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Red Line Public Meetings begin next week

Red Line Public Meetings begin next week
With the Red Line approaching the final stages of planning, the Department of Public Works and IndyGo is holding a series of meetings for public input. We encourage the public to attend and express support for expanding transit options here in Indianapolis. Dates, times, and locations are listed below. I’m hoping to attend the one at the College Avenue Library next...
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Mixed Use Apartment Proposal for Fountain Square

Mixed Use Apartment Proposal for Fountain Square
A new proposal has been filed with the Indianapolis Department of Development for a multi-story mixed-use building on Prospect Street, just east of Santorini. The developer is Jackson Development, with architecture from Blackline: There are some quibbles, namely a lack of landscaping along Prospect. But overall, this is a relatively solid infill...
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New on Urban Indy: A Public Transportation Comparison, by Brad Gottschlich

New on Urban Indy: A Public Transportation Comparison, by Brad Gottschlich
This is the second post in the series from citizens who support the Indy Connect Referendum:     As an undergraduate at Ball State University I participated in a summer-long study abroad in the summer of 2010 near Munich, Germany, and lived with a host family there. Not a day went by that summer without interaction with public transportation as my primary means of getting around – with some ease I might add. This was a lesson that stuck with me upon my return to Indiana. In 2013, I was working as a post-undergraduate intern at the Indiana State Senate and the issues surrounding central...
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New Mixed-Use Structure Proposed for Mass Ave’s East End

New Mixed-Use Structure Proposed for Mass Ave’s East End
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has posted renderings of a small, 3 story tall infill building next to the former R Bistro on the East End of Mass Avenue:   These are the types of infill projects that are the signs of a healthy corridor. Historically, there used to be a similar sized building on this lot, but it is much rarer to see new construction of this type of...
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New Series: Guest Posts in Support of Indy Connect’s Mass Transit Referendum

New Series: Guest Posts in Support of Indy Connect’s Mass Transit Referendum
Urban Indy is partnering with the new Transit Drives Indy website to promote the Indy Connect ballot referendum, which will appear before the full City Council on Monday, May 9th at 7 pm in the City County Building. We intend to run a series of blog posts from citizens in support of the plan. Our first guest post is from Kallan Carr: As a Midtown resident, I love everything about my neighborhood. My husband and I bought our home at 46th and Carrollton because we wanted to enjoy all aspects of city life in Indianapolis. We love to walk to restaurants, the store, bike to Broad Ripple and enjoy all the...
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Announcing new area meetup called Strong Indianapolis

Announcing new area meetup called Strong Indianapolis
I am very excited to officially announce a new area meetup called Strong Indianapolis that seeks to empower a local community of like-minded individuals who care about Indianapolis and want to see it flourish. We seek to continually make sure that Indianapolis is a livable, sustainable and desirable city for all people who live or just visit. What exactly does that mean? Let me give you some history about it and myself that might help explain things. I’ve lived in Indianapolis for over ten years, first having moved here from Milwaukee to attend college at Butler University. Due to my career...
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Downtown Hotel Proposed for Meridian and South Street

Downtown Hotel Proposed for Meridian and South Street
The Regional Center Board has heard a proposal for a new hotel, to be located at the corner of Meridian and South Streets. This area of downtown is currently a massive parking lot crater, so the infill would be welcome here. Unfortunately, the land use and design of the hotel leaves a bit to be desired: This is basically a parking garage with a small hotel attached to the top of it. The portion of the site plan dedicated to street level parking is entirely too high at this location. I suppose a positive argument for providing this much parking is that there is so much other land nearby that can...
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9th Anniversary of Urban Indy: Time for a Site Update

9th Anniversary of Urban Indy: Time for a Site Update
Today marks the 9th Anniversary of the first post on Urban Indy. It’s a good time time for an update on the status of the blog. I’m sure readers have noticed that posts on this site have dropped quite a bit. Unfortunately due to work and family restraints, I have been unable to make weekly posts like I did in the past. I’m hopeful that there will be some upcoming changes that will make blogging easier for me, but at the moment it is difficult. I’m still on the outlook for other dedicated citizens who are able to contribute to the blog with posts. There is still good discussion...
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10th and Park’s 4th Phase Swaps Flats for Condos

10th and Park’s 4th Phase Swaps Flats for Condos
In a partial follow-up to a post from April of 2015, Milhaus has applied to switch the final phase of its project at 10th and Park from flats to condominiums. They will match the style on the northern end of the unit: This is intriguing as it represents fewer units overall for the project. It will go from housing 28 flat-style units to 13 condos. This is mixed news, but it does mean less density in a downtown block. There does appear to be a new trend downtown for parcels to get more and more valuable that invite mega-large houses or a smaller condo. Further south in Chatham Arch, a long-delayed...
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Why College Avenue is Right for the Red Line

Why College Avenue is Right for the Red Line
First, the good news: The Red Line has made the DOT’s budget proposal that will go before congress this year. If all goes well, construction could start next year on the first all-electric Bus Rapid Transit program in the country. This is big. Naturally, there has a been a bit of pushback about this plan. The most common refrain mentions a support of transit, but that College Avenue should not be the route that the Red Line takes on the north side, and that it should be put somewhere else. There are a few problems that come up with this line of argument: College Avenue was the site of the last...
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