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.

At the midpoint between downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple, lies a connected area centered at the intersection of 38th and Illinois Streets. This area is one in the middle of it all. A midtown with midcentury modern style emerging from a midlife crisis, halfway between a confl icted past and an optimistic future. This is an ambitious area overcoming boundaries that extend beyond the once maple-lined roads, to be an inspiring place much greater than ever before.

Great Places 2020 is a collaborative initiative that seeks to transform strategic places in Marion County into dynamic urban villages bettering both the economy and quality of life. Maple Crossing was selected as a Great Place for its potential, its unique assets, and its location within a number of active neighborhoods. Capitalizing on these qualities will allow Maple Crossing to become a hub of connectivity and community.

Maple Crossing: Full Strategic Plan

Maple Crossing: Abbreviated Strategic Plan and Map

Livability Goals
  • Encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use and discourage excessive motoring speeds

  • Turn Tarkington Park into a destination urban park and enhance the physical and natural environment

  • Improve health and safety

Opportunity Goals
  • Increase local employment and provide direct access to other job centers

  • Develop a mixed-use commercial center around Tarkington Park

  • Create a place-based strategy for the retention and attraction of small businesses and larger enterprises

Vitality Goals
  • Reduce housing blight and abandonment

  • Improve existing owner-occupied and rental housing stock

  • Increase interest in new home ownership of all income levels

  • Create a large-scale, market building redevelopment initiative south of 38th Street

Education Goals
  • Transform IPS School 43 into a high quality neighborhood school for families within the Great Place

  • Increase the array and quality of early childhood resources and out-ofschool time programming for families with children in the Great Place

  • Increase educational support services through the Mid-North Promise Program

  • Develop targeted strategy for workforce development and entrepreneurship for adult residents within the Great Place


Interested in getting involved in the efforts of this Great Place? Contact Tom Healy.


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