The broad area of Indianapolis known as Midtown is located just north of downtown, and includes the neighborhoods of Broad Ripple, Meridian-Kessler, Butler-Tarkington, and Mapleton-Fall Creek.
In early 1900s, this region was considered the “suburbs” of Indianapolis, when many of the middle and upper classes escaped the bustle of downtown by constructing homes from modest to grand. Houses built in what is now the North Meridian Street Historic District are some of the most beautiful, and most neighborhoods surrounding this area through the heart of Midtown are desirable places to live as well. The Midtown Holiday Home Tour, held in November each year, is a wonderful way to view a number of historic homes in the region.
One of the most recognized schools in the Indianapolis Public School system, School 84, is located in Midtown. The school is one of the three magnet schools known as the Center for Inquiry, and in 2011 was named the School of the Year by the Magnet Schools Association.
One of the current priorities in Midtown is development and improvement of public parks. 10.5 acre Tarkington Park is undergoing a $6 million renovation that will create a center for live concerts, events, and youth programs. Well-established parks and recreational trails through the area include the Central Canal Towpath, the Monon Trail, and Broad Ripple Park, as well as nearby Holliday Park
Other priorities include commercial development, and renovation and improvements in areas on the west side of the region. The Midtown Loves Local site is a great place to learn more about this up-and-coming region. Their comprehensive dining guide will help you find a restaurant in the area to satisfy any craving. Or learn more at Indy Midtown Magazine, with useful links to general Indianapolis/ Marion County resources and information, neighborhood associations in the region, and more.