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 west of Indy’s White River lies a neighborhood that has never been a stranger to hard work. From iron mills to meatpacking, the residents here have strengthened Indianapolis in more ways than imaginable. They’re rolling up their sleeves one more time, after decades of bettering the city, to now better their own prospects. Centered at the intersection of West Michigan Street and King Avenue, River West is a diamond in the rough, ready for a good polish.

The following goals leverage proximity to major Indianapolis attractions and relationships with anchoring partner organizations, as well as technology, arts, and supply chain opportunities as the foundations of this Great Place’s springboard to connectivity.

River West: Full Strategic Plan

River West: Abbreviated Strategic Plan and Map

Livability Goals
  • Encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use

  • Provide public spaces that are unique, lively, and authentic to the Near West community

  • Employ crime prevention strategies and enhance public safety efforts

  • Create opportunities to improve public health and access to healthy food

  • Enrich arts and cultural opportunities through promoting community creativity, inviting arts programming, and celebrating Near West history

Opportunity Goals
  • Foster an entrepreneurial environment that builds upon the geographic proximity to downtown Indianapolis, 16 Tech, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IUPUI, and the hospital complex

  • Create infrastructure and develop partnerships to support economic development and employment opportunities

Vitality Goals
  • Increase residential density by providing a variety of housing types with demographic and income diversity

  • Create a beautiful, welcoming neighborhood through reducing blight and abandonment

  • Improve the awareness and marketability of neighborhood housing stock

Education Goals
  • Increase access to quality early childhood education offerings

  • Improve graduation rates at George Washington Community High School

  • Enhance opportunities for adult learning and workforce training


Interested in getting involved in the efforts of this Great Place? Contact Ben Rose.


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