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Douglass Pointe Lofts

The Douglass Pointe Lofts at 25th and Delaware is my favorite new project in the city. I’m no architect, but to my untrained eyes they relate well to the street. They manage to look like they have been there for a while, without looking faux-historical. They are mixed use, and bring a street presence back to an area that just over 5 years ago was a run-down and dangerous place. Goose The Market, meanwhile, is the star tenant, selling quality locally-grown goods that had previously been difficult (impossible?) to find anywhere in the city. Just think what Chatham Arch residents may be...
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Downtown Project proposals

After focusing in projects under construction last week, this post will list proposed projects Downtown. Because of the change at the mayor’s office, I’m not sure if any of these projects have a confirmed groundbreaking yet. Ralston Square, a midrise just south of the tracks. They are going for a green roof and LEED-certification with this project, which will be mixed use. SODO will attempt to capitalize on Lucas Oil Stadium and provide a large entertainment and shopping venue. Penn Centre, pictured at the top of the post, is a planned hotel in the parking lot across from Conseco...
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Randomly Miscellaneous

Friday links: Indygo introduces the Green Line express shuttle from downtown to the airport. This is something I’ve wanted for a while. Shout-out to the Green-Lemonade blog, which deserves more traffic. I really like their “green gift” ideas as well as the challenge they took a while ago to only eat local food for a month. One of the 2 bloggers lives here in Indy. An update (pdf warning) in the Urban Times about the new Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful headquarters in Fountain Square. An anonymous donor saved the...
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Downtown Project update

There is a large number of projects either under construction or planned downtown. I’ll start with those under construction today; look for planned developments soon. The main branch of the Library, which is set to open in a few weeks. Looks quite nice, hopefully all that money and wasted time will be worth it. Lucas Oil Stadium, still on schedule to open August 8 of next year with the Drum Corps International event. I’m concerned about the necessity of a hugely expensive sports stadium when we have a dire need for better public schools and mass transit infrastructure. However, I hope...
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Lacking Options

Last weekend, I went down to Bloomington to watch the Oaken Bucket game. The trip from the north side of Indianapolis to Bloomington took around 3 hours total, with only one quick stop for gas and ice. Traffic was a mess, with a major back-up at nearly every major traffic light along the way. There is a great deal of angst on the IU Football Forum over traffic control issues as well as roads that can not handle the amount of out-of-town fans a big game can generate. Of course, as a general rule, people are calling for additional lanes to the roads to help the flow. This seems strange to take...
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