Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life
Dec11

Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life

At first I wasn’t sure what to say about downtown living that you wouldn’t already know. After all, unlike some parts of the city, you probably drive through my ‘hood on a daily or weekly basis. And yes, living in the heart of the city has its perks. Lots of them. But like any neighborhood, life as an urban dweller also comes with unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – realities. After more than four years of calling the 46802 home, I think I’ve gotten a taste of it all – good, bad, awesome and otherwise. In some cases, the biggest benefits also come with unexpected bummers. If you’re considering moving to the middle of it all, here’s what I love (and don’t) about downtown living. 1. You can walk or bike to your favorite watering holes. (And to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga classes, juice bars, a movie theater and everywhere else.) Feeling like a late nightcap? Walk a few minutes to your favorite pub. Want to catch the latest indie film? Cinema Center is right around the corner. Out of coffee? Run down the way for a double latté. As for dinner, the options are endless. When you don’t feel like cooking, you can grab carryout and sip an apéritif while you wait. If you live downtown, you’ll be on a first-name basis with your favorite bartenders and bar rail “regulars.” And if you end up a wee bit over served, no worries. You’ll have to pay the tab, but you won’t have to pay for an Uber (or a lawyer). 2. You’ll never need to search or pay for parking. There’s long list of events that beckon people downtown. Baseball games. Wedding receptions. Concerts. Comedy shows. Races. Festivals. As the poor suburbanites feed the meter and circle the block 12 times to find a spot, you will be blissfully strolling by on the sidewalk. Even on foot, you’re almost guaranteed to get there faster – and you’ll get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. 3. You can get (almost) anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Since I moved downtown, I’ve worked in five different Allen County zip codes. But no matter what, I’ve always been able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Sure, the 6 p.m. rush hour sometimes slows down the commute home. But in my mind, creeping down a city street is better than braving the suburban insanity of I-69. 4. You’re likely to be perennially renting. But you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-maintenance living. Downtown real estate options are growing, but so are the price tags. You’ll see an occasional “For Sale” sign, but...

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Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI
Oct09

Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI

Hi. Can I just say something? I love Fort Wayne (this is my favorite picture I’ve ever taken).   If you know me, you already knew that. In fact, if you know only ONE THING about me, it’s probably that. Since I moved here in 2011, it’s continued to grow on me. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about our city is that I’ve seen and experienced a sense of community that I hadn’t experienced in my hometown. This may be due to what I call the “hometown epidemic,” you know, the whole “I can’t wait to get out of this town” that most adolescents experience. But my “hometown epidemic” blinders are off, and I’m here to stay in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is rich in so many different communities. But we’re here to talk about my favorite: arts and culture. This month, Arts United launched a new crowdfunding platform called Amplify Art! So, what exactly is a crowdfunding platform, and why did Arts United create it? Well… Crowdfunding is a new approach to raising money – and it’s directed at all of us Internet users that care about the place we live. Instead of chasing those hundreds of thousands of dollars from big corporations or foundations, someone one day stopped and said, “Hey… We have this tool that lets us reach millions of people in a matter of seconds. Why don’t we not only use this tool to raise money, but let those people who have an investment in what we do have a voice?” And thus, crowdfunding was born. Arts United created Amplify Art! as a way to help our local arts and culture organizations ramp up the amount of projects that are done in our community and to get the people of the community involved, giving you the opportunity to help make projects that otherwise might not happen HAPPEN! Here’s how projects were chosen and what the process is for this crowdfunding campaign: 1. Arts United invited arts and culture organizations in Fort Wayne to submit project proposals for their Amplify Art! program. 2. A group of super cool talented people got together and reviewed all of the applications and chose four for this Fall campaign cycle. The four projects chosen were automatically given a grant of $1,000 toward their project. 3. Arts United built the online platform on their website where you can actually go online and donate. 4. The four projects were announced to the community at the final Living Fort Wayne Film Series on September 26. The organizations whose projects were chosen are channeling social media to spread the word about their projects –...

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