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Strong Indy Meetup for June

Strong Indy Meetup for June
  Strong Indy will be having another monthly meetup happening a week early for the month of June on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM. We’ll be back to our more normal location at Rundell Ernstberger Associates. This month we’ll have the Indy MPO speaking to us about: · What is an Metropolitan Planning Organization? · Why a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? · Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures (the process to date) · Revenues · Projects and Project Prioritization · How do you get involved in an LRTP process? The MPO sets the spending priorities along with INDOT for a...
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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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Strong Indy Meetup for May

Strong Indy Meetup for May
Strong Indy, our local chapter of Strong Towns applied to our beloved city of Indianapolis, is having a very special monthly meeting this week on Thursday, May 18th. It’s being hosted by the Harrison Center for the Arts! Coming off some very strong (no pun intended) momentum from our last meetup and the success in supporting the Chatham Park development proposal, it’s time for another meetup! Join us at the Harrison Center where we’ll hear from Joanna Taft and what the Harrison Center is doing for creative placemaking and traffic calming along 16th street. Their efforts are...
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Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development

Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development
Urban blogs are used to defending their points of views from a more car-centric culture that prevails in many places in the US, and especially here in Indianapolis. But there is one major place where urban blogs receive a bit of pushback from those on the left side of the spectrum: Neighborhood infill, especially multi-story structures. There is an overriding fear that these larger projects will kill the culture of the neighborhood, or make it too expensive. And those are very legitimate concerns. This post intends to lay out my reasons for supporting most of these developments, or at least making them...
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Closing Time for Chatham Park? Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development

Closing Time for Chatham Park?  Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development
I’ve covered the evolution of the Chatham Park proposal multiple times on this blog, so it might seem like overkill to feature it yet again. But it isn’t. Why not? Because it hasn’t gone away. After multiple presentations before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC), it remains in an ambiguous state, neither approved nor disapproved. The IBJ covers the latest attempt thoroughly.  And, after the early-April meeting, it remains tabled, awaiting further changes until it meets the IHPC’s standards. In the meantime, we all get to look at the withering old school building, which...
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East Side Bike Ride Photo Review

East Side Bike Ride Photo Review
I hope that everyone who was able to attend our East Side Bike Ride enjoyed the trip. I had a great time meeting others who were interested in this topic. Here are some photos from the trip: Meeting in front of the 100 + year old Ford plant to discuss future plans: Joe Smoker from NEAR joined us to help inform on housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment: Enjoying the view from Highland Park: Thanks to Centerpoint Brewing for hosting the group at the end: Thanks again to all who came to this event. I hope to do this type of gathering again in the...
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Strong Indy Meetup this Thursday

Strong Indy Meetup this Thursday
Strong Indy, our local chapter of Strong Towns applied to our beloved city of Indianapolis, is having a very special monthly meeting this week on Thursday, April 20th. It’s being hosted by Big Car at the Tube Factory artspace in Garfield Park. We have the honor of having Cara Courage speak to us about her research in placemaking and her new book which includes a section about the efforts of Big Car in Garfield Park. She’s here in Indy to give a TEDx talk and is visiting from the UK. Find out more at her website: http://www.caracourage.net/ Other topics we’ll be covering...
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Urban Indy Turns 10: A Look Back, a Look Ahead

Urban Indy Turns 10: A Look Back, a Look Ahead
This website was born ten years ago on this date. When this blog first started, I was using actual film in an actual camera and scanning the photos. I took these particular photos to be developed at Cord Camera, which is now a fried chicken restaurant on Mass Avenue. I didn’t have a smart phone or a social media account, with the exception of MySpace. Urban Indy continued on as a solo project for a few years, then in 2010 I had some meetings with other bloggers to try to restart Urban Indy as a collaboration. We had a few really solid years, and some of this blogs best posts are from that era....
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Reminder: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary Bike Tour

Reminder: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary Bike Tour
This post is a reminder about the upcoming Urban Indy East Side Bike Ride. There should be a good crew of people on hand, including some who have knowledge about upcoming projects and proposals. Join us at 2 pm, Saturday, April 15th at the Old Ford Plant at 1301 East Washington Street. Please let me know if you plan on attending, either through commenting here, or by e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail.com
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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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