Indy’s east side works to improve community

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Another effort to fight the growing crime problem in Indianapolis was held on Thursday night and this time, it’s on the east side.

Community members met at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on E. 42nd Street Thursday night. Of serious concern for the community is urban blight and unemployment in the area. Residents said they are also worried about finding ways to support small businesses in the area.

Mt. Carmel Pastor Theron Williams said finding things to do for children to help cut down on crime is crucial.

“And I don’t think it’s because our children are bad or anything like that. It’s just misdirected energies. Because there are no recreational opportunities out here,” said Pastor Williams.

The meeting was the start of a community conversation. Members of the city county council and representatives from Senator Donnelly, Congressman Carson and the Indianapolis Mayor’s office were all at the meeting. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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