INDIANAPOLIS - A group of residents living on Indianapolis' near-east side is working to fight against the empty lots, graffiti and poverty plaguing their neighborhood.
People living in Willard Park said they don't want eyesores bringing down their property values.
Resident Doug Dirschell is finding a solution to the problem by starting in his own front yard.
"Somebody has to start. People are always asking why we put money into our neighborhood and we say why not," Dirschell said.
Sue Spicer with Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westminster Civic Alliance said that the eyesores can be looked at as potential projects.
"Instead of looking at that as a blighted issue we look at it as an opportunity to shape the destiny of our neighborhood," Spicer said.
The civic alliance is working to promote more green spaces, more green gardens flowing with fresh produce, and it's even considering a graffiti park initiative that would give taggers a place to display their work.
Some tenants still in Kings Inn despite eviction
After a Marion County judge ordered more than 300 people to vacate an east-side hotel, a handful of residents are still living on the property.
Semi loses load on I-70 WB ramp to I-65N split
A tractor-trailer lost its load early Friday on Interstate 70 west near the North Split to I-65.
State employee quits job over RFRA
A state employee quit his job Thursday in response to Gov. Mike Pence signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Woman killed, man injured in east-side shooting
A woman was killed and a man was injured in a drug-related shooting on the city’s east side Thursday evening.
Milwaukee Bucks beat Pacers 111-107
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 34 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Indiana Pacers 111-107 on Thursday night.