In another of a planned type of posts here at Urban Indy, we hope to engage you, our readers, in hopes of generating some good ideas about how to tackle known, but still yet unfixed issues facing Indianapolis.
Today I would like to push the paradigm of affordable downtown living. Many people ask this question and ponder how to make it happen. As it stands, policy dictates that wealthy or poverty level families are the most apt to be living in downtown. If wealthy, there are plenty of homes/condos available for purchase. If poor, there are plenty of subsidized apartment developments available. But for the middle class family looking to purchase in an urbanized neighborhood? It’s quite difficult to do. Sure, there are places that are in the $150-$200k range, but that gets you a small space, and maintence fees that make it difficult to afford.
CEO’s for Cities has asked this question as well and are currently holding an event in Indianapolis called “The LIvability Challenge” asking just this question. So in honor of a great organization choosing our city to host their event, I ask our readers, “What can we do to make downtown Indianapolis more livable?”