Great Places 2020: 38th & Illinois


At the midpoint between downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple lies a connected area centered at the intersection of 38th and Illinois Streets. This area is one in the middle of it all. A midtown with midcentury modern style emerging from a midlife crisis, halfway between a conflicted past and an optimistic future. This is an ambitious area overcoming boundaries that extend beyond the once maple-lined roads, to be an inspiring place much greater than ever before.


Great Places 2020 is a collaborative initiative that seeks to transform strategic places in Marion County into dynamic urban villages bettering both the economy and quality of life. Maple Crossing was selected as a Great Place for its potential, its unique assets, and its location within a number of active neighborhoods. Capitalizing on these qualities will allow Maple Crossing to become a hub of connectivity and community.




Interested in the evolution of the Great Places 2020 plan since its inception in 2014? Check out the draft plan.

In the fall of 2014, the intersection of 38th and Illinois was chosen as one of the three first 'Great Places' in Indy.


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Great Places 2020 is a collaborative, visionary community development initiative that will transform six neighborhoods in Marion County into dynamic centers of culture, commerce, and community by the year 2020. In Midtown, the intersection of 38th Street and Illinois Street was chosen as one of the first three 'Great Places'. Over 20 neighborhood groups, organizations, and anchor institutions have come together and in the next six years, the quarter mile radius surrounding this site will be redeveloped into a multi-neighborhood destination. In addition to Great Places 2020, three projects have already begun at this intersection, including: Phase I of Tarkington Park redevelopments, North United Church's proposed mixed-use development, and Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation's façade improvements with businesses in the 3800 block of Illinois.


View Information and Meeting Recaps from our Great Places Initiative.




                                        Great Places 2020 Video                                              Great Places 2020 Co-Investment Video


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 Midtown Future Plan         Tarkington Park Master Plan         Mid-North Commercial Node Study          Mid-North Quality of Life Plan



38th Street Corridor Study            North Midtown Econ. Dev. Plan       Ball State 38th Street Corridor Charrette