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Life’s Better Here in Allen County

This week, I didn’t have to travel very far to find out why life’s better here in Allen County.

Do a quick online search and you’ll find that Fort Wayne ranks as one of the best places to live in America year after year and it’s easy to see why.

The three rivers, the “hidden gem” of Fort Wayne, are not so hidden to anymore. The new riverfront park will officially open later this month, but locals have been having fun on the rivers long before.

Public art is seemingly everywhere in Fort Wayne these days. Turn a corner and find a brilliant display of color and creativity, breathing new life into forgotten spaces, and drawing attention to new development.

Locally owned shops and restaurants offer unique options to explore.

But what about the things that are not mentioned in those online rankings. Why do the people of Allen County think Life’s Better Here?

“I love being in Fort Wayne because it’s a great small-town big town. Everything that they’re doing downtown to draw people in, draw in families, build up the community again,” said Rebecca Trump. “I love the small businesses and the great restaurants that are starting to pop up.”

“Working in the local brewing community it’s been kind of a great Renaissance in the last couple of years of all the new breweries, distilleries and wineries and there’s no shortage of nightlife or activities on the river with Fort Wayne outfitters and just there’s always something going on nowadays,” said Lou Henry.

“I like Fort Wayne because there is always something to do all the trails are really fun and it’s a big town but you still feel safe everywhere and there’s always something to do especially in the summertime,” said Claire Trump. “It’s a great place just to get away for the day or the weekend.”

Events and activities aren’t the only thing that make the Summit City and Allen County great. A community invested in growth and improvement make Fort Wayne the perfect place to call home.

“I’ve worked downtown since I was 15 years old and so since the early 90s it’s been great to see this large upswing. There’s never a shortage of anything to do,” Henry said. “I have five children and I’m happy to raise them here living just outside of downtown we can ride bikes to ball games.”

“It’s just a great area it’s a great place to raise families I’m born and raised here I’m really big into the community I work for the downtown improvement District and just seeing where things were 10 years ago compared to where it is now we’ve just grown so much as a community very tight-knit,” said Michele Crider. “A lot of people don’t know that literally every single weekend throughout the entire year we have either some type of festival or some type of event going on downtown. I just think it’s really cool what Fort Wayne’s becoming.”

As my summer travels come to an end, I know one thing for sure. Allen County, just like the many others I visited across 21 Country, is full of kind, welcoming people. People who are proud of where they are from and know that life’s better here.

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Nikki Pietrus

Nikki Pietrus is the Morning Meteorologist at Fort Wayne’s NBC News.

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