Welcome to the Neighborhood!


The Near Westside is an area just west of downtown Indianapolis that is rich with culture and history. Its many community assets lay the foundation for a quality-of-life plan that shows why the Near Westside is the up-and-coming place to live, work, and be in the city.

The Near Westside is home to a wealth of assets, including 19 parks and recreational areas, 41 churches of various denominations, 14 licensed child-care programs, six public schools and a private Catholic high school, two community centers, the Westside Health Center, a senior apartment complex, the Center for Working Families, several banks, a new library branch, the West District Police Department, the Westside Community Development Corporation, Goodwill Industries, many newly established restaurants and businesses, and a wide offering of social service programs. In addition, the Near Westside is surrounded by major state and national attractions, such as the White River State Park with its museums and the Indianapolis Zoo along its eastern edge. To the west are the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis International Airport. IUPUI, a major urban university with its nationally recognized medical complex, has multiple campus locations throughout the area.

Are you interested in supporting the efforts of the Near West area? For more information go to the Support Near West page.

Latest News
Healthy Living Classes at Haughville Library

Healthy Living Classes at Haughville Library

The Healthy Living class series is to inform, encourage and empower residents in the Near West community by providing free classes on subjects such as nutrition, exercise and psychological health.  This is a project developed by IUPUI’s Center for Service and Learning scholars. Our first subject will be crock pot cooking.  The Haughville Library has [Read More]

Is Indy Next Event at IUPUI

Is Indy Next Event at IUPUI

Seven Steeples Farm Needs Volunteers! Feb 2015 - Nov 2015

Seven Steeples Farm Needs Volunteers! Feb 2015 – Nov 2015

Seven Steeples Farm is located on the old Central State Hospital Grounds and provides the Near West community with fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs. Volunteers are necessary to keep the farm in action. Volunteers can participate in any number of activities during various phases of the farming process. Individuals, as well as groups, are invited [Read More]

People-Centered Service Design | Near West Pilot Garden Project

IUPUI Community Learning Network Survey (CLN)

“In efforts in addressing our Near Westside Community Life Plan concerning education, training and workforce development, IUPUI Division of Continuing Studies-Community Learning Network (CLN), is surveying community members and organizations to learn the educational and training needs of the community”.   The data obtained will be used by CLN to understand and plan for the [Read More]

We Need Volunteers

  We need Volunteers!   In its current state, the Near Westside has successfully graduated from the GINI initiative and has formed the Near West Collaborative, which consist of four culturally, economically, and diverse neighborhoods (Hawthorne, We Care, Haughville, and Stringtown).  Now known as a Sustainable Community through LISC; Near West Collaborative works as a conduit [Read More]

Create a Mural

Creating a Mural in your area!   Do you have an abandon home around your house that has been boarded for more than 5 years? Do you have a garage or house that has graffiti all over it?   Would you like to do something about it? WE CAN HELP! Near West Collaborative was rewarded [Read More]

Near West Youth Garden

Near West Youth Garden

  Community Garden & Fair  Join the Haughville, Hawthorne, We Care, and Stringtown neighborhoods for a great opportunity to plant a youth community garden and learn about healthy and sustainable living. FREE HEALTH FAIR AND CARNIVAL On May 11th  the community will come together to plant a garden at Friendship West Side Center for Excellence in [Read More]

Spanish Classes in the Near West

Spanish Classes in the Near West


Bicycle Round Up Canceled

Bicycle Roundup Rescheduled! The New Date will be for MAY 19th.  We will be giving away 2 new Bicycles and 75 Helmets! we hope to see you there.