Recently, I’ve been exploring Indy’s less well-known neighborhoods, and have been finding some real gems. Starting with my post on the Southwest side earlier this month, digging deeper has been quite rewarding. The next surprising neighborhood I’ve found is on the near South Side containing the exquisite Sacred Heart church. One block east is the remarkably cool entrance to the Vollrath Tavern. A few steps to the east of this is a pedestrian bridge over Madison Avenue. That’s right, a pedestrian bridge. The only other (non-gerbil tubed) pedestrian bridge in town that I’m aware of is over I-65 on the Near Northwest Side. There are also several corner buildings in the area that are under utilized.
I have been south on Meridian Street a number of times, and I’ve seen the Sacred Heart spires, but nothing has compelled me to explore the area. I had (wrongly) assumed that the church was the only neighborhood attraction. The question I ask myself is this: Why did it take me a decade to truly discover this neighborhood? The only answer to my question is that this neighborhood has not been promoted enough. If we are to compete as a city against suburban counties and prevent an implosion, we must promote the advantages of neighborhood living. Neighborhoods have 2 important characteristics that aren’t viewable with a high-powered telescope in vinyl subdivisions: history and character.
Finally, as a general question to the readers of this blog: let me know about your neighborhood. What do you have that is unique?