2000 was the last year I lived there, having moved farther east to a kinder, gentler community that cared. Merrillville was never supposed to exist - it was unincorporated town in Ross Township, not a city. It got screwed out of income by Hobart - when they annexed the land where Southlake Mall sits. Hobart (physically) sits 10 mi North of the mall on Lake George. When the Greek Church moved in, things got a little bit better for a lot of folks. But the drug crime from Gary continues to persist to this very day.