Welcome to the Haughville neighborhood.
A portion of the neighborhood, roughly bounded by 10th St., Belleview Pl., Walnut St. and Concord St., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area was first settled in the 1830s, when it became home to a number of merchants, whose small shops sprouted up near the west landing of the then brand-new Washington Street Bridge. By the 1880s, encouraged by the bridge and proximity to a number of new railroad lines, the town became home to a number of Irish, German, and later Slovene immigrants, many of whom worked in the neighborhood’s two iron foundries or meat-packing plants. The area was incorporated in 1883 and annexed by Indianapolis in 1897. By 1900, almost half of the neighborhood’s inhabitants were Slovene, many of whom attended St. Anthony’s Catholic church, which eventually became home to a school, a number of local organizations and a Slovene community center. Indeed, the neighborhood’s Slovene past is one of the reasons that Indianapolis has a sister-city relationship with Piran, Slovenia.
The purpose of Haughville Community Council is to improve the neighborhood by promoting cooperative efforts among residents, business, schools, synagogues and other existing groups in the community. Our boundaries consist of 16th street to Michigan Street from White River Parkway to Tibbs Avenue.
This organization shall seek to improve communication among residents through newsletters, email and Town Hall Meetings. We encourage citizens to become engaged within their neighborhood with the hope of developing a sense of community responsibility, while promoting the idea of genuine democratic living and preserving the physical attractiveness of the neighborhood with government agencies.
One of Haughville Community Council’s accomplishments for 2010 was the development of the Youth Workforce. Youth worked from 7 am – 11:30 am cleaning sidewalks, curbs, Haughville parks and sewer fronts. They also learned about public safety issues such as how to report light outages, high weeds, over grown trees, and broken sidewalks. The training taught them to recognize when there’s a lack of light on the block as well as other needs to report. Each youth was paid a stipend for their community service and effort.
Haughville Community Council collaborated with the Westside Community Development Corporation in seeking Haughville homeowners that were in need of home maintenance for the Rebuild Indy Project. With out combined effort we were able to service a minimum of 25 homes and currently have a full list for more maintenance needs.
Engage in your neighborhood in 2011.
The Haughville Neighborhood Association meetings will be held the 2nd Monday of every month. Please put this date on your calendar and come to hear updates in and around your community, get answers to your issues, and help create a better neighborhood.