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Bush Stadium Redevelopment

Bush Stadium Redevelopment
Once one of the most interesting redevelopment dilemmas in the city, Bush Stadium has been successfully saved and converted into apartments.  This old home of the Indianapolis Indians was counted as down and almost out, but it is breathing with new life.   Last week I had a chance to snap some photos of the southwest section, which can be seen here: The renovation and stadium apartments look solid, and the building should continue to serve the near westside for many generations to come. Unfortunately, the stadium is surrounded by apartments that look to be more at home out past I-465.  My one...
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Welcome to ‘Market East’

Welcome to ‘Market East’
Today, the City, behind Mayor Greg Ballard, announced a new downtown district which represents the culmination of years of work and a number of recent project announcements. Roughly bounded to the north by New York Street, to the south by the railroad tracks, to the west by Delaware Street and to the east by, well, East Street, Market East will provide a unique setting among Indy’s existing cultural districts.   Unlike the existing cultural districts, Market East will feature a rare experience for Indy. The district will be among the largest collection of modern structures in downtown...
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Monon Pointe

Monon Pointe
Another day, another post about a new Chipotle in Indianapolis. This building replaces a former stand-alone liquor store in Broad Ripple, and it appears to be successful for the most part.  And, yes, it will also house a Chipotle, just like the last post that I made. Here’s the view from the 1001 Food + Drink parking lot: From the southwest corner: From the north side: It does appear that the building does not embrace the Monon Trail as much as it could have. Thankfully, though, the front door is on Broad Ripple Avenue, and not the parking lot: What do you...
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Indianapolis Bikeshare Program Details Announced

Indianapolis Bikeshare Program Details Announced
The Indianapolis Bikeshare program was revealed last Friday at well attended press conference in the Fountain Square cultural district where it was announced that the program will launch in just a few short weeks – Tuesday April 22nd is go live day! We are seeing stations already being placed throughout downtown.  This is the one just outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bikes may be checked out between 5:30 am and midnight 12 months of the year.  There are two types of memberships – daily & annual.  The below graphic does a great job of outlining the charges for each.   As...
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Building Small

Building Small
I’m a huge fan of the new building to house a Chipotle on Washington Street downtown. So much so that I’ve taken photos of it in various stages of completion.  Here it was last September: Here it is as of Friday, March 28th: A major advantage that this site has over the larger projects around town is its location in between two long-standing buildings. The architects of Chipotle building didn’t have to worry about the appearance 2 of the 4 facades.  This shows the importance of preserving old buildings around town that make use of the entire parcel.   Another unique aspect of...
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Moving Forward with BRT

Moving Forward with BRT
Now that SEA 176, better known as the mass transit bill, has been signed into law, the real work begins for transit advocates to push support for the Indy Connect plan.  As we all know, SEA 176 prohibits light rail.  It does not, however, prohibit heavy rail or commuter rail.  But that’s another post for another time.  The only alternatives studied by mass transit planners were light rail and bus rapid transit.  Therefore, to complement the plan’s enhanced regular bus system, the five proposed rapid transit routes will be bus rapid transit (BRT).   BRT, as defined by the National BRT...
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Public Meeting to Discuss Midtown TIF District

Public Meeting to Discuss Midtown TIF District
The Midtown TIF district is a bit of a hot-button issue around town. The Midtown Economic Council will host a public meeting on Thursday to discuss some of the aspects of a few major proposals, including the potential Whole Foods and the transformation of Tarkington Park.  More information about the meeting can be found via this...
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Finally…..Mass Transit Bill Passed

Finally…..Mass Transit Bill Passed
Last night, the Indiana General Assembly closed the 2014 session by passing SB176, otherwise known as the central Indiana mass transit bill.  After being scaled back, stripped, and amended here and there, an effort three years in the making now heads to Governor Pence for final approval before being placed on the ballot this fall for local voter approval.  Voters will finally have the option of approving an income tax increase, of anywhere between 0.1 and 0.25 percent, to help cover the operating costs of expanded transit in their counties.  The following counties are eligible for participation...
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Georgia Street Programming

Georgia Street Programming
The Georgia Street transformation has been completed for a few years now, so it’s a good time to look at how the public space is faring.  This was an exciting project when it was first announced, but there was a major issue with its sustained success: most of the buildings that faced it had never really taken advantage of foot traffic.  I’m not sure if that aspect has changed that much in the past 2 years.  However, with the Indy Star taking over the top 2 floors of the former Nordstrom Space, there is hope that they will be able to open up the building a bit. The good news is that the...
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Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out

Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues. Building...
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