In the late 1860s, Indianapolis experienced a post-war boom, and the Virginia Avenue corridor emerged as the South side’s commercial center. As expansion continued, the railway company laid tracks down Virginia Avenue and located a turnaround at the intersection of Virginia, Shelby and Prospect Streets. The neighborhood, known then as “the end” by local residents, grew into what is today Fountain Square.
Growth was steady for this commercial district until the 1950s, when new developments spread further south of the city. Then in the 1970s, after the interstate system cut the community off from downtown, the area spiraled into decline.
But Fountain Square started making a comeback in the late 1990s, with reinvestment in its commercial district and residential neighborhoods. Builders like Jason Blankenship of Indy Remodeling & Restoration saw the potential and partnered with Lowe’s to rebuild this vibrant neighborhood house by house.
Today, Fountain Square is known for its sense of community, unique restaurants, art galleries, live entertainment and bringing old and new together. No longer “the end,” mighty Fountain Square is experiencing a new beginning.
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