Englewood neighborhood overview
The history of Englewood is nearly as old as Indianapolis, and encompasses a myriad of people, events, and social changes. From its roots as a rural, farming community to its current state as a transitioning neighborhood, Englewood has been the home of several groups of concerned citizens working to make a safe, healthy, thriving community.
In 1995, the Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) was formed to help foster social and economic development in the area. The latest project completed by the ECDC was the renovation of the former IPS School #3 building into a mixed income apartment building, The Commonwealth. The project was completed 3 years after the housing market crash and has provided area residents with affordable housing in a setting that fosters community and interdependence.
The current project that members of the ECDC have initiated is the development of a community garden. Students from IUPUI are partnering with them to transform a vacant lot into a fruit and vegetable producing garden. The goals of this project include teaching a diverse group of residents how to garden, introducing a source of fresh food into a food desert, improving community relationships, and increasing the quality of the environment.