The communications committee took some time to get to know a neighbor, Travis. Travis had been a member of the Neighborhood Association board of directors since January 2019. Meet him in person at the monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month at Phillips Temple at 6:30 p.m.
How many years have you lived in Mapleton-Fall Creek?
I have lived in MFC for just over 1 1/2 years, since November of 2017.
Where did you move from?
I have lived and worked in Indianapolis for five years. So previously I rented in Lawrence on the east side, Butler-Tarkington for two years, and a most recent short-term lease on the north side near St. Vincent Hospital.
What drew you to the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood?
I found MFC through the Renew Indianapolis, City Land Bank program. They had available lots for sale for new home building if you could organize funding and a construction plan. The larger lots that are common in the neighborhood and not as common elsewhere were also a big draw. But the dot on a map quickly changed to something more when I started to research. The neighborhood is located centrally to a lot of places I was already familiar with including downtown, Broad Ripple, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The electronic and physical footprints of the many organizations within the neighborhood were also very apparent including the Neighborhood Association and MFCDC. It was easy to see that people were hard at work every day improving the neighborhood.
What do you hope to see in the future for your neighborhood?
This may publish too late, but open bridges. I haven’t driven on the Central Avenue bridge because it has been closed since I moved here. The continued improvement of the neighborhood and the greenway along Fall Creek. The fruition of all the plans people have made the past few years to build up every corner of the neighborhood (i.e. Development Corporation’s Central/29th, 38th Street Renewal, new and old houses being built and fixed). Also, the positive impact of the Redline’s rapid transit.
What is your favorite thing about living in this neighborhood?
I really enjoy the unique stories and history that come from 100+ years of the people, the businesses, and the houses of Mapleton Fall-Creek. It all started as farmland and people trying to escape the sprawl of downtown for some serenity. The sprawl caught up, but the serenity remains.
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