New Albany Renewal

New Albany Renewal is intended to serve as a repository for ideas relevant to preserving and restoring historic buildings, cleaning up neighboorhoods, revitalizing downtown, and improving the quality of life in New Albany, Indiana.

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Comeback Story

Only 114 miles (or so) to our north, formerly down-at-the heels Fountain Square has re-made itself into a thriving, vibrant Indianapolis neighborhood.

Starting in the 1860's Fountain Square developed into the primary commercial district for the south side of Indianapolis. It was known as a solid working class neighborhood until decline began in the 1950's.

In the 1960's the interstate came through separating the business district from the adjacemt residential areas. During that time, Fountain Square lost 6,000 residents, almost 25% of its population.

Read more about the history of Fountain Square courtesy of IUPUI

I was in the Fountain Square area in the late 1980's and gritty is probably the best description of what it was like then. It's so exciting to read about what it's like now.

Southest Neighborhood Development (SEND) is responsible for much of the work that has been done in the Fountain Square neighborhood, along with nearby Fletcher Place and Bates-Hendricks.

See for yourself at the Fab for Less neighborhood improvement tour in August.