Indianapolis to reconnect 4 neighborhoods severed by bad urban highway planning

Indianapolis, Indiana will soon have a green oasis in the unlikeliest of places: a grassy hill between two interstate highways. The brainchild of local restaurant owner (and Jimmy Buffett’s stage manager) Tom Battista, “The Idle,” as the project is called, comprises a simple, inexpensive viewing stand where neighborhood residents can relax and watch the traffic go by.

A rest stop along a bike path is nothing new, but a rest stop above two major highways? Now that’s unique. And thanks to a new crowdfunding campaign run by Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) and a local entrepreneur, that’s exactly what will be built off the Cultural Trail in Indianapolis. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and is offered through the crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $41,000 by June 16, 2017, the Idle project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by CreatINg Places, a program of IHCDA. For project details and to donate, please visit:

The funding raised during this campaign will allow SEND to create a place for people to escape, appreciate nature and gather with friends, right off the Cultural Trail. In between Interstates 65 and 70, this urban green space will be opened with a gravel path, at the end of which will be stadium seating and shade where people can sit and watch the highway traffic flow by.

The Idle is a boldly unique way to reconnect people and neighborhoods, the first of its kind! If you like the idea of seeing your contribution create a new community green-space that is accessible to all, please become a “friend of The Idle” and donate today,” said Tom Battista, Project Manager.

CreatINg Places is a collaborative effort between IHCDA and Patronicity, where local residents can use crowdfunding to achieve the creative improvements they want to see in their communities, and be backed with a matching grant from IHCDA. Communities and non-profits can apply at

The IHCDA serves as the state’s lead advocate for quality housing, community improvement, and similar efforts to help grow Indiana’s economy.

See The Idle website.

See IHCDA website & image credits.

See Idle crowdfunding campaign on Patroncity.

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