I went for a walk yesterday. I figured I'd use the Monon Trail, since it usually gets cleared pretty quickly after a snowfall, in case anybody wants to risk pneumonia jogging through the arctic wastes. Surprisingly, it hadn't been touched. I took my camera along with me and snapped some pictures down near 54th Street.
54th Street is sort of a demarcation line. North of 54th, the Monon Trail is sheltered by trees and runs through gentrified neighborhoods to the shops and bars and parks of Broad Ripple proper.
South of 54th, there are alternating patches of half-abandoned light industrial zones and run-down residential districts.
Between 54th and 52nd, there is a stretch of wall that has been brightened by an officially sanctioned mural...
...although some walls show traces of where, er... "unofficial" murals have been recently removed.
It can look pretty bleak in the wintertime, with the leaves off the trees.
Still, there is interesting wildlife if you know where to look.
Along the north side of 54th are some of my favorite little shops in Broad Ripple. On the left you can see Locally Grown Gardens. The bright yellow storefront is Nicole-Talyor's Pasta & Market. Down at the right end is the fabulous eatery, Zest.
It was as cold as it looks. Even though I was bundled up nicely and warmed by the exercise, it still felt good to get home.
(EDIT: Contrast the photos above with the photos from the May '09 Blogmeet, held at Locally Grown Gardens...)