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OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 As the old adage goes, “It takes a village …”, in our case, it takes a city – precisely, our City:  Gary, IN!  Our Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson, and her staff of City employees and volunteers, along with our 1st District Councilwoman Rebecca Wyatt, Councilman-At-Large Ronald Brewer, and Councilman-At-Large Herb Smith, the Gary Community School Corporation, the McDonald’s corporation and its Regional Manager Alicia Kowalski, Miracle Temple Church, Glen Ryan Paviliion, and the Miller Citizens Corporation [M.C.C.] and its President George Rogge, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department/Lake County Jail have joined with us to address our varied concerns.   

Since our inception, the following concerns have been and are being satisfactorily addressed:

  

ü  Cutting down and removal of dead/diseased trees from easements;

ü  Filling of potholes;  

ü  Overgrowth of lot at Aetna Elementary School and the re-boarding of its doors and windows;  

ü  Increased Police patrols; 

ü  Upkeep of our four (4) parks and our Little League Field;   

ü  Clearing and cutting of vacant lots;  

ü  Demolition of abandoned houses;   

ü  Reduced roaming of unleashed dogs; 

ü  Installation of speed bumps [temporarily].  

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The AETNA MANOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM [A.M.R.P.] strives to develop an action plan for the improvement of the Aetna Manor Community.  The A.M.R.P. will accomplish improvements by working with residents and other resources within the greater Gary, IN area.

 

OUR HISTORY

Community Yard Sale 2018

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 6, 2015, having opened with prayer, approximately 40 Neighbors gathered in the north parking lot of the closed and abandoned Aetna Elementary School to discuss our collective concerns about our Neighborhood.  With several items listed, we were able to condense and compartmentalize our concerns into two (2) categories:  Appearance and Safety.   

Not quite settled on whether our efforts would be short- or long-term, we decided it would just be a program:  commencing with setting goals and objectives, and culminating with  accomplishments.  With this in mind, we entertained several names for this Program based on our purpose, and conceded that our current set of circumstances did not lend themselves to our return to the Aetna of yester-year.  We stopped looking backward and set our eyes toward into a future vibrancy by revitalizing what remains and starting anew where the potential exists.   Then learning that  “Aetna” is legally named “Aetna Manor” in City records, we became “AETNA MANOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM”. 

 

 Serving on Committee were Penelope Love as President, Sherri Hogan as Vice President, and Arlene Lyons as  Secretary.    Other  Valued  Volunteers were Phyllis Drayton, Shawn Guice, Marjorie Woodyard, Darrell Love, Patricia Jackson, Harold Goodlett, Nadine Mills, Beulah Jones, Eddie Tarver, Benjamin Walton.   

 

West Side: East 13th Ave.

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West Side: East 13th Ave.

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West Side: East 13th Ave.

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West Side: 12th & Benton St.

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West Side: 12th & Benton St.

It ain't always pretty ...

East Side: 10th Ave.

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East Side: 10th Ave.

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East Side: 11th & Floyd St.

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East Side: 12th & Fayette St

June Labroi Park

East Side:

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East Side: Dekalb St.

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East Side:

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East Side: 12th & Greene Pl.

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East Side: 12th & Greene Pl.

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West Side: 10th Ave.

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West Side: East 10th Ave.

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West Side: Aetna Park (?)

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West Side: East 10th Ave.

Extreme overgrowth

West Side: 10th & Idaho St.

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Revitalizing and Redeveloping

COMING SOON (hopefully) ...

"Downtown Aetna:  The Remix"

 

In 2000, the residents in Aetna amounted to slightly less that 5,000 persons. And, although we do not know the count today, we do know Aetna spends the majority of its now diversified income outside its community.  Admittedly, we have to because  the products and services are virtually non-existent here.  So, with the very few businesses remaining, we have decided to undertake the task of revitalizing Downtown Aetna!  

 

We know!  We know!  We have heard it all.  The cynics -- and in some cases, realists -- ask,  "What businesses are going to invest there?" Well, there are several reasons. 

 

Location, Location, Location!  We are situated less than one mile east of I-65 and Routes 12 and 20 in Gary, are easily accessible to traffic, and highly visible to train commuters.  And, the debate would be:  "It's been there all the time and the businesses still haven't come!"  True.  Then there's the next reason: 

 

Diversity:  Our town/community is reported comprised of 80% or so Black people and 20% or so White people; a healthy mix of elderly and youth.  Some blocks even boast of 90-95% homeowners -- people who are invested in this town/community.  And, guess what:  If you come to one of our meetings, you'll see our town/community represented as all of us are working TOGETHER!  

 

Profitability:  As any franchisee or entrepreneur would agree, the goal of going into business is PROFIT.  The residents of this town/community has been fattening the coiffures of other communities -- increasing their profitability and expansion.  Just checks the statistics.  Whenever purchases are made and the patron provides his or her zip code -- Bam!  They got cha!  They know where their dollars are coming from!  And, since we've been spending everywhere else, "they" just keep their store everywhere else and make us come to "them".  Stop it, y'all! Bring those dollars home!  

 

Opportunity:  This stretch of 2 blocks running north and south was once the home of a bustling downtown scene.  Its street is wide enough for traffic, and its existing structures and vacant lots are easily readied for demolition or renovation.    

 

And, just in case you are not yet convinced of our value:  Check  out the crime statistics for our town/community.  There is less crime in Aetna than in Miller and Glen Ryan!  

West Side: 9th & Idaho St.

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West Side: 10th & Idaho St.

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West Side: 10th & Idaho St.

Demolish or Renovate?

West Side: 10th & Idaho St.

Wildermuth Mansion

West Side: 10th & Idaho St.

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New Kingdom Ministries

12th & Clay St.

Miracle Temple Church

13th & Clay St.

Glorified Temple Church

11th Ave, East of Aetna St.

Anew Life Ministry

14th Ave. - west of Aetna St.

Temple of Praise Church

13th & Aetna St.