'Extreme' Neighborhood Gets High-Tech Hookup
Free Computers, Wireless Access Planned
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The Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, home to ABC's latest "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" build, got more good news Friday as the home neared completion.The neighborhood on Indianapolis' east side will get free wireless Internet access, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.The latest announcement is part of a series of improvements coming to Martindale-Brightwood, an historic Indianapolis neighborhood that has declined over the years, but is home to many hardworking families.Through a partnership with ERS Data Solutions and Motorola, 26 wireless radios are being installed in the area to provide free Web access for 450 homes and businesses."What we're doing is building a wireless mesh canopy over the area between 25th Street and I-70, Keystone (Avenue) and Sherman (Drive)," said Paul Estridge, of the Estridge Companies.Having access doesn't mean much without a computer. So, Dell and Intel are donating 100 laptops for students, such as Tatiana Davis, who hopes to be a lawyer someday."I think it's great. I really do," she said. "It's going to change lives."Organizers would eventually like to provide computers to all students who live in the neighborhood."It's a powerful, powerful tool that empowers our children," said Dorothy Crenshaw, of Indianapolis Public Schools."Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" means much more to the community than just a single home, as illustrated by the series of community improvement announcements this week in conjunction with the build.A project to demolish and rebuild one family's home has morphed into a much larger, more inclusive community project meant to leave a long-lasting impression that will touch many more lives for years to come.