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Justice for De'Shaun

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide of De'Shaun Swanson. The 10 year old James Whitcomb Riley School 43 student was killed September 19, 2015 while joining his family at a memorial service at a home in the 3900 block of Graceland Avenue, in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. He was one of four people shot in the drive-by shooting. According to the FBI, the shots fired at the home came from the front and rear seat passengers in a newer model, silver/gray vehicle with window tint. The vehicle was seen slowly driving by the house multiple times. 

The FBI's Indianapolis Field Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FBI Indianapolis Field Office at (317) 595-4000, the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana Tips Hotline at (317) 262-TIPS. You may submit an anonymous tip online.
Purple Line Coming Soon!


Last week, IndyGo launched a series of events specific to the Purple Line, which will run along the 38th Street corridor. The Purple Line will also bring infrastructure improvements to 38th Street. Learn more about the project and upcoming events. 
Midtown-Based Music Venues Receive Recovery Grant Funds


Five Midtown-based independent music venues were among 17 recipients of a Music Cities Strategy Recovery grant to help struggling small businesses. 

The Melody Inn, the Jazz Kitchen, Black Circle, Mousetrap and the Vogue received grants funded by federal CARES Act dollars approved by the City-County Council on June 8. Musical Family Tree, the administrator of the grant, reviewed 17 applications. All 17 applicants received funding, averaging $7,398, for a total of $121,675. Grants may be used for overhead costs, including rent, mortgage and/or utility payments. "On behalf of our staff, patrons, and myself - we can't thank you enough," said David Allee, grantee and owner of the Jazz Kitchen.

Congrats to all! To celebrate, revisit this story from 2017 in Indy Midtown Magazine about Midtown's neighborhood venues.
Intergenerational Housing in Butler-Tarkington


Longtime Butler-Tarkington resident Brenda Vance Paschal and her husband Prinest have built a unique multi-generational housing product called Chicago two flats. The 3,600 square foot home has high-end features and open concept design to allow light and air to fill the two separate living spaces. The design allows different generations of families to live under one roof but have the privacy of their own entrance. The project was featured in a WTHR news report which can be viewed here.
Nancy's Ride on September 7

Nancy's Ride, taking place on Monday, September 7 at Freewheelin' Community Bikes (34th & Central Ave), is a family-friendly bike ride for all ages and abilities. Named in honor of Freewheelin' Community Bikes founder Nancy Stimson, all proceeds benefit the organization's projects and programs. 

Riders have a choice of three routes of different lengths - 15, 20, and 30 miles - with staggered starting times beginning at 9 a.m. A virtual option exists too. To protect volunteers and riders, there will be NO on-site registration. Learn more and register online.


Volunteers Needed: During the past month, Mapleton-Fall Creek neighbors have met at Freewheelin' Community Bikes to plot a tactical urbanism project thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. Tactical urbanism is a tool for citizens to create flexible, short-term projects that help visualize ways to improve street safety by creating pedestrian plazas, parklets and/or pop-up bike lanes. The route has been plotted and now volunteers are needed to help install it. 

From Tuesday, August 25 through Friday, August 28, volunteers can help sort and carry items, assemble and paint up the finished pieces, and more. Meet at Freewheelin' 3355 Central Ave., between 7 - 9 p.m. Painting and creating the bike lane will occur Friday, August 28 and Saturday August 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Food and water will be provided. For details email Eleanor Roberts: programs@freewheelinbikes.org. 
Bike Share Popular in Midtown 

Two Midtown bike share stations that were installed in 2019 have proven to be among the top five busiest stations in the system this summer. In a statement, Kären Haley, Indianapolis Cultural Trail executive director said, "The five busiest bike share stations reflect the many ways people are using Pacers Bikeshare and also illustrate that there is a lot of use along the city's greenways and cultural districts." 

Since May, over 40 percent of Pacers Bikeshare trips started at the new stations installed last year including Broad Ripple @ Westfield and Monon Trail, and 54th St. and Monon Trail. She said areas of the city that are temporarily closed to vehicle traffic like Broad Ripple Ave. are seeing very high ridership. "It's fascinating to see how the ridership patterns have changed with so many people being at home."
Spray Grounds Are Still Open

Indy Parks spray grounds let you cool off during the last blast of summer heat. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied in a the spray ground area by an adult and be within arms' reach of the adult oat all times. Food, drinks, gum, coolers, and/or glass items are not allowed in the spray grounds. Refrain from running, rough play or misuse of spray ground equipment. People with an open wound, open blisters, cuts, etc. are advised not to use the spray ground.
More Extensive Updates Available 

For more information on Midtown state of affairs as it relates to businesses, schools, cultural amenities, resources, announcements, and general health, visit Indy Midtown Magazine's COVID-19 Update page, which will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

The City of Indianapolis also has compiled a list of the latest restrictions and a growing list of resources and access to city services, along with other important information.
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