Eastgate, Indianapolis

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Eastgate is a neighborhood on the east side of Indianapolis located within the I-465 loop, and bounded on the north by E. 16th Street, on the south by E. Washington Street, on the east by Franklin Road, and on the west by Shadeland Avenue.[1] The neighborhood was best known as the site of the Eastgate Shopping Center (later renamed Eastgate Consumer Mall), the first mall in Indiana.[2] In May 2008 the shopping center was sold to Lifeline Data Centers, who turned it into a colocation site. The shopping center has been converted into a data storage center, and also plays host to Indianapolis' Homeland Security Department as of Summer 2010.[3] The center hopes to breathe life back into the suburb and has seen a large degree of success. Jobs at the data storage facility are predominantly from $65,000 and up.[4]

The neighborhood is known for its mature trees, many well over 70 years old, and older homes with lots of character. Home construction in this neighborhood took place from the 1930s to the late 50s, with few new constructions after 1965. Styles are predominantly bungalow, cape cod, and ranch with some tudor revival. The neighborhood was once one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in Indianapolis in the 1960s and 70s due to the Eastgate Shopping Center, and its vicinity to the downtown area and manufacturing jobs. After the closing of several manufacturing plants, many residents were forced to look for work elsewhere and moved out.[5] Current residents are predominantly employed in the professional fields, most with vocational or post-secondary educational degrees. More recently, the gentrification of the nearby Irvington Historic District has pushed home values up, with some gentrification spilling over into Eastgate.[6]

The Eastgate neighborhood falls under the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, whose high school has achieved an over 74% progression to post-secondary education, and a 90.1% graduation rate, where the national average graduation rate sits at 78%.[7][8] The district's high school Warren Central High School is known for its outstanding football program, and has been ranked as high as number 2 in the nation in USA Today's Prep Top 25 poll.[9] Along with this achievement, the school holds an extensive record of State Champion titles in areas such as cross country, track and field, men's gymnastics, speech and debate, theatre arts, wrestling, and many more, notably placing 4th at the Winterguard WGI Scholastic World competition in 2012.[10] The school also achieved the rank of 3rd-best athletic program in the nation, and 1st among public schools by Sports Illustrated in 2007.[11]

The neighborhood also plays host to the East Side Voice, and independent newspaper serving the east side of Indianapolis, with an estimated readership of over 25,000.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Registered Neighborhood Organizations Directory". City of Indianapolis. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mall Hall of Fame". Blog Spot. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Theis, Doug. "Indy Star: Eastgate's transformation delights residents". Lifeline Data Centers. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Parker, Reed. "Emergency Ops Center Moves to Abandoned Mall". WIBC News. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Malley, Chris (11 September 2010). "A new outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood". Indianapolis Business Journal (September). Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Murray, John (4 April 2013). "70% of Marion County homeowners to see higher property tax bill". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Elliott, Scott (7 February 2012). "Indiana's graduation rates increased in 2010-11 school year". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Layton, Lindsey (22 January 2013). "National public high school graduation rate at a four-decade high". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Warren Central High School (Indiana)". Wikipedia. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Warren Central Winter Guard". Warren Central Performing Arts. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (19 June 2007). "Nation's Top 10 Athletic Programs". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Eastside Voice Newspaper". Linkedin. Retrieved 5 May 2013.