Ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges (to the blog)

Change is a good thing. Difficult at times, yes. But without change, there is no growth.

After some thought, I’ve decided to change the direction of this blog.

I’ve really enjoyed using my blog as a platform for my weight loss journey and beauty tips, but I wanted a new direction. Especially one I can blog about fast because my free time is limited these days, but no matter how busy I get, I want to keep my blog.

Hence, I’m switching the focus to concentrate on a topic I know quite a bit about: Downtown Indianapolis.

I’ve been a resident for three years and before I lived here I spent a lot of time here. The city gets a bad rep. In many ways, I understand how much of a hassle it can be if you don’t live here. But I hate that sometime it gets judged on ridiculous untrue things. Plus, there is so much to do and see here. Our downtown is incredibly walkable and we have a ton of good restaurants.

So all of this being said, I hope you’ll join my journey of change. This transition will be a soft one, and all content will still be saved in the archives.

I look forward to sharing an insider’s look of city living with you whether you are considering a move here yourself or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend.

Also, if you have any questions about downtown, don’t hesitate to reach out! Email me at indyjournalista@icloud.com.

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Hello, Market East!

Downtown Indianapolis made the announcement on Wednesday April 16 that a seventh cultural district, Market East, will be added. I live in one of those seven districts and was pretty excited to hear the news.

I have visited many cities and haven’t seen any quite like Indianapolis with our cultural districts–especially the fact that we can walk from one end of downtown to the other. (You might need a Lyft to help you out if it’s far end to far end, but hey, it’s definitely possible).

You’ll find delightful public art, unique galleries, inspiring museums, quaint shops and engaging recreation,” Indianapolis Downtown Inc. explained about the cultural districts. “Satisfy your appetite at exquisite restaurants, ethnic eateries and cafes. Laugh out loud or dance the night away at one of dozens of night clubs and theaters. The districts also have your ticket to professional sports and performances.”

Currently in the Market East area, you’ll find our city-county building which needs quite a bit of work (landscaping, re-design, etc.) in the large open areas around it. You’ll also find several bail bonds and a couple rough spots, however, that shouldn’t define the area. There are quite a few great restaurants, our City Market and it meets up with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which connects all the cultural districts together.  (One of the best things about our city, in my opinion…)

Wholesale District

Another cultural district, the Wholesale District

With the new addition will come new life to the area. A lot of new life! Starting with residences, there will be two new apartment complexes. First is Artistry, which is almost done and very modern. Second is Market Square Tower, a 28 story luxury high rise that will change the city’s skyline.

Market Square Tower will fill the space where the old Market Square Arena once stood, which today is just flat parking.

Market East will also become the home to the IndyGo Downtown Transit Center and Cummins Inc. global distribution headquarters (read more on the IndyStar website).

So what does this all mean at the end of the day? More residents, jobs, visitors, dining, etc.

The area in general will receive a facelift and the city is encouraging residents to put in their two cents and submit their designs for a new City-County Building Plaza. Submissions must be turned in by May 28.

My husband and I moved to the heart of the city in February 2013 and couldn’t be more excited about the growth. It’s insane how quiet our downtown really is. Most people only visit during busy events, hence thinking downtown is busy. But to be honest? It’s not. Sure, at 7 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night traffic picks up. But most other days where there aren’t events, it’s not busy at all.

I’m looking forward to the updates Market East will bring and the new opportunities for downtown Indianapolis.

Downtown Living: I Love Where I Live

I don’t like to brag, and I don’t really have anything to brag about (with the exception of my amazing husband, friends and family…and cat), except for one aspect of my life: home.

I live in downtown Indianapolis. I had always wanted to live downtown and never ever thought it would happen. Growing up I lived about 10 minutes driving distance. I could see the top of the Chase (then Bank One) tower from my bedroom. We’d always watch the fireworks and visit here and there.

As a teenager, I had a boyfriend who always wanted to live in the country. And as a naive girl who expected to be with him forever, I figured my life needed to be on acres of land, far out from civilization.

Then when I met my husband, he lived in a suburb about 45 minutes away from downtown. His parents had a gorgeous house on a lake and then when he purchased his first home it was in the same city in a small subdivision. He isn’t a fan of being around tons of people, so I anticipated if we were together forever, it would probably be in a suburb.

Two trips to New York and an Indianapolis Super Bowl later, he fell in love with downtown. He realized it’s not this big crazy hectic place that people make it out to be. Sure the one way streets are confusing at first, and certain events get crazy. But you know what? 90% of the time, it’s not crazy.

I equate living downtown to a quote from The Great Gatsby, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

While there are a lot of people walking around–it’s just that. No one is in your business.

When I lived in the smaller suburb with my husband before we moved downtown in February, everything was packed. Walmart, Kroger–filled with people. You had to get through a ton of traffic to fight through first, then drive around a parking lot and then go inside and wait in long lines because everyone was there.

Or another example, whenever I go to some of our malls in the suburbs, it’s just loaded with people. If I walk into Circle Center Mall, it’s a breeze to walk through. You’re not constantly running into people or waiting in line for long to pay for a purchase.

Living downtown, for starters, is so much closer to my job. My driving has been cut drastically. That gives me more time for all sorts of other things.

We walk everywhere. A walk around for us, usually Monument Circle, is what some people probably make a day trip for. I can also quickly get to the canal for a run, which is so much better than the treadmill I used to have. I still hate running, but I don’t hate it as much when I have scenery and several other people along with me. It’s really motivating.

I love when I drive home and see buildings, both old and new.  I love being able to walk to dinner and have a few drinks if I choose to do so. I love living up in the air. For starters it feels incredibly safe, and two it just is so different than being on the main level.

This apartment we have is unlike anything I ever imagined and I still get a little taken back that this is where I live. We have this massive living room, it’s probably 20’x24′ with 12′ ceilings that seem so much taller. Then we have three large windows (not floor to ceiling but close) that have an incredible view of the city.

I love in the mornings when I’m pulling out of my parking garage, onto the street, and eventually have a gorgeous view of the Monument with the sun shining on all the buildings.

Downtown Indianapolis isn’t that big, but the location we’re in is in the heart of it.

Another great thing about living downtown is the fact that our city isn’t so big. You can walk from one end to the other from Mass Avenue to Lucas Oil Stadium. There are so many neat stores and restaurants and they’re really not that busy.

Everyone that comes to visit us usually mentions how much they love it. Some actually express interest or begin to tell me how they wish they would have done this.

My response? “Do it!” There are people of all types in my building. College students, business executives, parents, newlyweds, etc. I never thought we could do this either. But we just made it work. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. So if you’re thinking about living in a major city/downtown–do it. You would be truly surprised how awesome it is, and what you can do to make it work.

Maybe someday I’ll want to move back to the ‘burbs. But the way I feel right now at this moment is that I never want to leave the city. I love it too much.