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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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Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019

Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019
I’ve had the intention to start a weekly Red Line BRT construction thread. Since construction is starting to happen closer to my neck of the woods, I should be able to get some photos pretty easily. If you have photos of construction elsewhere along the BRT line, please let me know in the comments, or e-mail them to me at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. Here’s 50th and College,, which has a new curb bump-out on the north side of the intersection, as well as new ADA ramps for the sidewalks. Pedestrians will be encouraged to cross College at 49th Street (see map below), so there is no...
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New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk

New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk
Recently via twitter, some residents alerted me about a new sidewalk closure that had to be seen to be believed. Sidewalk closures for construction are common around Indy, and I have yet to see accommodations made for pedestrians via temporary barriers placed on the street. Even the City County Building was guilty of this during the Lugar Plaza construction, and they should be the most aware of public needs of anyone. There’s usually a sign alerting people to cross the street before the closure, but to me, that’s not good enough. We can do better than that. And here’s an example...
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Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye

Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye
An important note: Urban Indy is planning on providing weekly construction updates for the Red Line. If you have any construction photos to share, please let me know at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. Construction has started in my neck of the woods for the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit project. With all construction projects, there will be adjustments to be made. However, some who are opposed are putting up an effort on opposing the line, arguing that the dedicated bus line will hurt response times of emergency vehicles. Actually, safety must be an option right now. If you’ve ever tried to...
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Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner

Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner
Now that Public Greens is open on the corner of NJ and Market, I figured it would be a good time to see the evolution of this corner, which less than a decade ago was an urban disaster. How bad was it in, say, 2007? This bad: The opposite corner was not any better. It was a surface parking lot for over a decade after the demolition of Market Square Arena: I also looked at the corner in 2011: The construction that is visible in the last photo is merely a gravel parking lot turning into a paved parking lot, to match the other paved lot on the north side of the street. Flash...
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Downtown Indianapolis Parking Lot Comparison: 2011 to 2018

Downtown Indianapolis Parking Lot Comparison: 2011 to 2018
Back in 2012, Curt Ailes posted an article containing a few maps of the surface parking lots downtown. After these maps came up on twitter, I figured that now would be a good time to compare the lots to what currently exists. First , I took the old lots and contrasted them with the new ones. The new configurations are shown in red below, whereas the 2011 parking lots are shown in blue: Next, the more interesting map for our purposes. The parking lots shown in red are the ones from 2011 , while the blue ones are the existing lots: There are fewer large blocks of...
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Indy Needs an Open, Public City Hall

Indy Needs an Open, Public City Hall
Recent History For most of the past 2 decades, Old City Hall was a jack-of-all trades. It was the site of the Indiana State Museum when I arrived here in 1999. Later, it became the temporary home of the Central Library, while the original one undertook an extensive renovation. After the library moved back to its original location, the City Hall saw several other temporary uses. During the 2012 Super Bowl, it housed a large public art exhibit called “Turf“. It was even home to Yelp’s Christmas Bazaar. Its most recent incarnation was as “The Hall”. The Department of...
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Helping with the Marion County Land Use Plan

Helping with the Marion County Land Use Plan
In the summer of 2018 I found myself sitting in a room with a small number of other people, making decisions about how land in Marion County should be used. I’m a computer person by trade with no background in land use planning. How did I end up here?   The Impetus The Long-Range Planning group in Indianapolis’ Department of Metropolitan Development had a challenge: Tasked with not only updating the balkanized and aged Marion County Land Use Plan, but in keeping with the vision of Plan 2020, which includes enabling the broader community to bring their expertise and interests to the task, how...
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The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut

The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut
I work on map layers for Indianapolis, and recently I’ve been updating the sidewalk layer. Something that really jumps out is a donut that’s about 6-8 miles out from the center of the city which has very few sidewalks. Aaron Renn of the Urbanophile might call this the new donut. There are some noted exceptions here, especially within the excluded cities of Beech Grove and Lawrence. But, the city went through a ~2 decade period of purposely not building new sidewalks. Much of that development lies within this donut: This area of the city was largely developed between the 1950’s and the...
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