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August 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

August 2015 Desktop Wallpaper
It’s been over a year since Urban Indy had a Desktop Wallpaper. Curt Ailes has been in Portland since that time, and his photography and photoshop skills have yet to be replaced for us. This is our first attempt at rekindling the tradition, taken on a perfect summer day last week by yours truly. Urban Indy blogger Joe Smoker helped me out by putting the calendar and logo stamp below it. We will happily accept future submissions to the desktop wallpaper tradition. This photo is a square as it was post-processed via Instagram, but it makes a lot more sense for a wallpaper than it did when it was...
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Vision Zero for Indianapolis

Vision Zero for Indianapolis
2015 is sadly shaping up to be a poor year for pedestrian safety in Indianapolis. Today, there has already been a crash on the south side with a person listed in critical condition. My fear is that it may end up being the worst year on record for deaths and injuries, as it seems to be an almost daily occurrence. It happens all over town, but it always seems to be the worst in places where cars are moving the fastest and pedestrians are a rarer sight. Last month, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Crestview and Kessler Boulevard. This portion of Kessler has no...
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Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware

Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware
By almost any measure, the redevelopment of Fall Creek Place has been a resounding success. Building upon a $4M Homeownership Zone Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and leveraged through $20M from a Tax Increment Financing district that upgraded neighborhood infrastructure, the plan quickly found footing in the early 2000s and transformed “Dodge City” into the beautiful, walkable neighborhood we see today. Homes are still being built on Broadway St. on some of the last remaining parcels available in Phase 4, a section not originally planned but added after...
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Indy Connect: Red Line Update

Indy Connect: Red Line Update
Indy’s Plan2020 has posted a link to an updated version of the proposed Red Line between Westfield and Greenwood. That’s right, Westfield, who’s mayor has been a consistent supporter of transit, is included in the newest configuration. Here’s the latest map (shown in 20 parts) There’s more information out there, including this pdf which is meant to be seen in poster form. The boards are currently on display in the Old City Hall, along with 8 other locations around town. I particularly like the second board, which lays out the economic data that supports the need...
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2015 Multi-Use Path Round-up

2015 Multi-Use Path Round-up
After a bit of a lull, this looks to be a big year in multi-use paths around the city. While Indianapolis is still struggling with the basics of street design,  we seem to be more successful in building these off-street paths. There are at least five that are either under construction or planned for 2015. Eagle Creek Greenway: Construction is well underway on the Eagle Creek Greenway in Pike Township. We had a guest post on this trail a few months ago, and the writer of that post sent us some updated photos from last weekend: Pennsy Trail: The Pennsy Trail construction plans to connect the Pleasant...
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Complete Streets Ordinance Update

Complete Streets Ordinance Update
Three years ago this summer, the City-County Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in a unanimous vote, joining hundreds of cities nationwide that chose to commit to accessibility for all modes and abilities in their transportation planning. Shortly afterwards, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition recognized Indianapolis’ ordinance as the top Complete Streets ordinance out of nearly 130 policies adopted nationwide that year. The city has committed to this policy, but how has it been playing out in the implementation stage? Are the improvements on the ground living up...
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Friday Fun

Friday Fun
Graffiti can be a tricky subject for me. I love freedom of expression and art, but I don’t love defacing public or private property. Most graffiti in Indianapolis is simply thoughtless tagging, similar to how a dog marks his territory while on a walk. Of course, the paint stays much longer. Sometimes, however, graffiti can make you think or laugh. Banksy is the king of this, but there are others around. This tag in Indy isn’t on Banksy’s level, but at least it is on a place that appears to be mostly harmless: A temporary jersey barrier lining Market Street in between the Cummins...
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TheIndyShow.net Podcast

TheIndyShow.net Podcast
A few weeks ago, I was able to contribute to the inaugural episode of The Indy Show Podcast, hosted by Justin Harter and also featuring Urban Indy contributor Joe Smoker. We cover a variety of topics relevant to the website. Link to the podcast can be seen here. Feel free to give some feedback and some ideas for future...
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Socialization Saves Places

Socialization Saves Places
Recently a new movement has started in historic preservation circles called “Beer Saves Places.” It certainly sounds like a movement that I can get behind. I like beer, and I like historic places, so what’s not to like? The first meeting was in Indiana City Brewery, just south of Washington Street. This building actually used to house another brewery, the bottling house of Home Brewing Company: Recently, another new brewery has popped up, this time in an old Catholic church located at College and North Streets. I was fortunate enough to visit recently, and I was really impressed. Of...
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On Indianapolis Art Museum’s Campus Bicycle Ban

On Indianapolis Art Museum’s Campus Bicycle Ban
Arriving to the campus of the Indianapolis Art Museum by bicycle from the Central Canal Towpath has long been one of my favorite experiences of living in the city. Unfortunately, in an initiative that started along with their new admission charge, they have disallowed bicycle access to the front door. The path labeled as “Stroller access to 100 Acres” in the map below is now cut off at the top of the hill with gates: They’ve also blocked the pedestrian and bicycle entrance at 42nd Street, which went over a neat old bridge that crossed an interurban track: So, without access to the...
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