors and volunteers cleaned up trash, weeded lots, spread mulch, and got to know one another.

As we continue to champion causes surrounding ameliorating food insecurity in Mapleton-Fall Creek, MFCDC staffs an Indy Food Council Neighborhood Food Champion in Brittanie Redd. To learn more about this program, click here.

Brittanie recently attended the Indy Healthy Food Access Challenge’s Make-a-thon at the Kheprw Institute on April 21. At this event, ideas on how to effectively offer or distribute affordable, healthy food to our community were discussed and refined. These ideas can be viewed here. Brittanie and her group showcased first steps revolving around starting a food co-op.

On Friday, May 19 these ideas will be presented at the Solutions Showcase, where additional feedback, connections, and resources will be provided to the presenters by the community.

 

Picture from this Make-a-thon recap.

 

Current efforts to fight food insecurity in the Mid-North area include the Mid-North Food Pantry, Kheprw Institute’s Community Controlled Food Initiative, and the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church’s Fresh Stop. Additionally, the land previously owned and operated by Fall Creek Gardens will be reemerging as a source for fresh produce for Mapleton-Fall Creek. For those interested in volunteering, donating, or renting a plot during the 2017 growing season, visit its Facebook page.


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