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.
Police arrest man caught in fire truck video
Police have arrested a man accused of rifling through a Wayne Township fire truck, looking for items to steal.
Fortville officer's gun, badge stolen
Someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a Fortville police officer early Tuesday morning, stealing the officer's personal handgun and…
Ambulance stolen, abandoned on east side
An ambulance was stolen from Community East Hospital then abandoned Tuesday morning, dispatchers said.
Teenager killed in southern Indiana ATV crash
Authorities say a 16-year-old girl died in southern Indiana when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving flipped over.
3 injured in early morning house fire
A man and two teenage boys were injured in an early morning house fire on the city's north side Tuesday.
Animal sanctuary to add habitat for ex-pet birds
An exotic animal sanctuary in northeastern Indiana is building a new habitat for macaws, Amazon parrots, cockatoos and other former pet birds…