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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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Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan
The Meridian Kessler neighborhood is currently updating its zoning guidelines for the first time since the late 1970s. This plan has been released for initial review, and can be viewed on this webpage. I’ve also uploaded a copy here. The main focus for this plan that is of interest to Urban Indy is to discuss the future of the commercial nodes within the neighborhood. This included possible traffic calming measures, which are discussed in detail on Appendix C. The plan map also included the neighborhood’s first potential park, located at 42nd Street and the Monon Trail. Public comments on...
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Indy’s Cultural Trail Turns Two Years Old

Indy’s Cultural Trail Turns Two Years Old
It has been lauded as one of the best examples of new bicycle infrastructure in the United States and since it’s right in my back yard, I thought I’d share some pictures as well as my thoughts on Indy’s Cultural Trail as it celebrates its second anniversary. Officially known as the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Eugene and Marilyn Glick, the ICT is both a transportation resource and tourist attraction.  It officially opened in May, 2013 and since then I’ve covered every inch of its eight miles on more than one occasion. It took a while for me to get really excited...
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New Milhaus Elevations at College and St. Clair

New Milhaus Elevations at College and St. Clair
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Council has released their May portfolio, which includes a number of new infill houses, along with some new elevations for the Milhaus proposal for the corner of College and St. Clair Streets. It looks to be a solid proposal: The IHPC case is currently regarding the incorporation of the garage cover grate on the south end, which is displayed below: I hope this continues to build up the critical intersection at St. Clair and...
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First Blue Indy Car Share Stations Announced

First Blue Indy Car Share Stations Announced
The city of Indianapolis has announced the first car share stations for Blue Indy. The deal now plans to tap parking meter revenue instead of an IPL rate hike, but the new deal has also come under fire. Regardless of the messy process behind this deal, I thought it’d be good to visualize the first proposed stations, so I made a map of them and linked it below: I’m surprised Butler University, the Airport, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are not included in the initial launch. What other glaring omissions can you think of? Please keep in mind that there should be more installed at a...
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