Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Oct 30th, 2014 | 0 comments
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...
Posted by Shayla in Neighborhoods
on Oct 27th, 2014 | 8 comments
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...
Posted by Joe Smoker in Neighborhoods
on Oct 23rd, 2014 | 16 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development
on Oct 20th, 2014 | 1 comment
It has been about 2 years since the last quick hits post, but infill keeps happening, so here’s some of the proposals that Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has been hearing recently:
The biggest news recently was the approval of the Fire Fighter’s Credit Union Proposal. Fortunately, they have downsized the proposed parking lot to make room for a future art space fronting College Avenue. I wish this new lot didn’t have a curb cut along St. Clair, and instead used the existing alley. However, I will accept that their compromise is an improvement. Linked below is the image...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Oct 16th, 2014 | 6 comments
Developer Craig Von Deylen has applied for a zoning variance on the Near South Side along Madison Avenue (page 7) to construct an apartment complex in an empty lot. Interestingly, the Concord Community Plan calls for commercial property to be installed at this location, however, the staff report mentions the large quantity of unused commercial real estate in the area. It’s a good idea to adjust to current demands for accommodating residential infill, which is a more promising market at this time. Shown below is a Preliminary Site Plan and rendering:
The land use plan is relatively standard...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling
on Oct 9th, 2014 | 3 comments
The numbers for the first 6 months of the Pacers Bikeshare are in, and the program appears to be a success in comparison to a larger bike share in Denver. These numbers are nice to see, as they show that there is a demand for alternative modes of travel in the downtown area. A successful bikeshare like the one centered around the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will help to encourage future expansion.
However, I do think this data should be read with a bit more caution. It does not prove that Indianapolis is a greener city than Denver, as the Indy Star article suggests. What it does prove is that this...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Oct 2nd, 2014 | 1 comment
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ride my bicycle on the newest portion of the White River Trail. According to the city’s link, this trail extends from 30th Street to the Indianapolis Zoo, but the southern extension to Raymond Street has actually been completed for months. It already shows up on Google Maps (pan down a few frames to find the extension).
The trail is a great opportunity to play tourist in your own town, featuring panoramic views of the downtown skyline. There are nice historical markers in place that were designed by the late Eric Fulford.
Most of the ride is quite...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Sep 30th, 2014 | 23 comments
An interesting new proposal has been posted on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Council website for a mixed-use 4 story building fronting Massachusetts Avenue. The address for the lot is actually 333 N Delaware. The parking lot will remain on Delaware for now, but this building looks promising to me:
Here is the site plan. Note the potential for curb bump out where the silly pedestrian island currently sits. Removing these dedicated and lightly-used turns for vehicles will only help Mass Ave’s pedestrian infrastructure:
The rest of the renderings are shown below:
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Sep 29th, 2014 | 10 comments
Tomorrow evening, Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns is making an appearance at The Hall at 6:00 PM. Marohn has been a advocate for better planning practices for years, and does a fine job of boiling down complicated subjects into easily digestible snippets on his many youtube videos. I plan on attending tomorrow night to see what he has to say about Indianapolis, and I hope to see other fans of Urban Indy...
Posted by Shayla in Neighborhoods, New Development, Transit
on Sep 24th, 2014 | 9 comments
Thursday September 25, city leaders, members of the IndyGo executive board and MPO will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Downtown Transit Center. Situated on the Southeast corner of Washington and Delaware, the transit center will be the new hub for buses that travel downtown. This edifice will be a much needed and welcomed alternative to the current cluster along Ohio Street. At this point, only certain details regarding the design, costs, and retail center have been released to the public. The center will have 20 bus bays, bicycle racks, and general seating inside. However,...