Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
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Land Use Case Reviews • Tuesday, Jan 5 at 6pm
Land Use Case Reviews of Requests for Variance Tuesday,...
MKNA Archives launched
Indianapolis Public Library and Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association are partnering...
Land Use Case Reviews • Monday, Nov 30 at 6pm
Land Use Case Reviews of Requests for Variance Monday,...
2015 Sid Maurer Award for Leadership
Business Leaders Meet in Meridian~Kessler The 16th annual Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood...
Washington Park Launches New Website
Washington Park, a neighborhood on the National Register of...
  • MKNA Archives launched

    November 29th, 2015
    MKNA Archives launched

    Indianapolis Public Library and Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association are partnering to create a digital archive of a vast trove of MKNA newsletters. In this digital collection of past MKNA newsletters and future magazines presented by the library, you will see the Mission Statement of MKNA played out in articles on projects, issues, incentives and management. You […]

  • VIDEO • Honor & Preserve

    October 1st, 2015
    VIDEO • Honor & Preserve

    Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) is proud to announce the release of “Honor & Preserve,” an informational video on the benefits of historic area protection and its impact on Indianapolis. The five-minute video features residents of several historic areas, including Fletcher Place, Chatham-Arch/Massachusetts Avenue, the Old Northside, Lockerbie Square, and Herron-Morton Place, and features staff of […]

  • Washington Park, a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places, is comprised of 113 properties in the southwest corner of Meridian~Kessler. The neighborhood is beaming with historically-significant structures, many of which were designed by nationally-reconized architects and inhabited by early community leaders. These leaders moved to the area, established its boundaries and platted its lots. The […]

  • STAY INFORMED MKNA will host a meeting for neighbors to learn more about IndyGo Red Line Rapid Transit proposal. Tuesday, Sept.15 | 5 to 6:30 pm Presentation at 5:45pm Bethlehem Lutheran Church (52nd and Central) This will be an open house format with a chance to view the detailed proposal and speak directly with IndyGo to […]

  • In 1999, Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association established an annual grant program now named in memory of Vi Walker, a longtime resident, business owner and staunch supporter of the neighborhood. By 2015, this program has granted $300,000 to other non-profit organizations that share our mission of growing and sustaining Meridian~Kessler. In order to fund the grants program, the MKNA Board of Directors allocates 25% […]

  • MK Plan Draft Published

    May 14th, 2015
    MK Plan Draft Published

    The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Plan is an instrument that will provide guidelines for residential and commercial redevelopment, advocate for a sustainable and attractive neighborhood, and promote the area’s unique and historic character. We invite your review and comments. The Plan is published at zoning.mkna.org You may comment publicly at the website. There is a comment box provided […]

  • A Thriving Community

    December 8th, 2014
    A Thriving Community

    Meridian–Kessler as a neighborhood conjures up the image of grand homes, handsome estates, spreading lawns and money— a lovely, but grossly incomplete picture. We are a benchmark community that many try to duplicate but cannot because of the authentic diversity of people, lifestyle and income here. It is this diversity that gives Meridian–Kessler both interest […]

  • A Robust Economy

    December 5th, 2014
    A Robust Economy

    Our neighborhood is a benchmark that many try to duplicate, but cannot, because the natural diversity of people, lifestyles and incomes is intrinsic to our community’s composition and is not replicable. It is this diversity that gives MKNA both interest and texture— and creates a robust local economy. MK is home to 15,000 people; 6,500 households. It is […]

  • Excellent Schools

    September 11th, 2013
    Excellent Schools

    One of the best attributes of Meridian~Kessler as a livable, walkable, urban community is the ability of residents to have a diversity of choices in where and how their children learn. There are nearly 40 primary and secondary schools in the area immediately surrounding Meridian~Kessler. The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association, often working closely with other civic organizations, […]

  • Communities of Faith

    September 11th, 2013
    Communities of Faith

    Meridian–Kessler is home to many large and small religious institutions representing a diverse spectrum of faiths and philosophies. The number of institutions located in Meridian–Kessler, along with the density of our neighborhood, allow for many families and individuals to be able to walk to their place of worship. Religious institutions— and an active inter-faith community— in MK play a role […]

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  • Meridian–Kessler as a neighborhood conjures up the image of grand homes, handsome estates, spreading lawns and money— a lovely, but grossly incomplete picture. We are a benchmark community that many try to duplicate but cannot because of the authentic diversity of people, lifestyle and income here. It is this diversity that gives Meridian–Kessler both interest

    Caroline Farrar, Executive Director, MKNA
  • Starting with one Cafe Patachou restaurant in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood more than 20 years ago, Hoover’s business has grown and added many spinoffs over the years. It’s a great local gem, a place we locals love to take visitors to give them a sense of the Indianapolis flavor.

    Matthew Tully, The Indianapolis Star
  • Independent local businesses employ a wide array of supporting services. They hire architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign makers and contractors for construction. Opportunities grow for local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys, advertising agencies and others to help run it. Local retailers and distributors also carry a higher percentage of locally made goods than the

    Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance
  • Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association— MKNA— acts as a spawn ideologically and financially for revitalization and improvement of the community and as a catalyst for community interaction and cohesion.

    Caroline Farrar, Executive Director, MKNA
  • The area was first populated in the 1820’s, and as early at 1880 had a population around 2500, when the first platted neighborhoods began to appear. It was around that time that the Indiana State Fairgrounds were moved to their current location, bordering the southwest corner of the neighborhood. By 1900 the entire area was

    Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis

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