Home (Bitter)Sweet Home
with Joyce Moore, Co-Founder at Urban Patch
Posted Jul 19, 2017
Expires Mar 31, 2019
"Home Sweet Home" is the old adage, but the sweetness can turn sour as homes age and neighborhoods transform. Co-Founder at Urban Patch, Joyce Moore, and her family, are striving to revitalize those parts of Indy's inner cities, that have been touched by Father Time; through methods other than gentrification. Gentrification is a real threat to many and is not hard to spot within the ever expanding region of central Indiana. Moore highlights the issue in Indianapolis and Urban Patch's current efforts. The Moores started Urban Patch by purchasing an abandoned house with a credit card. Since then, they have fixed up the home and dozens of other homes and buildings. As reported in the Indianapolis Monthly publication, "...since they reinvest profits and don't take salaries, the Moores are flexible to reimagine vacant spaces, which in 2012 won the group a Heroes in Our Backyards award from a national civic crowdfunder.".
Interview recorded on July 12, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.
Read a partial transcript of the interview below:
Bennett: So that same article, NUVO, says yes...some Indianapolis neighborhoods are gentrifying, do you agree with that
Moore: Yes, in the old tradition of the definition, it is. I think that what needs to happen is to redefine how gentrification occurs.
Bennett: What would be that definition, do you think
Moore: Most people consider gentrification to be when people come in with higher incomes and develop a neighborhood where property values had gone down. They then move in and those that once lived there can no longer afford to live there anymore.
Bennett: What are the downsides to this
Moore: The downside is that it doesn't include everyone. Services leave and you get a disenfranchised area. There needs to be a way to keep property values stable. Usually people of low income or people of color are not given the opportunity to invest in their homes becasue they cannot get loans, etc.
Bennett: So how does Urban Patch operate then
Moore: The way we do it is to follow what happened back in the 40's and 50's with the Flanner House. They created these little, humble homes and vested in the neighborhoods they built in; that combined all levels of income. They provided up keep for the homes they built. We're modeling that. In Mapleton-Fall Creek we are buying homes that have been foreclosed or abandoned and rehabing them so that there will be affordable housing in the areas that are gentrifying; so that there will be multi-level incomes in the neighborhood.
Moore: We've been in our neighborhood for 40 years and it is gentrifying and I hear the "newbies" come in and talk about their improvements like alley clean-ups. Well, we've always had alley clean-ups but it wasn't perceived because no one was paying attention. Nothing has changed in the neighborhood except the influx of people with higher incomes.
What Indianapolis Needs to Better Fight Food Insecurity
Indianapolis has been ranked the worst city in the nation for access to fresh food. The Patachou Foundation is aware of that fact and is "working hard to change this by providing real food and hands-on education to kids living in these areas." Offering a hands-on approach to fight food insecurity. The foundation send out educated representatives into the community; into school cafeterias and into classrooms. The kids are exposed to nutritional demonstrations and given a wholesome meal, similar to what you eat at the cafe or other Patachou-owned restaurants, like Napolese. Click here for more on The Patachou Foundation
Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: We've highlighted some organizations that are fighting against hunger, is it making a difference so far
Feltrop: Absolutely. Those statistics show that, across the nation, food insecurity and access to food is on the minds of policy makers.
Bennett: What is the issue in Indiana
Feltrop: Well specifically in Central Indiana you have a combination of issues. The reality is that hunger includes access to food. Indianapolis has a huge problem with the layout of the neighborhoods and just the economics of running grocery retail makes it difficult to place, locally, accessible, fresh food options in neighborhoods.
Bennett: Does it also mean healthy food
Feltrop: Fresh options are more healthy. Statistics do show that when there is a close proximity to a grocery store, the health outcomes of the community members tend to get better.
Bennett: What would you like to see as far as making this problem go away What would be the ideal
Feltrop: The reason why we are still grappling with this is that there are so many facets to the issue. It's an economic issue; poverty has continued to worsen. The polarizing economy really makes it difficult for families to get out of the cycle of poverty. When you include the health piece high food insecurity lead to negative health outcomes among youth. Indianapolis is ranked poorly when it comes to health in youth. Issues like diabetes and obesity are linked to food insecurity. Then there is a social piece about access to food; it's a neighborhood problem. Policy makers need to get fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods based on their individual needs.
Bennett: A lot of components.
Feltrop: What we do at The Patachou Foundation is specifically address childhood hunger and their access to fresh foods. We work with local schools and deliver healthy meals to students facing food insecurity and poverty.