After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in urban planning and development in May of 2012, I knew that I wanted to relocate from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. When I discovered The Grid and Global Site Plans, I was in the middle of completing a position as an Americorps VISTA here in Indy. My VISTA position was not directly related to urban planning and I was looking for something to do in my free time that related back to the work I did in college.
Many exciting things were beginning to happen in the spring and summer of 2013 in Indianapolis, and I was regularly attending events and reading news articles about the upcoming changes. The Grid provided me with the perfect place to share these happenings and to understand them better by writing about them.
I only had two months left as a VISTA when I accepted a position with The Grid and was beginning to search for permanent employment in Indianapolis, focusing on development and planning-related positions. Many of my interviews revolved around the subject of The Grid and what I was writing about, and it gave me a creative edge that many other applicants did not have. I’d like to believe that it’s one of the reasons I was hired on full time in September as Program Coordinator for Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., a small non-profit that works with seventeen different neighborhoods just north of downtown Indy.
My time at The Grid has been both rewarding and challenging. Writing bi-monthly articles about my new hometown required me to stay up to date on what was happening in Indy, and I quickly learned about the recent projects, and more importantly, the public figures here in Indy. I learned about blogging and writing online articles, which was a writing style that I had never explored before.
I'm so pleased to have shared the wonderful and progressive things that are happening in Indianapolis with the readers of The Grid. I enjoyed writing about some exciting changes that are coming to Indianapolis in 2014, like the five year downtown plan entitled ‘Velocity’ and a bike-share program. It was also fun to showcase some of downtown’s greatest assets like the Cultural Trail and the Indianapolis Original Farmers Market. I hope that you learned something about the direction that Indianapolis is heading and continue to read more about its progress!
A big thank you to my editors, Meg Ryan and Debra Hawryzki.
Credits: Photos by Laura Granieri. Data linked to sources.