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Date Change: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary East Side Bike Tour on April 15th

Date Change: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary East Side Bike Tour on April 15th
UPDATE: Due to many schedule conflicts, we are planning on changing the date for this event to April 15th Urban Indy hits its 10-year anniversary on April 11th. As that is a Tuesday, I’ve decided to host the gathering on the Saturday after the official date, April 15th. A few years ago, we hosted a construction tour of major downtown projects. This year, I thought it would be interesting to have a bicycle tour of the Near-East Side. It has been greatly overshadowed by places such as Fountain Square and Fall Creek Place, but neighborhoods such as Holy Cross, Englewood, and Cottage Home have been...
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Final Transit Vote Monday Evening

Final Transit Vote Monday Evening
A reminder for everyone who cares about mass transit in Indy: please come out to the Indy City County Building this Monday evening at 6:30 to greet the councilors as they enter into the public assembly room and then at 7 for the public hearing portion. As long as everything goes according to plan, this will be the final vote by the councilors on whether to move forward with the mass transit plan for Indy. It’s absolutely critical to show up to this one wearing your orange Transit Drives Indy t-shirt, or getting one from the TDI folks tomorrow night if you don’t already have one. Several of...
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Free Idea: Reclaim Morris and Prospect Streets on South Side

Free Idea: Reclaim Morris and Prospect Streets on South Side
Just south of downtown, there’s a gymnasium that dates from the year 1900 called the Turnverin: It stands out in an odd section of Prospect Street. Notice the signs to the left of the building: that’s Interstate 70. Here’s another view of the Turnverin: It’s the same angle of the old building, but the streetview is from another road that acts just like an Interstate. Morris Street was converted into a mini-freeway sometime between 1956 and 1962. Here’s the aerial view of the street from 1956: And here’s 1962: Notice that this image was taken before Interstate 70 was...
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Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy

Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy
  Final vote meeting details: February 27: Full-council meeting – vote on final adoption (7:00 p.m. in Public Assembly Room) I want to first call your attention to contacting your city councilor, especially if you live in a district where your councilor hasn’t made up his or her mind yet about the transit plan. Tell them that we need this transit improvement plan and that now is the time. We can’t afford to wait another tens years to start improving our mass transit in this city. There’s no doubt that in Indy, we love the automobile. There are many times when a car is a...
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Important Transit Meeting Tonight

Important Transit Meeting Tonight
  Just a reminder: for those of us who know how good the IndyConnect mass transit plan is and how vital it is for the future success of Indianapolis in so many different ways, there is a very important council meeting to show your support at tonight at 5:30 in room 260 in the City County Building. It’s absolutely vital that as many of us show up to this meeting as possible in support of the full transit plan. It’s still a very doable and needed plan even if the federal funding does not come through. If you’d like to say something at tonight’s meeting, please email Transit...
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2017: The Year of Civic Engagement

2017: The Year of Civic Engagement
Almost a decade ago, I set out to talk about urban planning issues in Indianapolis on a website. I didn’t know where it would go, or how many people would read it. I had no idea if it would fade away after a few months like so many other blogs, but it seemed to find a small niche. On April 11th 2017, Urban Indy turns 10. There would be no way this would have been possible without finding this niche. However, there’s still more work to be done. There’s a veritable wonderland of blog posts on this website now (many of them not written by me) to draw inspiration, and to take action. The...
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The Chatham Arch Question Gets an Answer

The Chatham Arch Question Gets an Answer
The time for Chatham Arch has arrived. This Wednesday, February 1, at 5:30pm, on the second floor of the City-County Building, the Department of Metropolitan Development’s monthly agenda will include the applications for 855 N. East Street and 812 N. Park Avenue—the old Indianapolis Day Nursery Association building and more recently the home of the Todd Academy School. First announced by Kevin in November of last year, this is the same site upon which I wrote two lengthy articles called The Chatham Arch Question. Part I focused on the mismatch between historic preservation and density, showing...
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New Downtown Plazas in Need of Connection

New Downtown Plazas in Need of Connection
I’m a big fan of the new Transit Center downtown. It’s attractive and functional. And the connected public plaza is relatively attractive. Now, the city has finalized the second round of plans for another public plaza, across the street at the City County Building. The first time around, the winning proposal was going to bust the budget, so this one is more subdued: In essence, this means that a plaza will be across the street from another plaza. This could have some decent potential, with one major exception: The aforementioned street. Washington Street is a 4 lane wide, one way street,...
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The Chatham Arch Question, Part II: What Are the Consequences of Low Density Just a Mile from the Heart of Downtown?

The Chatham Arch Question, Part II: What Are the Consequences of Low Density Just a Mile from the Heart of Downtown?
In the first half of this two-part series I looked at the prevailing mentality articulated by some of the most influential members of the Chatham Arch neighborhood, evidenced by the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association (CANA) and its near-unanimous opposition to the redevelopment of a long-vacant charter school site at 9th and East Streets, into a mix of townhomes, single-family, and apartments with retail. Essentially, CANA argued that this proposal’s density was out of synch with the character of the nationally-registered Chatham Arch historic neighborhood, which largely consists of modest...
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UPDATE: Expected Timeline for Transit at the City-County Council

UPDATE: Expected Timeline for Transit at the City-County Council
After passing the referendum in Indianapolis with relative ease, the mass transit issue now moves to the City-County Council, which is first introduced tonight at 7 pm @ the City County Building. Here is the tentative schedule: 1/9–Introduced at council meeting and assigned to Rules & Public Policy Committee (7pm Assembly Room) 1/30 at 7pm for public testimony to the whole council 2/1–hearing at Municipal Corporation Committee (5:30pm Room 260) 2/21–official advertised public hearing and vote by Rules Committee (5:30pm Room 260) 2/27–full council votes on final adoption...
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