Excerpts from IndyStar.com | By Emily Udell |

Activity is booming along 54th Street just east of the Monon Trail in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood.

The Star article reports that, business owners and neighborhood advocates credit the area’s transformation in part to Suzy Reese and her husband, David. The Reeses slowly began filling space in their three buildings, according to the report, which straddle 54th Street east of the Monon Trail near the border of the Meridian-Kessler and Keystone Monon neighborhoods — in what is known as SoBro, or South Broad Ripple.

Some properties include:

Michael McKillip, executive director of Midtown Indianapolis, an organization that advocates for sustainable growth in the belt of the city between Fall Creek and Broad Ripple, said the 54th Street shops near the Monon Trail have benefited from a long-term trajectory of strategic development.

“(The area) feels like it has popped all of a sudden, but it has been the arrival, one after the other, of really great local businesses,” McKillip said. “It’s really happened over the course of decade — it’s been a domino effect.”

“It feels more like a Chicago,” he said. “There’s tons of places to go and you don’t need a car.”

In the article, McKillip says the the Red Line, along with other infrastructure improvements that will connect sidewalks along 54th Street and Winthrop Avenue, will further energize a strip on the “verge of a transformation to a walkable urban village.”

Read the article as originally published.

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