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View Poll Results: Has Indianapolis hit rock bottom yet?
Nope, I only see a continued downward spiral for the foreseeable future 5 26.32%
I think that Indianapolis has a ways to go before it hits “Rock Bottom” 4 21.05%
I really don’t care about Indianapolis or Indiana or the Midwest, so what does it matter? 2 10.53%
Indianapolis could learn from other major cities about how to better its economy and fight crime 3 15.79%
Other(please give your honest thoughts and opinions on why you chose this option) 5 26.32%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-22-2018, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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What about violent crime ?
The violent crime rate is down for 2017. Robbery and rape are down; aggravated assault and murder rates are up. As someone else mentioned, shootings typically involve other criminal activity. Sixty percent of shooting victims in Indianapolis have a criminal history.

If you want to see graphs I've made using FBI data, click on the link, go to sheet 2 and scroll down.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...gid=1313342005
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Old 11-22-2018, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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The homeless camps moved to White River Parkway East and West Drives under and just south of I-70 (on the levees of the White River). There are also large camps along the railroad tracks where the GM stamping plant was, though I've heard "people have been living up there forever." All I know is that these folks are literally building semi-permanent structures and I never saw this sort of village look for years until just in the last two or three years (right when they closed the CSX track camp).
They won't be able to stay at the old stamping plant for long since it's going to be redeveloped.

Today I asked someone who lives downtown about the homeless situation. He said there are more homeless people at Monument Circle, but where he lives (by the canal), it wasn't a problem.
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Old 11-22-2018, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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The violent crime rate is down for 2017. Robbery and rape are down; aggravated assault and murder rates are up. As someone else mentioned, shootings typically involve other criminal activity. Sixty percent of shooting victims in Indianapolis have a criminal history.

If you want to see graphs I've made using FBI data, click on the link, go to sheet 2 and scroll down.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...gid=1313342005
Down a bit from 2016, but besides that still highest since 1997. Which is interesting because it's bucking the national trend; violent crime has been declining overall since the early 1990s.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I agree, with the clarification that the violent crime rate is nowhere close to what it was in 1997.

The subject of this thread begs the question that Indianapolis has hit bottom or is approaching it. But other than the violent crime rate, I don't see why. When did Indy hit its low point? Maybe sometime in the 70s when jobs and people moved out. Maybe in 1982 when unemployment in Indiana was almost 13%. Maybe in 2010 when unemployment was high and structures had had a good long time to decay.

As for a bottom--look at places like Detroit where entire areas have gone back to wilderness. Or cities where the population is declining. Or cities with "no-go" zones. None of those things describe Indianapolis.
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Old 11-23-2018, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"Rock bottom" is overly dramatic, but the fact of the matter is that Indy and similarly sized Midwestern metros do often get overlooked for the Nashvilles and Austins of the country.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Mod cut.

BTW, I lived in Indy for a number of years, so don't bother with the "doesn't even live here" argument. Besides, any sane person can see that Indy is nowhere near "rock bottom".... why do people allow themselves to be baited by such nonsense?

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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I grew up on the Southside, left when I was in my late 20s, came back for a couple of years in the late 00s, and left again. Still have family there.

It's a good solid Midwestern city that has a lot of positive things going for it, but nothing terribly spectacular. That's not a bad thing! If it wasn't for the climate I might still live there....


RM

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Old 11-24-2018, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis has sucked for a considerable amount of time regardless
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Indianapolis has sucked for a considerable amount of time regardless
Can you elaborate?
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Indianapolis is not a good place for me. It has too much homeless and vagrants in the downtown area. I did not like the crime and run down areas as well. Indianapolis appears to have a solid economy, but is being passed by its peers. Other new rising cities have more going on.
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