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Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,

Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,
Editors note: This guest post was provided to Urban Indy from an employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. We will also welcome any comments or rebuttals that readers might contribute. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the sixth annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy. The event included three panel discussions regarding the 50th anniversary of Unigov. I wanted to share some of the major themes and takeaways with everyone. The symposium was especially timely, given Sen. Richard Lugar’s death. The event opened with a short...
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Red Line Construction Update: 6/11

Red Line Construction Update: 6/11
This week has seen a good deal of entries for construction photos. I’ll start with the Shelby and Hanna station, from Austin Gibble: On the opposite side of town, I was able to get more photos of the 52nd and College station yesterday. The platform was actually installed earlier in the day: Closer to downtown, reader Justin Harter sent in a station that had visible heating elements for snow melting at 9th and Capitol: Finally, a nice shot at the State Capitol station from reader Matt Wakefield: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on...
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Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019

Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019
Our guest photo this week comes from contributor Andy Arenson, who sent me a shot of 22nd and Meridian: Here are some photos near 52nd and College. The triangular diverter is now placed in the street on 51st Street: There are still a ton of utility poles in the sidewalks after this project. A bummer, but at least people should be able to get around them in the future. Here was the preliminary station last week. It’s more complete now, but I don’t have photos of it: Here’s IndyGo’s email for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on College Ave through...
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Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects

Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects
One of the defining features of the history of Indianapolis is its urban streetcar network. The last streetcar to run in Indy was located on College Avenue. Here’s the network as it was built in 1923: By the 1950s, the lines had largely been replaced by city buses. Instead of removing them, the rails were simply paved over. The current Red Line project has been excavating the tracks in the locations where the construction is most significant. Then, Michael McKillop from Midtown Indy had an idea. Instead of scrapping the tracks (as was originally intended), they have been saved, and are currently...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/11

Red Line Construction Update: 5/11
This week, I’ll be using photos provided by Dawn Olsen. She recently visited the 30th and Meridian Station. I particularly like the one of the citizen laughing in the middle of the street. Human interactions like this will be more common in Indy after this project is finished. Here’s the weekly IndyGo email: College Avenue: There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations this week to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas. 42nd Street – one lane closure May 23 for up to 3...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/14

Red Line Construction Update: 5/14
One aspect that will be unique about the Red Line on College Avenue will be the raised triangular diverters placed at some of the intersections. This prevents drivers from making left hand turns. Left hand turns tend to be more dangerous than right hand turns. Yet another nod to a safety improvement, not a detriment. This intersection at 51st and College is still under construction, but there are some completed diverters elsewhere along the route: This is the future station at 52nd and College, which is located a half a block to the south. This is the sidewalk ramp to the future station: Here’s...
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Red Line Update: 5/6

Red Line Update: 5/6
The Red Line platforms that were first to be constructed are starting to round into shape. Jerome Horne from IndyGo sent these photos from the south Shelby Street station at the U of Indy: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for this week: Three Week Look Ahead: May 6 As with all construction projects, the following forecast is subject to change. For more project details and a live construction map, visit https://www.indygored.com/Construction. New This Week College Avenue: There...
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Red Line Construction Update: 4/29

Red Line Construction Update: 4/29
Something that has been undersold with all of the drama and intrigue regarding the Red Line BRT is the amount of new sidewalk and curb construction. This will ultimately help the project be more successful. We could always do more in this area, but it certainly helps the usefulness of the transit project. One major new sidewalk is in front of Moe and Johnny’s at 54th and College: What was once a dangerous driving surface is now a safe public walking path. There is no curb cut along this stretch of College Avenue. Elsewhere, blog reader and City County Council candidate Justin Harter has sent me a...
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Red Line Construction Update: 4/22

Red Line Construction Update: 4/22
This week’s photos come from Jerome Horne, who shared some station construction on the near south side. The first one is on Virginia Street just across from Anthem: And here’s a few photos farther south along Virginia in Fletcher Place: I was also able to snag a quick photo of the new stop arms at College and 54th, with the special bus lights in the middle: Elsewhere: This week’s IBJ Podcast about the new ownership of The Vogue in Broad Ripple mentioned how they are eager to embrace the new transit system. I’m glad to hear this, as I was worried when this IBJ tweet focused on...
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Red Line Construction Update: April 16

Red Line Construction Update: April 16
This week’s update includes a photo of the old streetcar rail, which has been removed from College Avenue, right at Broad Ripple. Thanks to reader Henry Moellring for the photo: I’ve also been given permission to share some construction photos by Photosbyramz via Instagram. Here’s the Red Line Station at 22nd and Meridian: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail blast: New This Week College Avenue: Parking continues to be restricted within construction areas but otherwise available to use. Parking restrictions will be put into place...
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