Traders Point ranked top neighborhood by NUVO

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Recently several of us with TPAN were interviewed by Nuvo Magazine for a feature story they were doing about Indianapolis Neighborhoods. We did not realize at the time that it would lead to Traders Point being identified as one of the 13 most interesting neighborhoods in Indianapolis! Although you may not think of Traders Point as a neighborhood, we are becoming a neighborhood thanks to people like you. I wanted to share the article.

I have noticed a lot of people are in a malaise about Pike, about property taxes, about property values. I get it. But if TPAN is doing its job, we will help you and the residential real estate community to articulate our area’s attributes. Not sure we have a motto or slogan (or that we even want one) but we continue to pursue designation as a rural historic district. If/when we complete that goal we will be Marion County’s ONLY rural historic district. Pretty cool.

Here’s a big idea in understanding neighborhood promotion. If we are passionate about what is great (such as the Creamery, Eagle Creek Park, proximity to the airport, the shorter commute time, KIB Tree Plantings etc.) we will engage friends and strangers in understanding why we chose this special place. If we are mad about it or something in it, that too will be contagious. (not good)

I encourage all of us to celebrate the distinctives of Traders Point. So please feel free to forward the attached to others!



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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