No, you won't find lions, tigers or bears here (anymore), but nestled into the northwest corner of West Ridge's Indian Boundary Park is the city's second zoo. This small zoo, which began with one American black bear in the early 1900s, is now mainly home to farm animals, such as goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens. This isn't the only thing that draws people to the park, though. The park's field house, a building that incorporates Native American and Tudor elements, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the grounds feature a small lagoon, an impressive playground, and beautifully landscaped grounds.
West Ridge isn't known only for it's park and small zoo. With commercial centers catering to Jews, Middle Easterners, Indians, Pakistanis and Koreans, and over 80 languages spoken by area residents, the neighborhood is also home to one of the city's most diverse populations. The most notable of these is the concentration of Indian culture. Devon Avenue is lined with dozens of authentic Indian dining and shopping options, and most people not from the area associate West Ridge with this strip of pavement, which is sometimes referred to as "Little India."
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