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Broad Ripple Village
Cultural district
Intersection of Broad Ripple & Guilford Ave
Intersection of Broad Ripple & Guilford Ave
Official seal of Broad Ripple Village
We're Open If You Are
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
 • Total 10.455 sq mi (27.08 km2)
725 ft (221 m)
 • Total 17,041
 • Density 1,630.00/sq mi (1,057.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
GNIS feature ID 0449481

Broad Ripple Village is one of seven areas designated as cultural districts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Located about six miles (11 km) north of Downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple was established in 1837 as an independent municipality and annexed by the city of Indianapolis in 1922. The neighborhood has a reputation for being socially, economically, and ethnically diverse. Broad Ripple is represented in Congress by Republican Susan Brooks.

Broad Ripple's position as a cornerstone of Indianapolis' youth culture and nightlife is a result of its thriving bar scene and the nearby presence of Butler University. Staying true to the neighborhood motto "we're open if you are," numerous Broad Ripple bars and restaurants remain open as late as 3 A.M – often on weekdays as well as weekends. The neighborhood is home to many of Indianapolis' locally owned restaurants, independent art galleries, private boutiques and specialty shops, and the popular Monon Trail. Within a few city blocks one can find a wide variety of food, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, Cajun, Middle Eastern, French, English, and Japanese as well as traditional American fare and four independent microbreweries. Entertainment offerings include Crackers, a professional comedy club, and multiple venues for live music, showcasing both local artists and nationally touring acts in genres such as rock, hip hop, country, and jazz. In 2004 a free biweekly newspaper, The Broad Ripple Gazette, was created by Broad Ripple native Alan Hague.

Broad Ripple High School, one of the earliest Indianapolis Public Schools, is located within the Village. Some notable Hoosiers raised in or near the Broad Ripple neighborhood include late night talk show host David Letterman, professional football player Rosevelt Colvin, former IUPUI and Pacer and current Utah Jazz guard George Hill, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, astronaut David Wolf, actor Abraham Benrubi, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence and author Dan Wakefield.


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