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'Pre-Enactment' thinks outside the box to revitalize an Indianapolis community

Posted at 11:19 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 23:21:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A local group is thinking outside the box to revitalize their community.

'Pre-Enactment' has an ongoing project to help create an economically vibrant neighborhood along three blocks of the 16th Street between the Monon Trail to Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue in Downtown Indianapolis.

The group says right now they're worried about some vacant lots and empty buildings along those portions of 16th Street.

So, on the first Saturday in October Pre-Enactment will use every vacant lot and abandoned building as part of a stage set for an event called 'Pre-Enact Indy.'

Set designers will build temporary facades; actors will perform an equitable way of living and model a neighborhood that is revitalized.

This is the third year for Pre-Enact Indy.

"Well, it's really impressive when people come and see what we've done with this three-block stretch of 16th Street," David Orr, with Pre-Enactment, said. "When we've created these facades, and we've activated these businesses, the way that this neighborhood would be once it is fully developed. And, we've already seen progress from the first two years. Some of the buildings have already been taken over with new businesses and been rented with new tenants. So the redevelopment is already happening."

Pre-Enact Indy 2019 is happening October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 16th Street from the Monon Trail to Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue.

You can watch the performance and see this group's vision for the future of 16th Street.