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Travels in (Mostly) Northeastern Indiana

Posted on October 21st, by Katie Bannon in Downtowns, Economic Development, Transportation, Urban Design. No Comments

By Katie Bannon, AICP, APA-IN Communications Committee Chair

Most of us know how valuable traveling can be for improving our practice of urban planning. However, I think we too often think only of traveling to faraway locales and undervalue traveling closer to home.

At this time last year, I was traveling throughout northern Indiana as a Real Estate Production Analyst for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to conduct site visits of proposed sites for Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)/Rental Housing Tax Credit (RHTC) projects. This year, I’m closer to home, working for the City of Indianapolis, but I wanted to share some photos that showcase some of the many things that can make a community special. My photos are mainly of northeastern Indiana because that was my designated area of the state at IHCDA and because our Spring 2015 APA-IN conference took me to Mishawaka Riverwalk and downtown South Bend. I hope these photos inspire you in your everyday work. What are the unique things that make your community great? How do we, as planners, enhance those things and add to them?

Due to our blog’s format, I had to insert my text at the top and photos below. The bullet points refer to photos below.

  • The Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee area has a tour dedicated to viewing quilt gardens. Flowers are planted in patterns and shapes to mimic quilts.
  • Goshen, Indiana has a vibrant downtown with a coffee shop, hardware store, theater, pretzel shop, men’s clothing store, jeweler, professional offices, restaurants, and more. Goshen does a great job telling its story through a website, the Good of Goshen.
  • The Hawks, built in Goshen in 1870 as a furniture factory, sits along the Millrace canal and trail. In 2015, La Casa, a local non-profit housing organization, redeveloped The Hawks into affordable rental housing using LIHTC.
  • Did you know that Elkhart was once home to 60 instrument manufacturers? This former Selmer instrument factory in Elkhart is now being redeveloped into affordable senior apartments with LIHTC. This interesting photo tour shows what the factory looked like when it was in operation in the 1950s.
  • Wabash, a 2014 Stellar Communities Designee, has a beautiful downtown with several alleys improved with lighting and seating.

Hope you get an opportunity to enjoy some of the beauty of Indiana’s communities this fall. Happy travels!


East Race Waterway Urban Whitewater Course in South Bend


Central Park in Mishawaka


Downtown Wabash Streetscape


Downtown Wabash Alley Treatment


Downtown Wabash Alley Treatment


Inside Electric Brew in Downtown Goshen


Quilt Garden Photo from Visit Indiana


Bridge at Beutter Park in Mishawaka


Wabash Bike Rack


APA-IN Spring 2015 Conference Mobile Workshop


Former Selmer Factory


Downtown Goshen


Quilt Garden Photo from Visit Indiana


Goshen Businesses Facing an Alley Downtown

Goshen Businesses Facing an Alley Downtown

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