Saturday, August 9, 2014

Neighbors,

Before summer comes to a close we'd love to get some photos of your garden, flowerbeds, or interesting landscaping to post to our image gallery.  Walking around the neighborhood you will find many homes with impressive wild flower beds or gardens.  It would be great to post some of those pictures on the website so others can see the fruits of our labor.  We can also show them as a running slide show at our upcoming meetings.

Proud gardeners please pass your photos onto uheightsnieghborhood@gmail.com


The university is planning to close off State Avenue (between Hanna Avenue and Castle) next week to complete the water tap for the  UIndy Health Pavilion.   

The street will be closed beginning on the 12th through the end of the work day on the 15th.   During this time, the street will be open to local traffic only.  All the necessary barricades and signage will be posted.  

Please let Dave Wantz (wantz@uindy.edu) know if you have any questions or concerns. 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Calling all neighbors.  We have another pocket park work day coming up next Saturday.  We need as much neighborhood support as possible so please feel free to recruit your friends and family for the event.  The last work day we partnered with UIndy students and faculty and had a great turn out.  We are hoping for robust attendance from neighbors for the second work day.

Pocket Park Work Day - Saturday, May 17th 9:00 am - Noon:
We will be meeting at the pocket park located on Edwards and Matthews.  Work will continue on the development of the green space.

UHNA Neighborhood Meeting - Tuesday, May 20th - 7:00 - 8:00 pm:
This is a call out to anyone needing to request time on the agenda or discussion points.  Please respond if you have items to add or need time on the agenda. Meeting will be held at the Stierwalt Alumni House. 

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.