Celebrating Neighborhood Heritage
The Celebrating Neighborhood Heritage initiative relates to MAP Initiative 3: Strengthening Pride and Image, by placing importance on local pride and neighborhood history. This initiative also relates to MAP Initiative 4: Creating Attractive and Desirable Places, and Action 7: Improve the Appearance of City Gateways. TPA can benefit from this initiative by helping residents understand and take pride in the history of their neighborhood.
Residents at the TPA Neighborhood Association meeting on February 3rd, 2016, proposed this initiative through a brainstorming session on the neighborhood’s strengths and weaknesses. They felt that the neighborhood lacked an identity. Contributing factors include the historic sites located throughout the community.
The initiative is important to the neighborhood because TPA has a rich history and a unique culture, and celebrating it will help create pride for the neighborhood.
A Neighborhood Heritage Biking and Walking Routes map (Figure 3) was created by identifying various heritage sites within TPA and creating a route between them all. These sites could be celebrated through individual historical markers. For example, the GM Plant celebrates TPA’s industrial heritage and would help remember the site’s history after future development. The former Muncie Brewing Company building, located on the northwest corner of Hoyt Avenue and Willard Street, is a unique piece of neighborhood history that could be part of the current craft beer movement in Muncie. Three former schools, Harrison, Lincoln, and Wilson, could be recognized for their contribution to community education. The former Winton Driving Park, a former horse and automobile racing track, is also a unique feature to the City of Muncie and TPA. The two neighborhood parks—Rose Park and Thomas Park—are significant to the neighborhood’s history.
Street signs and wayfinding are other opportunities that can be used to incorporate historic character into other neighborhood signage. A concept can be found in Figure 2. The markers’ final design could influence the designs of other signs in the community. This works in conjunction with other initiatives in this plan, “Gateways and Wayfinding” and “Signage.”
Citizens within the neighborhood can be tasked with printing and distributing maps, and leading bike or walking tours. Neighbors can also work with the city’s historic preservation officer to implement the historic markers. They might need to work in conjunction with the city’s street department if it cannot easily be placed on the particular site.
The Celebrating Neighborhood Heritage Map (seen in Figure 3) refers to various heritage sites within TPA that are important to the history and culture of the neighborhood and should be celebrated. In addition, a walking and biking route is outlined, connecting the various sites.
Case Study One: Old West End Historic Signs
Old West End, located directly north of TPA, is one of Muncie’s historic neighborhoods. Figure 4 shows one of the neighborhood’s markers, which are strategically placed at entrances and throughout the neighborhood. They incorporated these into their neighborhood branding, using one of the most notable historic home’s outline as the backdrop of their signage¹.
Case Study Two: Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association
The neighborhood association² of Carpenter-Ridgeway in Madison, Wisconsin, created a pamphlet³ outlining the neighborhood’s boundaries, amenities, and destinations (seen in Figures 5 and 6). Then, bike routes were proposed to connect them all. The goal of the pamphlet is to promote healthy living, road safety, the history of the neighborhood and neighborhood association, and to highlight assets within the community.
The pamphlet was created by the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association in 2007 using a neighborhood planning grant awarded by the city.
Ball Brothers Foundation
222 S. Mulberry St.
Muncie, Indiana 47305-2802
Phone: (765) 741-5500
Fax: (765) 741-5518
Contact: Donna Munchel, Grant Process Manager
The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County
P.O. Box 807
Muncie, IN 47308
Phone: (765) 747-7181
Fax: (765) 289-7770
Contact: Cheryl Decker, Executive Assistant
Muncie Preservation & Rehabilitation Commission
300 N. High St. City Hall
Muncie, IN 47305-1639
Phone: (765) 702-9043
Contact: Brad King, Historic Preservation Officer
1: “Old West End Neighborhood Association,” Facebook.com, Accessed 19 April 2016,
2: City of Madison, “Welcome to the Carpenter-Ridge Neighborhood Association,” CityofMadison.com, Accessed 19 April 2016,
3: City of Madison, “Welcome to the Carpenter-Ridge Neighborhood Association,” PublicHealthMDC.com, Accessed 19 April 2016,