Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Big Car will be hosting a Jane Jacobs walk from Garfield Park to UIndy via the Shelby Street Corridor.  The walk is intended to explore ways in which the university and neighborhoods can be better connected via commercial development, walking, and biking.

The walk will take place on May 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  No registration is necessary and the event is open to any community member or community stakeholder.

For more information please visit: http://www.janejacobswalk.org/indianapolis-indiana-jane-jacobs-walk-shelby-street-corridor/

Friday, April 11, 2014

Last Saturday morning was crisp and sunny, a perfect day for manual labor and getting your hands dirty.  University Heights neighbors and KIB employees showed up a little early to enjoy coffee and doughnuts provided by UIndy's David Wantz.  Right on time, a hoard of UIndy students came marching down Matthews Ave. to assist neighbors and KIB in spreading mulch, picking up trash, building planting boxes, and planting trees.  Saturday was phase one of an ambitious transformation of the the old Cummins Student Apartment lot.


Friday, March 7, 2014

As I would have liked to see the media focus more on the positive and wonderful things I mentioned about our neighborhood, I feel this Community Action Team initiative is a good start in getting city leaders to understand the real issues we face here in University Heights.  As the story was more geared toward ridding the area of violent crime, I don't personally see that being the main issue we face as residents of University Heights.  I think these upcoming meetings will give neighbors the opportunity to voice true concerns about how they feel the city can better serve this area.  I spoke about investment by quality businesses, accountability of landlords, and need of better public transit among other things.  Unfortunately that did not get mentioned in the news piece.  However, as we move through this process, I think we will have the opportunity to expose the great things that are going on in our neighborhood.  Please check out the segment WTHR ran on the evening and morning news.



Monday, March 3, 2014


The Community Action Team wants to hear your thoughts on ways to build a stronger community one neighborhood at a time. Come be a part of the process by joining us at this meeting.

University Heights United Methodist Church
March 6, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Pipers Manor will be providing Dinner. This is a kid friendly event. Bring your neighbors, friends and family.  Mayor Greg Ballard will be there to help kick us off! Will you? We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 5:30-7:30PM: Workshop at KIB where we will be constructing benches for our park.

Contact Jim Pennell if you wish to attend (jpennell@uindy.edu)

March: 8 & 22, 9:00-noon: work on the walking paths. Some heavy equipment will be used to remove the topsoil for paths, create a water retention area, and prepare for pouring the shelter floor. We will need some help on these two days smoothing out the trail edges and compacting the soil. 

April 5: 9-noon: put down crushed limestone for the walking paths and outline the plant beds. We are shooting for getting 100 UIndy students to volunteer with the assistance of Community Programs. We will need some neighbors to help supervise.
May 17, 9:00-noon: planting trees and flowers. This will be one of our big events and we need as many neighbors as possible to help with this one, so please get it on your calendars!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

We had a productive and informative UHNA meeting this past week.  The focus of the meeting was around neighborhood security.  UIndy police chief David Selby spoke about how neighbors can work to reduce threats and report issues.    Also, neighbors Marvin Selva and John Barker advocated for developing a neighborhood watch to help build relationships between neighbors, students, and local law enforcement.