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7/16 Red Line Construction Update

7/16 Red Line Construction Update
Much of the major construction on the Red Line project is now wrapping up. I was able to take a few photos of the 52nd and College station last night, as well as the new pole and “No Left Turn” sign at 51st and College: Additionally, Chris Corr sent some photos of the 54th and College station: Here’s the IndyGo email for the week: All Corridors * PLEASE BE AWARE THAT “NO PARKING” SIGNS ARE ENFORCEABLE. New traffic signals have been installed at multiple locations along the corridor and will become operational over the next few weeks. College Avenue, Meridian Street, and...
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An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets

An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets
Last year, I wrote an article about the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development’s seeming devotion to neighborhood land use plans. This is still an ongoing issue, as mid-block duplex proposals keep getting denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This is a sure-fire way to raise housing costs, and stifle the growth of our burgeoning transit system. And now, they are not even listening to their own advice regarding land use plans. Witness a few bullet points, starting on the 15th page of the latest MDC Staff Report: This request would rezone the site from the D-5 District to...
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Red Line Construction Update: 7/8/2019

Red Line Construction Update: 7/8/2019
This week, our feature photo is at the State Capitol, from Joe Smoker:   We also have a few photos from several weeks ago from Chris Corr: Here’s the IndyGo weekly e-mail: New This Week All Corridors * PLEASE BE AWARE THAT “NO PARKING” SIGNS ARE ENFORCEABLE. New traffic signals have been installed at multiple locations along the corridor and will become operational over the next few weeks.   Capitol Avenue Pavement markings are being installed on Capitol Avenue between 18th and Washington Streets. Work will occur mostly...
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Residential Solar Power

Residential Solar Power
The current 30% federal tax credit for installing solar panels will go down each year before being eliminated in 2022. Join the Solar United Neighbors co-op by July 31st, 2019 to get a bulk rate on installation. There’s no obligation.   Saving money Whether or not you want to save the environment, you almost certainly want to save money on electricity. The best way to do either is to reduce your usage — more efficient light bulbs and appliances, turning off things you’re not using, line drying clothes, etc. – but solar panels can help a lot, too. How much depends on a lot of...
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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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