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Broad Ripple Village
Broad Ripple is located in the area in between 61st and 67th Streets, extending along College Avenue. It is known primarily for its diversity and bohemian flare. Due to the presence of nearby Butler University, the area is filled with college students and young people. As such, there are a number of bars, music stores, thrift shops, art galleries and tattoo parlors. Restaurants run the gamut from Greek to Indian to Italian. Broad Ripple park has paths for walking, biking and running, and it is even possible to kayak or canoe on the White River. Each May, the neighborhood is host to the Broad Ripple Art Fair, put on by the Indianapolis Art Center.
This area is the teeming epicenter of downtown Indianapolis. Shoppers will go nuts at the giant
Circle Centre mall, with over 100 different stores and restaurants. Forming an equilateral triangle with the mall are Conseco Fieldhouse, where the Indiana Pacers play, and Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts. Monument Circle, from which the Circle City received its nickname, is the location of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, a giant obelisk in the center of a large roundabout. Restaurants and hotels abound, but because of the touristy nature of the area these are more on the expensive side.
The canal running through the center of Indianapolis was originally intended to connect the city to major waterways. The project was never seen through to completion, though, and was abandoned in favor of railway construction. In the 1980s the city decided to refurbish the canal with the Grand Canal in Venice as inspiration, along with a series of parks. Today, visitors can stroll along the waterfront and take a ride in a gondola. The Lawn at White River State Park is a large concert venue, bringing in many national acts. Other attractions include Victory Field, home to the minor league
Indianapolis Indians, the Indiana State Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions and the
Indianapolis Zoo.This area is also home to the largest JW Marriott in the world.
In the early 20th century, this neighborhood was overrun with theaters. The Fountain Square Theatre is a holdout from those days, and now hosts many cultural events, including Friday night swing dances. The city has invested millions in the neighborhood located southeast of downtown and it is enjoying a renaissance as a center for arts and culture and ethnic eateries. The area is bohemian and rich with urban patina.
Lockerbie Square is the eldest of the Indianapolis urban neighborhoods and offers an eclectic mix of Italinate, Federal and Queen Anne restored residences alongside modern condos and housing for urban professionals. The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is located on one of Lockerbie's historic brick-made streets and the famed poet once described his neighborhood as "nestled away from the noise of the city and heat of the day."
This district's galleries, theatres, public art, restaurants, unique shops, bars and nightclubs offer an escape from the ordinary. The area is a perfect example of the pedestrian-friendly lifestyle for which Downtown Indy is known.
African Americans have played an essential role in the growth of this city and this district was the commercial and social hub of black Indianapolis back in the day. Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and many others performed here and you can still experience the legacy of those talents in several clubs in the area. You can also explore black history through art, historic attractions, museums and parks.