Inspired by this post on A Place of Sense, I decided to try my hand at similar one for my neighborhood, Meridian-Kessler. I will start with 10 places that work, and post 10 places that don’t work and 10 opportunities for growth in the near future. These are listed in no particular order.
10 places that work:
1. Yats. A neighborhood institution that has thrived without its own parking lot. The restaurant itself is a model of efficiency, but also proves that efficiency doesn’t have to be boring.
2. The Monon Trail. I’m not sure what I would have done without the excellent bike path just a few blocks from my house that originates downtown and now ends to the north of Carmel. If trains happen to become a part of the Monon’s future due to the resurgence of rail travel, the trail acts as a land bank that preserves the right of way.
3. Architecturally interesting churches. My personal favorite being St. Joan of Arc.
4. The houses along the North/South streets west of College Avenue. Of course there are great houses elsewhere in the neighborhood, but these are the ones that could end up on postcards.
5. The Red Key. Another institution. Try the hamburger and a Manhattan (which is the drink on the famous neon sign).
6. Good side streets for bicycling/walking. I’m not a big fan of riding or walking down a street with a good deal of car traffic, so I generally just head down a quiet street and keep going until I have to turn.
7. Activated neighborhood nodes. The neighborhood is lucky to contain some of the best in town, along with some others that have potential.
8. New energy at 54th and the Monon. Just a few years ago, when I moved to the neighborhood, this area had Mama Carolla’s and not much else,. Now there are quite a few new destinations. While not technically in Meridian-Kessler, it is close enough that it draws many residents.
9. School for Inquiry. Award winning charter school that can hopefully lead a new interest in quality public schooling for the city.
10. I’ll just compile some of my other favorite places in this single number: Luna Music, A Taste of Philly Pretzels, News Cafe, Sam’s Gyros, Upland Tasting Room, Cafe Patachou, Taste Cafe, Habig’s, College Avenue Library, the old neighborhood apartment buildings, Binkley’s (just outside the MK boundary).