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Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later

Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later
This morning I was cleaning up some files on my work computer, and I came across a map that I found of the old streetcar network from 1923. I linked this image back in 2008, but it’s worth revisiting again: At my workplace, I was able to work on this file a little bit, and I created a shapefile of the network as faithfully as I could:   Basically, if I was unsure about the actual routes, I’d follow the roads in places where I could find historic mixed-use buildings in the city. The businesses located in these buildings often relied on their locations next to the streetcars, so I...
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PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line

PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line
It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses.  Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger. I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown.  The driver is usually looking left...
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Downtown Cummins Executive HQ

Downtown Cummins Executive HQ
By now, pretty much everyone familiar with development in Indianapolis has seen the 2 eye-catching renderings of the proposed Cummins Executive Headquarters. If not, here they are: This could raise the bar for architecture in Indianapolis. But is it good development? The city basically gave away prime real estate for new offices and a parking garage. There are plenty of office vacancies and lightly-used parking garages around downtown. But the amount of undeveloped downtown super blocks is finite. This makes the project is a bit more of a mixed bag overall. I’m happy that they have left the...
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Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois

Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois
The Local Initiative Support Corporation is undergoing a campaign to target neighborhood nodes for redevelopment purposes. The initial launch is known as Great Places 2020, and includes 3 corners: 38th at Illinois, Michigan at King, and Washington at Oxford. I contacted Laura Granieri from Midtown to learn more about 38th and Illinois to see what we can expect within the next 6 years. Listed below are the main highlights that are known at this time: Tarkington Park Urban Indy has known about the potential for investment in Tarkington Park for several years now, but at Ms. Granieri mentioned, funding...
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New Downtown Student Housing Proposal

New Downtown Student Housing Proposal
A significant new student housing proposal has been filed with the Department of Metropolitan Development. This will be located at Michigan and Capitol, and the lot is currently almost all surface parking. This will help in bridging the gap between downtown and...
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Cranksgiving Ride for Second Helpings

Cranksgiving Ride for Second Helpings
Please join Nathan Smurdon from Active Indy Tours this Saturday morning at the City Market for a bicycle ride to benefit Second Helpings. More information and registration can be found via this link, and an interview of Nathan promoting the event is posted on WISH-TV.com. Urban Indy is proud to sponsor this...
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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Part II

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Part II
This is a follow up to Thursday’s post on IndyGo’s proposed route changes. I believe these images contain all of the rest of the changes, although I could be missing something.  Apologies for the poor photos, the lighting in The Hall is challenging. Here’s a brief summary of some of the major changes shown above: St. Vincent will go past Butler’s Campus. Shelby will travel down Virginia. Route 5 is split in half and the western portion becomes route 6. Route 8 stays on Washington Street downtown instead of heading north to Ohio. The Red Line circulator has been...
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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview
This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday. First, a look at how the transit center will work. Most of this is actually self-explanatory: The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area: Proposed midday frequency...
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IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings

IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings
As IndyGo executives continue to review its current network and assess where its priorities should lie, they will be hosting another series of public meetings this week.  As detailed in a recent IBJ article, IndyGo must decide whether to focus its resources on ridership or coverage.  Focusing on ridership would essentially mean investing in routes that would likely see enhanced ridership through higher frequency.  On the other hand, IndyGo could focus a higher percentage of resources on coverage, spreading itself thinner in order to serve more of the county.  With the minimal amount of...
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The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard

The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard
Earlier this year, the City engaged a process to rethink the City-County Building (CCB) Plaza, located south of the CCB. Once home to the county courthouse, the plaza, developed alongside the shiny new home for local government, never managed to provide a great space for the public. Instead, the harsh materials, hostile green space, barricaded fountains and inaccessible pathways to the entrance of the CCB have created a barren environment and maintenance headache. On even the nicest of days, this space goes largely unused. It may serve forever as a memorial to design that was largely form-based, with...
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