web analytics

Ambitious Proposal for Kessler and College

Ambitious Proposal for Kessler and College
The southern portion of the AT&T buildings on College Avenue in Meridian Kessler has been for sale for a few months, and has already attracted a proposal. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association has posted the elevations and land use plans to their website, and I thought I’d post them here as well. Notice that the site plan includes the potential Red Line from IndyGo: It looks to be an ambitious proposal that is sure to attract attention and feedback from the neighborhood. There’s a local meeting to discuss this development next Tuesday, September 1st at Bethlehem Lutheran...
read more

Improving Indy’s Cultural Trail

Improving Indy’s Cultural Trail
Indy’s Cultural Trail is now two years old and is a huge success in so many significant ways. It continues to receive wide acclaim throughout the country as being a model of success for what proper biking and pedestrian infrastructure can do when done in a smart way instead of only going by the engineer’s guide book without thinking. So why then does the Cultural Trail need some improvement? Most areas are already functioning well and are fairly well optimized, but there is at least one area that needs some rethinking. Here’s where I’m referring to, do you recognize...
read more

Downtown Indy Construction Tour

Downtown Indy Construction Tour
There are so many projects happening downtown that Urban Indy has decided that it is time again for a construction-based walking tour. The last time a walk like this was hosted, it was organized by Chris Corr on his blog a year before Urban Indy consolidated forces. This time, we’ll meet on Washington Street, across from the Downtown Transit Center, located at 200 East Washington Street. The time and date is set for Sunday September 13, at 3 o’clock pm. The Colts are playing at the Bills, so they’ll be on the road if your are curious about how that may impact downtown. The route will...
read more

College Avenue in King Park: A Street in Transition

College Avenue in King Park: A Street in Transition
This time, the neighborhood won. The long battle over the gas station at the corner of 22nd and College has been dropped (page 57) in favor of a restaurant: This particular one will feature outdoor seating and a bicycle rack. It will renovate an old masonry structure, while removing a smaller structure which has outlived its materials. The curb cuts could use some fine tuning or elimination, and there could have been a smaller parking lot. The neighborhood is still battling the potential for carry out service for fear of a fast food joint. But at least it won’t be a future brownfield, and it...
read more

August 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

August 2015 Desktop Wallpaper
It’s been over a year since Urban Indy had a Desktop Wallpaper. Curt Ailes has been in Portland since that time, and his photography and photoshop skills have yet to be replaced for us. This is our first attempt at rekindling the tradition, taken on a perfect summer day last week by yours truly. Urban Indy blogger Joe Smoker helped me out by putting the calendar and logo stamp below it. We will happily accept future submissions to the desktop wallpaper tradition. This photo is a square as it was post-processed via Instagram, but it makes a lot more sense for a wallpaper than it did when it was...
read more

Vision Zero for Indianapolis

Vision Zero for Indianapolis
2015 is sadly shaping up to be a poor year for pedestrian safety in Indianapolis. Today, there has already been a crash on the south side with a person listed in critical condition. My fear is that it may end up being the worst year on record for deaths and injuries, as it seems to be an almost daily occurrence. It happens all over town, but it always seems to be the worst in places where cars are moving the fastest and pedestrians are a rarer sight. Last month, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Crestview and Kessler Boulevard. This portion of Kessler has no...
read more

Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware

Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware
By almost any measure, the redevelopment of Fall Creek Place has been a resounding success. Building upon a $4M Homeownership Zone Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and leveraged through $20M from a Tax Increment Financing district that upgraded neighborhood infrastructure, the plan quickly found footing in the early 2000s and transformed “Dodge City” into the beautiful, walkable neighborhood we see today. Homes are still being built on Broadway St. on some of the last remaining parcels available in Phase 4, a section not originally planned but added after...
read more

Indy Connect: Red Line Update

Indy Connect: Red Line Update
Indy’s Plan2020 has posted a link to an updated version of the proposed Red Line between Westfield and Greenwood. That’s right, Westfield, who’s mayor has been a consistent supporter of transit, is included in the newest configuration. Here’s the latest map (shown in 20 parts) There’s more information out there, including this pdf which is meant to be seen in poster form. The boards are currently on display in the Old City Hall, along with 8 other locations around town. I particularly like the second board, which lays out the economic data that supports the need...
read more

2015 Multi-Use Path Round-up

2015 Multi-Use Path Round-up
After a bit of a lull, this looks to be a big year in multi-use paths around the city. While Indianapolis is still struggling with the basics of street design,  we seem to be more successful in building these off-street paths. There are at least five that are either under construction or planned for 2015. Eagle Creek Greenway: Construction is well underway on the Eagle Creek Greenway in Pike Township. We had a guest post on this trail a few months ago, and the writer of that post sent us some updated photos from last weekend: Pennsy Trail: The Pennsy Trail construction plans to connect the Pleasant...
read more

Complete Streets Ordinance Update

Complete Streets Ordinance Update
Three years ago this summer, the City-County Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in a unanimous vote, joining hundreds of cities nationwide that chose to commit to accessibility for all modes and abilities in their transportation planning. Shortly afterwards, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition recognized Indianapolis’ ordinance as the top Complete Streets ordinance out of nearly 130 policies adopted nationwide that year. The city has committed to this policy, but how has it been playing out in the implementation stage? Are the improvements on the ground living up...
read more

« Previous Entries