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Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Sept. 01, 2017

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Road upgrades needed?
With all the new development, some readers have wondered if our roads are sufficient to handle all the new residents.
Indeed, I am hearing the White's Ace Hardware Store area (in Nora) and the Smoke Shop land near Weaver's Garden Shop may both be being considered for new apartment developments in addition to the new apartments by the Art Center, across from the Brugge Brasserie and the old pool supply building.
Some readers have asked if it will get worse with all the new apartments (Broad Ripple Avenue has slowed to a crawl ever since the bike lanes were installed). Westfield Boulevard and Broad Ripple Avenue are congested night and day already. Plus many of the roads appear in poor shape or have drainage issues. However, this summer the City is already fixing our roads - as in 64th and 65th Street between College and Westfield as well as Westfield itself.

51st Art Fair Set for September 9, 2017
The Penrod Society will be holding its annual art fair at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on September 9. Interestingly, the IMA does not run the event. Instead, the Penrod Society does. I ran into them at the Farmers' Market.
They have an interesting history: In 1967 a group of twenty two men formed The Penrod Society. The volunteer organization was designed to support the cultural and educational activities of Indianapolis-area artists, students, and arts organizations. "Penrod" pays homage to Penrod Schoefield, a literary character from Indianapolis novelist Booth Tarkington. Over forty years later, The Penrod Arts Fair has become an Indianapolis tradition. Each year over 20,000 fair patrons visit the campus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art on the first Saturday after Labor Day. The Penrod Arts Fair showcases hundreds of artists, and offers live music, performing arts and local cuisine. Proceeds from this one-day celebration provide grants for Indianapolis-area arts and community organizations. In addition to launching the Arts Fair, The Penrod Society was also instrumental in creating the Economic Club of Indianapolis and the Prelude Awards. (Source website)
All proceeds go to community non-profits doing art (which includes 30 different organizations). The event will be held rain or shine. Also, a preview event will be held on September 8. Find more details at

BR Carnival a hit despite Fair overlap
The recent Broad Ripple Carnival held in Broad Ripple Park was a hit with over 9,000 attendees. They may hold it again next year.
I asked why it was run concurrent with the State Fair.
Apparently this did not affect attendance and was the time when the carnival rides were available. Plus the Carnival was free.
Still wouldn't a non-State Fair weekend make more sense?
Thanks to the Gazette for the great historical exhibit of the Village.

Last word on (killing off of) the State Fair Train Tracks
Proponents of continuing the train to the State Fair from Noblesville protested at the State Fair on Saturday August 19 which failed to run for the second year in a row and will never run again.
Noblesville and Fishers have apparently decided to rip out the train tracks that and make them a bike and hike trail instead.
The tracks go from Noblesville all the way to 22nd Street in downtown Indy and the corridor for them runs to 10th Street-hence a potential commuter rail, passenger rail, or special rail events corridor. (In a perfect world, the train to Chicago could start in Noblesville or Fishers.)
The tracks run parallel to the Monon Trail, something advocates urged as an alternative plan for the aforementioned suburbs to no avail.
You can read the details of Save the Nickel Plate on Facebook.

Transit Talk Forum September 28 and 29
Speaking of transit, IndyGo invites the public to stop by a casual 'Transit Talk' next month for updates on the Transit Plan, the Red Line, and to get any questions answered. All dates and locations can be found online at or on social media @IndyGoBus.
The ones in Broad Ripple are as follows
Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
Upland Brewing - 4842 N College Avenue
Friday, September 29, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.
HoiTea ToiTea - 6283 N College Avenue

It's Cowboy Time at Broad Ripple Park
On September 7, ages 3-5 can have a Cowboy Corral Party at Broad Ripple Park. Dress up in your Wild West Attire. The fun starts at 10 am. Pre-registration required.
They also have fall classes and more. Details on their website,

Wednesday evenings through the end of September: Broad Ripple Farmers Market @ Bent Rail Brewery off the Monon Trail from 4:30 to 7:30pm (also Saturday mornings behind BR High School, 8 am to noon through September, 9 am start time October through November).

Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to
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