The Kennedy-King area was carved out of the Near North area approximately 8 to 10 years ago. It was given its illustrious name partly because the area contains the Kennedy-King park and statue of the same name and also because of the significance of that area which is dedicated to the close relationship between the two leaders who both fell to an assassin’s bullet in 1968.
The night that Martin Luther King died, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis campaigning and was asked to address the crowd who had not yet heard the news of King’s death. At that very spot, where the park now is, Kennedy was able to relay the news and is credited for his ability to calm the crowd. His words of shared loss and hope for a better future transcended the ages and is now the inspiration for the Kennedy-King neighborhood.
For many years, the Near North area experienced the exodus from its neighborhood to the suburbs which left vacant buildings and run down properties in its wake. Forward thinking developers and city planners decided to create venture programs to redevelop the old neighborhood with the Heron Morton area just west of Kennedy King most likely the very first successful of these projects.
Spatially, the Kennedy-King area is not large. The north-south boundaries are 16th Street to the south and 22nd Street to the north, with N Central holding the west boundary and the Monon Trail to the east. There is a great mix of modern homes and condominiums along with rejuvenated older homes. Empty plots of land still dot the landscape but not for long as more people move into this ideal situation so close to the downtown, the Monon, and the development along 16th St.
There are neighborhood, distilleries, brewhouses, foodie attractive restaurants and coffee shops.
Feature image courtesy of KennedyKingIndy.org.