Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel

Indy Parks Plan Feedback: What We Heard

Opening & Introductions Local resident Bob Weaver kicked off the April 28th, 2015, Nora Alliance meeting with introductions and background from the first meeting of the Nora Alliance. We will be soliciting a steering committee to guide the first year of Nora Alliance activities and proactive community planning. Indianapolis – Marion County Park, Recreation & Open Space […]

2015 Great North Run & Fitness Fair Breaks Records

The Great North Run is a 10K, 5K & Fun Walk/Run through the North Central High School campus and surrounding Nora neighborhoods. The registration fee includes race, recovery station with food and a fitness fair. All events are open to all walkers and runners. Funds raised support programs in our schools that tax dollars do […]

North Central Senior Accepted to Every Ivy League School

Stefan Stoykov, who scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT, has an inspirational story to tell about his journey from Bulgaria to the Nora community in Indianapolis. While Stefan is clearly exceptional, his is also a story of how Washington Township schools help students from all backgrounds succeed. Nora Elementary, where Stefan first attended at […]

Leadership Opportunities: Join MSDWT Parent Council’s Excom!

MSDWT Parent Council is looking to fill one more leadership position on their Executive Committee. The President Elect position shadows the current president and would be Parent Council President in the 2016-2017 school year. This is the group that plans our meetings, including researching topics and arranging guest speakers. If you have an interest in […]

Walkability High on Nora’s Wishlist

Walkability is high on the list of priorities identified by attendees of the first Nora Alliance meeting – nearly half (48%) of the submitted comments revolve around sidewalks, trails, pedestrian connectivity, safe routes and walkability. Safe communities are livable communities. Here we focus on a few of the critical safety concerns – our arterial roads – that call […]

Nora Alliance Kickoff Meeting: What We Heard

March 18, 2015, marked the first meeting of the Nora Alliance, aimed at introducing the initiative and identifying interest. Introductions Local resident Bob Weaver kicked things off with introductions and a statement of how and why we are coming together as the Nora Alliance. Together, we can take a proactive approach to build community identity, […]

Suspicious Activity 03/14/15

On March 14, 2015 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., two very suspicious-looking men were seen driving an unmarked white mini-van through the College Commons neighborhood.  They came up to the door of a home on Warwick Rd and offered very cheap prices on good steaks and said the neighbors at that residence had bought […]

Community Districting Initiatives Around Us

Indy’s Cultural Districts and Commercial Corridors are getting a lot of attention these days – and increasing promotion and investment from the city. To our north, communities are heavily investing in place-making, such as the Carmel Arts & Design District. There are six well branded “Cultural Districts” in Indy. The Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission has successfully […]

Indy’s Community Districts: Where Does Nora Fit?

Strong place-making initiatives are thriving all around the city that serve to define cultural, residential and commercial “districts.” Districting efforts are largely locally led initiatives to promote communities, and their efforts drive future planning and investment. Indianapolis’ Strategic Plan 2014 and current Plan 2020 initiatives are aggressively pursuing strategies to promote and invest in well defined community districts. […]

Indy’s Complete Streets Policy

On March 5, 2014, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization – IRTC Policy Committee approved a complete streets policy for the Central Indiana region. How do those plans affect Nora? Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and […]