I’ve never been, but have plans to visit Greencastle shortly. In fact, a friend of mine is building a home in nearby Bainbridge. However, I’ve heard great things about the community from my many friends who attended DePauw University.
Now, This Old House magazine is taking notice, labeling Greencastle a "Best This Old House Neighborhood" — one of 15 in the Midwest and the only one from Indiana. The magazine’s web site tells the story:
The Houses The Historic Old Greencastle District, the city’s original residential settlement, is the most modest, with a prevalence of Stick-style and Craftsman bungalow homes. The Eastern Enlargement District, largely developed by railroad and industry tycoons at the turn of the 20th century, offers more upscale finds: Italianates, Queen Annes, Tudor Gothic Revivals, and slightly smaller homes with Eastlake details. The later Northwood District has a cache of early-to-mid-1900s homes, mostly Colonial Revivals, Tudors, and bungalows, with a sprinkling of mid-20th-century Minimal Traditional and Ranch. The average price among the homes sold in 2010 was a smidgen under $100,000.
Why Buy Here? A period home for less than a hundred thousand greenbacks with an easy commute to the 14th-largest city in the nation. ‘Nuff said.
Howard Dean and Karl Rove will face off in a debate about America’s future on Friday, Sept. 11 on the campus of DePauw University (an Indiana Chamber member). The Greencastle Banner-Graphicreports:
Two heavyweights on the national political scene — Howard Dean, who recently completed a four-year term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Karl Rove, the former chief political adviser to President George W. Bush — are coming to DePauw University on Sept. 11. In a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, the two men will engage in a debate on "America in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities." The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Avenue).
Like all Ubben Lectures, the program is free and open to all. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.
A physician, Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991-2003. His groundbreaking 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and subsequent four years as chair of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider’s view and a reformer’s commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations.
As former chair of the National Governor’s Association, he also has vast knowledge of domestic issues. Governor Dean recently released a new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Health Care Reform.
Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as "unique … no presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon." As deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President Bush, Rove solidified his reputation as a master strategist whose "game has always been long term," as columnist David Broder wrote, "and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match."