Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer
May04

Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer

It’s finally starting to get warm in northeast Indiana after the first “real” winter we’ve had in the past few years. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and new businesses are opening all around the area. And even though it’s only May, it’s close enough to summer to get out and enjoy the area. Grab your camera (or your darn smart phone) and take in all this region has to offer! Our Living Fort Wayne team will be right there you documenting what’s great about living, working and playing in Fort Wayne (and the surrounding area, too)! If you have great photos to share about your life in northeast Indiana this spring and summer, tag us on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #LivingFortWayne. Here’s some of what we’ll be documenting this year: Your Favorite Familiar Sites How many different ways can a community photograph the Allen County Courthouse? It seems like every year photographers from the area put their own twist on capturing one of Fort Wayne’s most beautiful buildings. I’m sure we’ll have our own spin on this community landmark again this year! New Places, Too! From new places to grab a quick lunch to fine dining establishments in the heart of the city, Fort Wayne is seeing its share of new food and drink options all around town. Neighborhood Character We love downtown, and we love our neighborhoods, too. Fort Wayne has more than 110 square miles of land. Let’s see how much of it we can see! The Area’s Many Festivals It’s great to follow along online with all of the happenings going on in our city, but it’s even better to get out with the community to experience everything our city has to offer. From old family favorites like the Three Rivers Festival and Johnny Appleseed Festival to newer features like Middle Waves Music Festival and Hobnobben Film Festival, northeast Indiana seems like it has a festival going on almost every weekend. Country Life Don’t forget to leave the city limits! As the old familiar Indiana Beach commercial says, “there’s more than corn in Indiana.” Go out and take a look for yourself! Enjoy the farmland or take in one of the area’s county and state parks and land trusts. And Our Surrounding Communities Northeast Indiana wouldn’t be northeast Indiana without all of the small-to-mid-size communities located across our region. Head out to Huntington or Garrett for a drive-in movie or visit one of the automobile museums just up the road in Auburn. There’s plenty to do in an hour’s drive right here in northeast Indiana. Stay in touch for more from Living...

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Show Us Your Neighborhood: West Central
Apr03

Show Us Your Neighborhood: West Central

I’ve lived in Fort Wayne my entire life and have moved from neighborhood to neighborhood since I was a kid. I enjoyed my childhood near Foster Park, spent most of my school years near Covington and Homestead, and ended up at Dupont for the first half of my twenties. I then migrated downtown eventually settling into my home in the West Central Neighborhood. I can truly say that West Central is home not only physically but also mentally and emotionally for me. It’s this neighborhood that represents my values, offers random acts of kindness, and gives me the greatest sense of community that I have ever experienced in Fort Wayne. My fiancé and I recently sat down to talk about our future. Do we buy a home? Do we keep renting? We made lists of pros and cons. The one thing that we both were able to decide on without doubt was that we wanted to stay in West Central. The closet space might be small and the yards may not be large, but nothing compares to what we get in return from the people that surround us block after block. During the last snow storm, a neighbor from four houses down that I had never met saw me struggling to dig my car out from a mountain of snow. He grabbed a shovel and helped me for 30 minutes until I could get my vehicle out. When we moved into the neighborhood, we were immediately invited to wine parties and outdoor cookouts. We ended up spending Thanksgiving that year with one of our neighbors that became part of our extended family. We cut each others lawns, we smile at strangers on the sidewalk, and every year, we take great pride in the annual West Central Home and Garden Tour. I love jogging through the streets of Jefferson, Washington, and Wayne during the summer and taking in the unique look of each house. The streets are lined with single family homes, new construction, apartments, triplexes, and every kind of demographic. Everyone looks out for the people around them and compared to other areas of Fort Wayne that I have lived in, I know all of my neighbors by name and we stop and talk when we see each other. Aside from that, the Embassy, Parkview Field, and a long list of restaurants are all within walking distance. If you are looking for a unique neighborhood that will give you a sense of community and embrace you immediately as part of the extended downtown family, look no further than West...

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