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Lauren Comstock

Organization Position:
Herron-Morton Place Association Beautification Committee Chair

What Neighborhood do you live in?
Herron-Morton Place

What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis?
My neighborhood: Herron-Morton.  It’s one of those great old Indianapolis neighborhoods in the throes of revitalization.  I love the history behind this place, the beautiful architecture, and watching how it is all changing.  There are new restaurants, and small businesses, and neighbors renovating their homes. There are community events to look forward to like the Talbott Street Art Fair. Last fall my husband and I watched thousands of marathon runners pass by our house on a Sunday morning. Herron-Morton is a neighborhood full of potential!

 How long have you supported KIB?
I was introduced to KIB in March of 2013.

Why do you support KIB?
I was looking for a flexible and effective way to contribute to my neighborhood. KIB enables individuals and groups of people to make immediate and sustainable improvements to their communities.  The KIB Adopt-A-Block Program appealed to me because I thought I could make a very visible difference to my neighborhood the day I signed up. And I did.  Armed with my KIB-issued litter-grabber and bucket, I headed out to clean up my block.  Soon I was joined by my neighbors. After just an hour, we had cleaned up four city blocks. What a difference! It was remarkable! The KIB Adopt-A-Block Program creates a sense of pride and ownership, and when people see you working, they want to be part of it.

The Herron-Morton “Every Block Adopted” Plan
Our goal for 2014 is to reach out to all neighbors and local businesses and recruit an additional 23 Block Captains for 100% block coverage. Herron-Morton would be the first neighborhood in Indianapolis to achieve this goal.  Each new Captain will receive the tools and great KIB support needed to help make our neighborhood beautiful, block by block. New trees and flowers will be planted in community areas as a result. In 2015 the beautification plan includes fundraising for more plantings and colorful streetlight banners with the neighborhood graphic.

If you were describing KIB to a friend, what three words would you use?
Beautification through collaboration!