Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood
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Washington Park Launches New Website
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TRANSIT • The Red Line is coming
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MK Spark • 2015 August September October
Our fall edition of MK Spark is in the mail!  MKNA is excited to...
2015 Neighborhood Grant Recipients
In 1999, Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association established an annual grant program now...
  • 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 […]

  • The Red Line, an electric bus rapid transit (eBRT) line from Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis, could be open to the public as early as 2018. The IndyGo planning team is working with CDM Smith to complete an environmental assessment and design engineering for the line. The team plans to apply for a […]

  • Our fall edition of MK Spark is in the mail!  MKNA is excited to send you our quarterly publication. Look for this edition of the magazine in your mailbox this week. As we celebrate our organization’s 50th year, we launched initiatives to improve our communications to neighbors. We redesigned the mkna.org website and are now better able to deliver the most current MK news. Notices […]

  • 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% […]

  • This summer, 96 Gallon Trash Carts are being distributed to the rest of Meridian~Kessler. Some areas (predominantly east of College) were transitioned last fall. In 2010, the City initiated the 96-gallon trash cart program to create a safer, cost efficient, and cleanertrash collection service for the residents of Indianapolis. As of the end of 2014,  nearly 140,000 households are using […]

  • 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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