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Justin M
2530 Indianapolis Avenue
(UNWA (United Northwest))
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the project

Urban Patch's next project in Indianapolis will mark and address the destruction and erasure of Black urban fabric from 'urban renewal' and highway construction and the consequent generations of disinvestment and demolition. We will make much-needed improvements to three vacant and dumped-on lots in an area that has declined since the construction of an interstate highway that tore through the community decades ago. By working in the UNWA neighborhood where Indianapolis' Black community was focused due to racism and redlining (and where Urban Patch's own John and Joyce Moore grew up) this project will help bridge the pride, heritage, and vitality of this community with the spaces, people, needs, and desires in UNWA today. 

The first round of project funds will be used to clear the lot and provide new planting as a 'food forest,' fencing, and furnishing that will make the site usable for those in the community as a passive green space and open area for multi-purpose play. 


the steps

Urban Patch already acquired the three long-vacant properties from the city's Renew Indianapolis land bank. The site needs a perimeter fence to discourage dumping and new plantings and furnishing. Once we have raised the funds we will build out the site improvements with a goal to complete the first round of work by November 2020. As with our previous green space projects like the Park Garden or Ruckle Redbud Grove, each year we will do a new round of improvement, to grow and develop the site as a community resource over time. 


why we're doing it

This Black community deserves new spaces for public activation, enjoyment, and healthy living.  



$385 fruit trees and bushes for the site

$2500 new perimeter fencing (post and beam) * note this is only for a portion of the site. We will go back and do the rest at another time. 

$120 eco-friendly paint for fence

$500 community stipend for labor at $20 per hour x 25 person-hours

TOTAL RAISED = $3,845.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $190.50
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $114.30


$5500 new perimeter fencing

$500 new shade trees

$500 new fruit trees and bushes

$1000 new turf and perennial groundcover planting

SUBTOTAL = 7,500
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $375
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $225



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