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Purple Line Updates

Purple Line Updates
Earlier this spring, Indy Connect unveiled their initial ideas for the Purple Line.  The line is intended to primarily serve 38th street, which is one of the city’s most highly travelled corridors via all modes of transit.  A large amount of motorists use the arterial during peak and non-peak hours and a good amount of pedestrian traffic can be seen as well.  Last week, Indy Connect had another round of open houses to inform the local community of where they are at now in the planning stages of the line. As noted in previous posts, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that an...
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College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection

College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection
The corner of College, Mass, and St. Clair has been on my radar for years now, as it currently features one solid newer building and 5 open lots: Recently, there have been a few different proposals to change the status quo on the corner, which could become a critical link between downtown and Broad Ripple. First up is a mixed use proposal on the Southeast corner by Milhaus, which appears to be a solid infill project:   On the southwestern corner, a much-less inspired proposal was recently tabled by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.  The proposal included a surface parking lot at...
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Architects’ Home Tour

Architects’ Home Tour
The Indianapolis chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be hosting their bi-annual Architects’ Home Tour on September 20th & 21st. This year’s tour is a bit unique, in that it focuses on homes in the city and homes in distinct Indianapolis neighborhoods, 7 in all. You’ll find homes in Fountain Square, Chatham Arch, Cottage Home, Herron Morton, Glendale, Broad Ripple, and Butler Tarkington. The tour is a excellent opportunity for the general public to see what an architect designed home looks like and to better understand the value that architects bring to the...
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Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings

Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings
A few weeks ago, the IBJ reported on a proposal for a 5 story mixed use building at the current site of an American Legion building in Broad Ripple. The renderings for this structure have been submitted and are posted below: This looks to be a significant step up for the northern end of Broad Ripple, which features mostly single story converted houses, as well as a single small tower north of this site. I look forward to following its...
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The Purple Line: Indy Connect Wants Your Input!

The Purple Line: Indy Connect Wants Your Input!
Indy Connect will be hosting additional meetings regarding the Purple Line this month.  The line was first introduced to local residents during a series of open houses in May 2014.  Transit planners gathered initial input for the line and ideas focused specifically on route choice: 30th street, 38th street, or a combination of the two.  Other factors considered were whether the route should travel downtown, as well as, how to serve the Lawrence area.  As planners begin to hone in on a specific route and vehicle choice, they are now seeking feedback regarding station location.  There will be two...
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Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek

Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek
Last summer, the City began work on a year-long project to replace the structurally deficient Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek.  A similarly-long project took  place in 2012 to replace the eastern side of the Meridian Bridge and restore the limestone facade.  When it reopened, Urban Indy immediately reported on the woefully inadequate sidewalk replacement that was part of the project.  A $2.5M bridge replacement project was the perfect opportunity to correct the Meridian Bridge sidewalk width, but the Department of Public Works (DPW) totally whiffed on it and kept the original, marginal...
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Central State Redevelopment Update

Central State Redevelopment Update
On Monday, thanks to Derek Naber from the Department of Metropolitan Development, I had the opportunity to tour the Central State Hospital grounds to take a look at their ongoing redevelopment efforts.  Derek also sent me the latest pdf of the current plans, which can be viewed here.  I’ll excerpt a few of the more relevant slides throughout this post for reference purposes. There have already been a few apartment buildings built upon the grounds that have been occupied for 2 years now. This fall, the southwest corner will see the opening of a new Christel House Acadamy.  Unfortunately, the...
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Plan2020

Plan2020
Recently, I have been honored with an appointment to the Plan2020 initiative as a part of the Connect Indy Committee.  I ask the readers of this blog take this as an opportunity to make some recommendations that they wish the initiative will address. Please post a comment, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.  This is our chance to have a say in the six plans that the city will be updating as a part of this...
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Wall Mural Love – Ikelite Headquarters

Wall Mural Love – Ikelite Headquarters
Speaking of “Taking Time to Photograph…”   Commuting home last fall I noticed a building had magically appeared on the northeast corner of 33rd & Illinois – surely it wasn’t there before, right? Turns out it had been there all along……but it had recently been transformed into a work of art. Last week I was finally able to stop by and snap some photos of these fantastic murals without any cars blocking the view.  It wasn’t until I reached the last few walls that I saw a company name in the window. Welcome to the worldwide headquarters...
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On Taking Time to Photograph

On Taking Time to Photograph
Often while traveling around the city, I’ll get out of my car or dismount my bike and take some photos of structures or infrastructure that I find interesting. I do this for the blog, mainly, but I’ve also come to learn the value of having a backlog of thousands of photos stored online. One building that has undergone a change was located at 17th and Bellefontaine. I documented it for a blog post back in 2008, during the point when I was photographing various little-known urban corners around the city (note: I’m going to do this again some day, I hope): Yesterday I decided to revisit...
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