Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis

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Broad Ripple Village
Cultural district
Intersection of Broad Ripple & Guilford Ave
Intersection of Broad Ripple & Guilford Ave
Official seal of Broad Ripple Village
Motto: We're Open If You Are
Coordinates: 39°52′00″N 86°8′30″W / 39.86667°N 86.14167°W / 39.86667; -86.14167
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
 • Total 10.455 sq mi (27.08 km2)
Elevation 725 ft (221 m)
 • Total 17,041
 • Density 1,630.00/sq mi (1,057.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 46220
GNIS feature ID 0449481[1]

Broad Ripple Village is one of seven areas designated as cultural districts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Located about six miles (11 km) north of Downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple was established in 1837 as an independent municipality and annexed by the city of Indianapolis in 1922. The neighborhood has a reputation for being socially, economically, and ethnically diverse.[2] Broad Ripple is represented in Congress by Republican Susan Brooks.

Broad Ripple's position as a cornerstone of Indianapolis' youth culture and nightlife is a result of its thriving bar scene and the nearby presence of Butler University. Staying true to the neighborhood motto "we're open if you are," numerous Broad Ripple bars and restaurants remain open as late as 3am – often on weekdays as well as weekends. The neighborhood is home to many of Indianapolis' locally owned restaurants, independent art galleries, private boutiques and specialty shops, and the popular Monon Trail. Within just a few city blocks one can find a wide variety of food, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, Cajun, Middle Eastern, French, English, and Japanese as well as traditional American fare and four independent microbreweries. Entertainment offerings include Crackers a professional comedy club and multiple venues for live music, showcasing both local artists and nationally touring acts in genres such as rock, hip hop, country, and jazz. In 2004 a free biweekly newspaper, The Broad Ripple Gazette, was created by Broad Ripple native Alan Hague.[3]

Broad Ripple High School, one of the earliest Indianapolis Public Schools, is located within the Village. Some notable Hoosiers raised in or near the Broad Ripple neighborhood include late night talk show host David Letterman, professional football player Rosevelt Colvin, Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson, astronaut David Wolf, actor Abraham Benrubi, First Lady of Indiana Karen Pence and author Dan Wakefield.


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  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  2. ^ Smith, Bruce C. (August 16, 2004). "Broad Ripple boasts diverse community". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "About: The Broad Ripple Gazette". Broad Ripple Gazette. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 

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