4C: Indiana Avenue Cultural District
Indiana Avenue once served as the center of a vibrant and self sustaining Black community that offered robust economic opportunity, solid educational offerings, accessible housing, and a national jazz scene. All these aspects of the thriving Black community were systematically dismantled, but its memory and story lives on, as does the dream of its resurgence. Coordinated efforts must be supported that bring this cultural icon back in a genuine way that honors the past, not as simply history, but by reestablishing the promise it once offered. Support includes the uncovering and telling of history, packaging experiences, connecting initiatives, offering development support, and advocating for new development that contributes to its cultural and economic renaissance. While a vibrant Avenue will certainly attract tourists, it will do so because of its authenticity and its story of inclusive resurgence. Tourism must be careful to support, not usurp, the potential of this renewed, community led co-creation of a 21st century Avenue.