Spencer, Indiana, 2017: A vibrant downtown seeing an economic renaissance thanks to an influx of retail shops, restaurants, and other small businesses. Photo by Martin Boling

Spencer, Indiana, 2017: A vibrant downtown seeing an economic renaissance thanks to an influx of retail shops, restaurants, and other small businesses. Photo by Martin Boling

A SMALL INDIANA TOWN STRIVES FOR VIBRANCY AGAIN

 

BY MOLLY BRUSH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN BOLING

Spencer resident Denise Sudol remembers the moment she realized the town she loves needed help. Several years ago, as she was flipping through the pages of the Spencer Evening World, the local newspaper, Sudol saw a photograph of Spencer’s first responders on the downtown courthouse square. In the background stood the square’s commercial buildings—and they looked terrible. The structures were dilapidated, and many were vacant with broken and boarded-up windows.

The stark reality reflected in that image hit her hard.

“That was the thing that go me involved,” she says. “That’s the thing that lit the fire. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’m sad or pissed off, but something needs to be done.'”

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WEB EXCLUSIVE

We only had enough space for a few of photographer Martin Boling’s photos of Spencer’s revitalized downtown. Here are more Spencer scenes and people: