Gazette proof-8-17-10

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Gazette proof-8-17-10

  1. 1. ReBloom UpTown at 549th and Collegeby Leif Hinterberger Leslie Baker, featured at a recent First Friday event at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful(KIB), is a local artist and a Herron professor, who at the request of KIB reused part ofthe RCA Dome/Hoosier Dome roof to create an adaptive reuse art installation. She choseto bring attention to the imperative need to reuse the under utilized blighted block and the need to ReBloom UpTown. When she proposed the flower con- cept, we thought that the flowers made from the reclaimed material fit well with several local facts: sports play an important role in contributing to our city, the imperative need to prevent core community decline, and how Re- Bloom UpTown by design meets the regional 20/20, & Insight Vision Plans by creating the comprehensive com- munity benefits. Via the adaptive reuse art installation, Leslie Baker wanted to bring more at- tention to the ReBloom UpTown co- alition, CAN DO!, MKNA, Harmoni, Linking Families, & Carreau all work- ing together to leverage the needed reinvestments back into the center of each of there prospective boundaries. Through her art medium, she wanted to bring more attention to the need for the city leadership to assist the recla- mation of this critical location within our community, corridor & City. photo by Susan Machledt photo by Susan Machledt

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