Welcome to the website of the Riverside/Normal City Neighborhood!

In Fall 2016, students in Jen Erickson’s Ethnographic Methods course at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, created this site to share their research about the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood, located to the east of the University. The story of this neighborhood is also a story about Ball State and the city of Muncie, known widely as Middletown, U.S.A., after Robert and Helen Lynd’s iconic study of this small city (1929, 1937). We invite you  to read about the history and contemporary status of this iconic Middletown Neighborhood.

Check out this video of our project.