AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Homes Before Highways: Communities Under the Exit Ramp

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When and Where:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Concord Neighborhood Center

1310 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225

Home before Highways
Dr. Susan B. Hyatt, Dr. Paul R. Mullins


Event Description:

Share stories and see photos of homes and businesses destroyed on Indianapolis’ south and west sides by the interstate construction of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Homes have meanings that live on in the memories of those who once inhabited them, long after they have been erased from the landscape. Driving south on Capitol Street, for example, you can suddenly find yourself on an entrance ramp onto I-70.  Yet, Capitol was once part of a vibrant neighborhood that is fondly remembered by its former residents.  

Using personal narratives, archival photos, newspapers, and other documents, Homes before Highways will share the stories of the displacement that resulted from interstate construction and will explore the ways that the idea of home shapes both our understandings of the past and our visions for the future. We will also discuss how the interstates, even while they demolished urban neighborhoods, also made possible the construction of the new homes that came to make up suburban communities

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested.

Presented by IUPUI Department of Anthropology and Concord Neighborhood Center

IndyGo: 16

Awesomeness Nomination: Build Community
Hyatt and Mullins are anthropology professors who have both forged longstanding partnerships with groups such as the Ransom Place Neighborhood Association and the Concord Neighborhood Center. This event builds on many years of research on the ways in which people understand the meanings of their homes and neighborhoods, both in the past and in the present. More than a standalone event, Hyatt and Mullins plan to schedule a “scan-a-thon” following the Spirit & Place Festival to help communities preserve old photos, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, church bulletins and other neighborhood memorabilia.


Photo Credit: Chaia Hazan & Angela Herrmann