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Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green is a pleasant place to live. It has a playground, large swimming pool, exercise room, computer lab and a large expanse of green space. Its 344 townhouses sit on 37 acres. The crime rate is low. Its community center provides everything from ESL classes to health fairs. A visitor finds a vital and well-kept housing complex. What’s different about Mayfield Green is that it is neither a for-profit apartment complex nor a form of subsidized housing. It’s a housing cooperative in which the residents actually own a share of the entire property. As owners, they elect the board…
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Love the Englewood Way

Englewood Community Church & Englewood Community Development Corporation: Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award Winner by Richard Clough “Love your neighbor” is a core Christian belief. For some it means having good feelings about the people over the back fence or in the upstairs apartment. For Englewood Community Church, as stated in their mission statement, “love of neighbor takes the form of affordable housing, economic development and comprehensive community development.” The result is that one part of Indianapolis looks quite different than it did a few years ago. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Bowling, Englewood sought to make their Near…
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A Fresh Look at Irvington

Summer Sunday afternoons in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis are special. Around 10am, tents start popping up all over the northwest corner of Ellenberger Park (5301 East Saint Clair) and tables are put out. Within just an hour or so, booths full of fruits & vegetables, crafts, art, soaps, and honey are greeting people and selling their products. It’s not the only farmer’s market of its kind, but it’s a welcome fixture in a state that continues to get 90% of its food from outside our borders. We took full advantage of our afternoon at the Irvington Farmers Market, walking around…
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Nurturing the Urban Forest

  Nurturing the Urban Forest Sixty four cities in Indiana have achieved the title of Tree City USA. For a list of these cities click here. Each of these cities has committed to promote and nurture a healthy environment for trees within their city. Among the earliest cities to achieve this designation is Anderson. The following is a reprint of an article in Mayor Kevin Smith’s newsletter. Certainly Anderson, and all the other cities, deserve praise for their good work in improving the environment within their city limits. City Receives 23rd Foundation Designation Thursday, March 26,the Arbor Day Foundation announced…
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Pogue’s Run Grocer

Pogue’s Run Grocer

Location:  2828 E. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN 46201 Getting a fresh head of broccoli in May should be easy enough. But if you live in an urban area and don’t have a car, it can be next to impossible. In fact, getting much of any fresh, healthy food is especially challenging in many urban areas.  About seven years ago, a group of people got together on Indianapolis’ east side and sought to remedy that situation for one area of the city. The result was Pogue’s Run Grocer, which opened on Dec. 28, 2010 as Indy’s first cooperative grocery. Pogue’s Run…
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