Marktown, Indiana, fears it could lose its historical footprint with BP expansion
The historic neighborhood in East Chicago, Indiana, is an interesting hybrid of homes reminiscent of English Tudor style mixed with industry from the BP refinery and a steel mill. Many of the area’s original inhabitants have moved out, but there are still Marktown residents who have stayed because of their roots to the place, or the cheap home prices. BP is expanding its reach in the coming weeks as it plans to acquire more property for what they say will be used for green space. We talk with East Chicago advocate Thomas Frank about the history of Marktown, and the ongoing battle between historic preservation and the reach of industry.