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Some links for the last day of 2007: A story from a few months ago on a rehabilitation of a large building at 34th and Central known as Constitution Gardens. I have not seen this mentioned elsewhere, but I believe it’s quite significant. I drive past it often on my way to work, and it could be an attractive property. High-quality historical pictures of Indy from the Skyscraper City Forum. We must not forget what has been lost. IBJ’s outgoing article with Mayor Peterson. Peterson mentions that the Indy Greenprint would have been a major focal point for this term. I can only hope...
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New Casa Verde Projects

Indy’s first green builder, Casa Verde, has released some new projects on their website. They include: A renovated apartment building at 22nd and Broadway. There will be 11 low-moderate income units, as well as 2 at market rate. Jackson Place townhomes in Columbus. A retail center at 22nd and Delaware. I have heard from a person formerly involved with the project that “strip mall” is a misnomer and it will be built up to the sidewalk. This project looks quite green. A medical office in Haughville. I wish their projects the greatest success. Photo: Casa Verde, LLC Social...
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IBJ Story on New Urbanist project in Bloomington

The Indianapolis Business Journal has a report (including 10 photos) on a new urbanist project in Bloomington. The article is generally positive and features the developer as someone willing to engage the community rather than fight it. Another nice point was the exposing of the silly zoning standards that exist in nearly every city in Indiana. The exchange goes as follows: Press needed community support. The development, though consistent with the surrounding area, was inconsistent with Bloomington zoning standards, which called for suburban-style development. The lot sizes, setbacks from the...
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Randomly Miscellaneous

Inspiration for new posts has been dwindling lately. Hopefully, the new year will bring a renewed spirit, and the new mayoral staff can continue the momentum for green projects. Here’s some Friday links: A fine article on Goose The Market from an unlikely source. BTW, Sufjan Stevens rocks. A special section on the new Library in the Star. It’s a beautiful facility, and unlike other modernist libraries, it looks functional as well. (That Czech design has to be the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen). My only complaint is that I would like to see more green design elements, because...
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‘Tis the season

This post is probably about 3 weeks late, but I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage folks to shop locally for Christmas. I must admit that I have fallen in to the trap of hitting Borders and Circle Centre Mall downtown for gifts for the male figures in my life, but if you’re shopping for a female or a child, you could easily find quality gifts without the corporate guilt, especially on Mass Ave, Broad Ripple, and Fountain Square. Hopefully in the future it will be easier to find “guy stuff” at a local place. I’m tired of Borders asking me if I have a reward card with...
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