TPAN Issues of interest

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The next TPAN meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Traders Point Creamery, starting at 6:45 PM. This meeting will largely be a forum on the upcoming Pike School Board elections in the May primary election. The initial 15 minutes of the meeting will be used to update some local issues then the school board forum will begin at 7 PM. To date, three of the school board candidates have confirmed they will participate in the forum so please attend the TPAN meeting to learn about the candidates as well as mingle with your TP neighbors.

In other news of interest:
1. The Indianapolis Parks Department is conducting a series of meetings to discuss with the public the 2009 update to the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and Greenways Master Plan. The Round 1 series of meetings is to discuss the planning process and gather public feed back. The meeting scheduled for the Pike Township locale will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2008, from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Pike Freshman Center Conference Room, 6801 Zionsville Road. The attached pdf document is a flier distributed by the Parks Department and lists all meeting dates throughout the city-county.

2. As of the week of February 11th, the Indianapolis IndyGo bus system has begun operating some new and expanded routes in its service area. There is now an expanded route that comes from downtown Indianapolis north to the Traders Point Shopping Center and also services Park 100. This route may be useful for numerous occasions, including having a car undergoing service or to attend a Colts game or other downtown activity and avoiding paying for parking.
Check out the new route schedules at
Route 37 – Park 100: Extends service to Traders Point Center (W. 86th St.) and Intech Park (W. 71st St.). Operates Monday through Sunday. The Customer Service Center, located in the Indianapolis City Market, also has schedules. For more information, call the center at 635-3344.

3. For those of you (like most of us) who get confused by the terms and various steps undertaken to develop an historic district, such as we are underway to do with the Traders Point Rural Historic District, the January-February 2008 edition of the “Indiana Preservationist” magazine, published by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, has a very helpful group of articles as the edition’s Feature Topic, entitled “Tools of the Trade”. You can find the magazine and these articles at:

4. Do you have concerns about cosmetics and personal hygiene products? You may be interested in the following information:
Chemicals in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products.
The Environmental Working Group has developed Skin Deep, a database that pairs ingredients in more than 25,000 personal care products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases and generates a score based on the toxicity of those ingredients. It is easy to search by individual products and can also produce lists of products in different categories by score. You can also check out for more information about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer-rights groups whose goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives.


About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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