By Matt Bloom
The beautiful two-bedroom house Amber Bloom and I lived in for nine years is for sale. Follow the link below, but first let me tell you about the neighborhood.
Established about 10 years ago, the South Central community garden’s credo is “work together, eat together.” Participate in the work and you participate in the harvest.
A wonderful picture of community and beauty.
10 years ago it was Sally’s, then it was JoJo’s, it’s been Val’s for the last couple years and it will be called something else in the future. Whatever you call it, this ice cream shop on Walnut was a frequent destination on walks when we lived at 1625 S. Jefferson. Mmmmm.
Things I love about South Central Muncie #3: the urban orchard.
10 years ago there was a dilapidated brown house on the southeast corner of 9th and Jefferson. Nicknamed the “cat brothel” (for obvious reasons), the interior was covered with mold and animal poop. After it was torn down a few years later, everybody’s favorite neighborhood horticulturalist Josh Arthur decided to plant these apple trees on the lot and the one adjacent to the south. Because of his hard work and loving care, they are now fruiting, adding beauty and another natural food source to the neighborhood.
One block north, two blocks east, a short walk around the old Garfield school building and you’re among the huge, beautiful trees, the cabins and the playground of Heekin Park. Our family spent a LOT of time here when we lived in South Central, and now that we have a dog we go back time to time to enjoy the new dog park. Heekin rocks!
In case you’re not in the mood for a five-minute walk to Heekin, if you can make it about 50 feet north you’re at the South Central pocket park. Unfortunately, we moved out of the neighborhood before we could enjoy this urban oasis, accessible from Jefferson or Mulberry. It was built just last year by the 8 Twelve Coalition. The pocket park is yet another innovative use of lot space beautifying the neighborhood.
Things I love about South Central Muncie #6: Urban Light Community Church.
Founded in 2006, Urban Light has always pursued its mission of seeing reconciliation between God and man, and between one another. That meant intentionally breaking down barriers like north/south, rich/poor and black/white. Today, blessed to meet in the old Madison St. Methodist building, Urban Light is a beacon of God’s love and a hint of what Heaven will look like: people of all ages, backgrounds and color finding hope and belonging in Jesus Christ together. South Central is made all the brighter by the light this beacon shines on it.
Here is the last. Things I love about South Central Muncie #7: the people!
For Amber Bloom and me, the most wonderful part of living in South Central for 10 years was – and still is – the people who live there. The residents
pictured below are all people who don’t just think the neighborhood is “nice.” They love this place. They have invested their time and hearts in making it a better place. I invite you to prayerfully consider whether you are being called to do the same. What am I talking about? Mostly just the little things.
The ideal buyer of this home is someone with a heart for living in community; someone who likes saying hi to neighbors from the porch; someone who likes to see friends on walks. Maybe someone who chips in on neighborhood cleanups every now and again.
In short, someone who recognizes that “home” is something bigger than the four walls of a bungalow.
Is that you?
House listing info here: http://imuncie.com/listings/1625-s-jefferson-st/