Articles by Gary Reiter

About Gary Reiter

Gary Reiter serves on local nonprofit boards (including Riley Area Development Corporation) in the Indianapolis area with a focus on equity in community development, transit and the arts. Gary is a Banker with BMO Harris Bank.

Indianapolis Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Arts & Culture

As historian Mark I. Gelfand has noted: “No federal venture spent more funds in urban areas and returned fewer dividends to central cities than the national highway program.” A micro example of the devastating effect of the highway system developed through the core of Indianapolis is Cruft Street, with a dead end abutting I-65 near the I-65/I-70 split (completed in 1976) in the Garfield Park area of Indianapolis. Forty-two percent of houses in the area have incomes below $25,000, and 13.5 percent live on less than $10,000 a year. The low income demographic of the area results in 22 percent of adults over age 25 having no high school diploma and 81 percent with no college degree.

An examination of the Cruft Street neighborhood has spurred many nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis to question how the public sector can support the role of arts and culture in revitalizing the Cruft Street neighborhood.

Indianapolis Car-sharing Gets Results Out of the BlueIndy

In September of 2015, the Bolloré Group, among the world’s 500 largest companies, launched BlueIndy, a revolutionary 100% electric self-service car sharing service in Indianapolis. After complete implementation, 200 Stations with 500 available cars will be located...

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