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Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial.
The goal of the initiative is to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help combat many of Indianapolis’ current challenges– including population loss to neighboring counties, high unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas, low graduation rates and high levels of pollution and obesity. Building communities that are walkable, attractive and culturally diverse will help attract and retain residents of all ages and socioeconomic status, increasing the tax base and reversing many of the negative trends.
In late 2014, three areas were identified as Indianapolis' Great Places: Englewood Village, Maple Crossing and River West. In late 2016, two additional areas were added: Twin Aire and King Commons. The Great Places 2020 initiative provided each neighborhood with urban planning and technical assistance to create plans designed to spur growth in each place.
This neighborhood has taken the initiative to invest in human capital and to reclaim abandoned spaces like the Mallory campus with a vision for a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood welcoming residents and visitors alike.
Nestled on the northwest outskirts of downtown Indy, bound by 25th and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. streets, lies a gem of a community.
Serving as a bridge between downtown and the north side, this diverse neighborhood is undergoing transformative changes to Tarkington Park and its surrounding commercial spaces that will appeal to residents of varying income levels.
With aims to enhance its connectivity to downtown Indianapolis even further, this Near West place enjoys a growing IT business sector and a commitment from area businesses to create a sense of place from cradle to career.
Just Southeast of downtown Indianapolis is a community that serves as home to a highly diverse group of 2,300 residents.