Sacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering Of by N. J. Demerath, Etan Diamond, Mary L. Mapes, Elfriede Wedam

By N. J. Demerath, Etan Diamond, Mary L. Mapes, Elfriede Wedam

This research of the non secular panorama of Indianapolis -- the summative quantity of the Lilly Endowment's undertaking on faith and concrete tradition carried out through the Polis middle at IUPUI -- goals to appreciate religion's altering position in public lifestyles. The ebook examines the shaping of non secular traditions by means of the altering urban. It sheds gentle on concerns equivalent to social capital and faith-based welfare reform and explores the countervailing pressures of "decentering" -- the production of a number of (sub)urban facilities -- and civil religion's position in binding those facilities into one metropolis.Polis heart sequence on faith and concrete tradition -- David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors

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As mentioned earlier, the growing suburban ring was beginning to drain the downtown business core of much economic activity. The shifting population was also leaving a demographic mark on the central city, as entire neighborhoods flip-flopped racially and socioeconomically during the 1950s and 1960s. For example, in one census tract on the near north side, a black population of only 18 in 1960 grew to almost 4,400 people in 1970. 4 years, 33 sacred circles, public squares and the poverty rate rose to 12 percent—well above the 7 percent rate for the rest of Indianapolis.

To be sure, Unigov reformed the election of the Common Council, switching from at-large elections to single-member districts. The concentration of African Americans on the north side ensured that at least some districts would be heavily black and that some black candidates would be elected. In addition, Unigov’s supporters claimed, the widening of the Indianapolis tax base to include the wealthier suburbs would have trickle-down benefit to the poorer parts of the old city. But these changes notwithstanding, other areas that did not get changed had an even greater impact on African Americans.

In the 1990s, the Plaza was further expanded to include memorials to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Originally envisioned as a place to remember national events, the War Memorial has evolved into a civic rallying point. It serves as home for Fourth of July festivals, Memorial Day and Veterans Day services, and is a prime location along the city’s downtown parade routes. Although it is not as easily recognizable as Monument Circle, the Plaza is still the locus for events of special civic significance, a place where the civic memory can be brought to the fore for a few brief moments during the year.

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