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Letter from Publisher


Central Indiana comes to big-hearted life in summer with cool outdoor activities and events that encourage us to get out and about to enjoy all our community has to offer. With summer concerts under the stars and 30 farmers’ markets throughout the week, we can revel everyday in healthy, family-friendly pursuits.

Jenn Willhite uncovers top recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities around town in our local feature, “Indy Parks, Trails & Museums… Oh My!” Yes, the good ‘ole summertime has arrived in Indiana, and it’s fun to look forward to all it has to offer, and the longer sunlit days in which to enjoy it.

I’m from the Midwest, born and raised in Michigan before moving to Indianapolis in my 20s. I love experiencing the four seasons (sometimes all in one day), all kinds of sports, backyard picnics, yards for kids to play in and the strong sense of community here. The people are real, friendships can last a lifetime and neighbors tend to know and help one another.

I appreciate living in a city like ours, which offers an abundance of quality activities and amenities, yet maintains comfortable, small-town sensibilities. Metro Indy’s quality of life encompasses recreational and green space, affordable housing, a low cost of living and a vibrant farm-to-table movement. That’s just for starters.

Indiana’s capital city has received national recognition for the Indy 500, the renowned Children’s Museum and the world’s first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) airport campus. Downtown is ranked in the U.S. top three best downtowns according to It’s a destination location for large conventions and new residents looking for convenient, walkable access to great restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks.

John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist’s June feature article explores the factors that contribute to quality of life in “Livable Communities We Love: Good for People and the Planet.” Livability reflects the sum of all positive factors that add up to wonderful, including built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, cultural venues, entertainment and recreation.

We’re also excited that suburban Carmel, Indiana, is highlighted in the article as an example of America’s most livable cities. It receives special mention for its vibrant central core, miles of trails and pathways, installation of roundabouts to replace stoplights and reduce traffic congestion, and fostering overall a balanced work-liveplay concept.

Indianapolis is no longer the “nap-town” of years past, and all of us are benefitting from the resurgence, growth and vibrancy of a metropolis with forward momentum. I’m grateful to live in a welcoming community that offers opportunities to explore and expand healthy lifestyle options, pursue personal interests and fulfilling work, and enjoy strong connections with family and friends. It’s all a tremendously supportive in achieving a balanced life.

Wishing you summertime pleasures,

Teona Signature

Teona Wright, Publisher

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