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Old 12-09-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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I'm probably moving to Indianapolis or Bloomington in the new year. Is it safe to live in downtown Indianapolis? Does it empty out at night or is there people living there? What about restaurants and grocery stores. Any of them Downtown that are open at night? Any help is appreciated.

Also I found an apartemnt at E 76th and N Keystone. Is this area safe? From mapquest I would guess this to be a 10-15 minute drive to downtown?????
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Old 12-09-2007, 05:44 PM
 
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Default should be ok

I'm not an expert on Indy but more than half of my family lives here so I've seen just about every part of the city. 76th and Keystone should be fine as far as I know. Anyone from Indy to confirm this?
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:14 PM
 
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You'll be fine. DT Indy is very vibrant and really does not "empty out" all that much compared to other cities.

And short of the occasional panhandler, safety isn't much of an issue either. The police have really increased their presence.

It is rather expensive to live downtown and especially in the immediate core, so keep this mind as you're house hunting.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:08 AM
 
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I'm probably moving to Indianapolis or Bloomington in the new year. Is it safe to live in downtown Indianapolis? Does it empty out at night or is there people living there? What about restaurants and grocery stores. Any of them Downtown that are open at night? Any help is appreciated.

Also I found an apartemnt at E 76th and N Keystone. Is this area safe? From mapquest I would guess this to be a 10-15 minute drive to downtown?????
76th & Keystone is a good area, although I think the aprartments you are reffereing to are a little ghetto....maybe. But overall, that is not a bad side of town.

Probably a little more than 10-15 to downtown....particuarly in rush hour traffic...I would double that estimate...at a minimum
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I'm probably moving to Indianapolis or Bloomington in the new year. Is it safe to live in downtown Indianapolis? Does it empty out at night or is there people living there? What about restaurants and grocery stores. Any of them Downtown that are open at night? Any help is appreciated.
There is definitely an influx of people living downtown and the immediate neighborhoods around it. There are TONS of restaurants and unfortunately only one major grocery store at this point in the core of downtown. However there are a few Kroger stores very close to the center of the city.

If you're looking downtown, specific neighborhoods I would recommend are the Old Northside, St. Joseph, Chatham Arch/Mass Ave, Fletcher Place, Lockerbie and Ransom Place/IUPUI area. Those would probably be your best bet. Living up at 76th & Keystone will be a stretch from living in an urban environment, but if you want live to close to big box chains and fast food restaurants.. this is the place to go.

If you're looking north, I would recommend Broad Ripple, Rocky Ripple or Butler/Tarkington. The closer you get to the 82nd the street the the worse the traffic gets and more strip mallish it gets..
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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I agree with the last post -- love the downtown Lockerbie area. Broad Ripple, also. If you are looking for some place that has a lot of people and very active nightlife seven days a week...go for Broad Ripple. I am the organizer of a group called Indianapolis New in Town. Feel free to check it out and ask members for their opnions -- there are members in all areas of the city. http://newintown.meetup.com/47/
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:14 AM
 
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Indy has a great downtown!
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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I live right downtown in St. Joseph if you have any questions. A young person would love Broad Ripple and 76th and Keystone is just up Keystone from all the action of that area. So if you want a little more quiet at night and dont mind a short drive, you have all of Broad Ripple close. Lots of grocery stores, bakeries, all the shopping you would need in just about a two mile circumference, gyms, library branch, bars, music, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

I personally think Broad Ripple thru the College Ave. corridor has a great vibe and did consider moving there. We love it downtown because I am only 5 blocks from work. A nice stroll and I can come home for lunch. But BR or the Keystone location are not a bad commute.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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Hide, lock your doors, close your blinds
Advice from a friend of mines, they experience Indianapolis themselves... simply said they rather not return
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Hide, lock your doors, close your blinds
Advice from a friend of mines, they experience Indianapolis themselves... simply said they rather not return
lol....whatever. Indianapolis, as far as big cities are concerned, has one of cleanest and safest downtowns of any city I have ever visited or lived in. It's not for everyone, but no place is. Go to downtown LA, ATL, Memphis, Jacksonville, NYC, CINCY, just to name a few and then come to Indianapolis and tell me you don't feel safe. (I love all of those places BTW, so don't harrass me for knocking your city!) Lock your doors and hide.... PLEASE!

I guess if you've never spent much time in the city before, anyplace could be intimidating. Or just don't hang out in the crack neighborhoods...every cities got em, but that is not a true representative of ANY downtown.
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