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Local organization looking to revitalize neighborhood, fight blight

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Today Mayor Hogsett will help break ground on the new Teachers Village just South of 10th and Rural streets.

They are building 21 new and rehabbed three-bedroom homes located one mile east of downtown. This initiative is an effort to attract educators from both Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Mayor Sponsored Charter Schools (MSCS) to live in the urban areas in which they are serving students. The neighborhood was one of the first Indianapolis suburbs but saw a decline in the 50s and 60s, Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) wants to bring it back.

Their website says they are fighting blight, spurring economic regeneration, cultivating livable-wage work, creating walkability and connectivity, all within a stone’s throw of downtown. Leaders say they want to develop the community as they invest, restore and build, putting neighbors first.

NEAR wants to give people the power to change their neighborhood. NEAR offers a “how-to” printout of the step-by-step actions to take.

If you’re interested in buying a home go to NEAR’s website where they list developing properties.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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