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Haven’t had a link thread for a while. Fresh Market opens a few blocks from my house. I’m a lucky man. Despite the name, Fresh Market is not big on local produce, but I’d recommend getting that a few blocks down 54th Street. High(er) gas prices are getting people to rethink the exurban experiment. I think there have been about 1000 articles about this issue in the past few months. Good. I would like more people to read From Brown To Green. This guy knows a lot more about stuff than yours truly. I dig this infill project in Fletcher Place. It seems like it’s been...
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A tour of the Monon trail

The Monon Trail has been, by most accounts, a success. There have been a few bouts of crime on the trail south of 38th Street; however, where it succeeds is in shining a light on an area that had been largely neglected. I wish to focus on some of the potential (some of which is already being realized). We’ll start with perhaps my favorite building of the whole trip: the former stables of Polk Sanitary Milk Company, south of 16th St:This building at 16th and the Monon is ripe for conversion: A former school on 16th. I’m not sure of its fate. The Martindale on the Monon Project has fixed...
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Snapshot: Why we are so car dependent

Here’s a small example that I have cut from the 2006 Aerial photos of Indianapolis. It’s pretty self-explanatory, and it’s something that was mentioned in the landmark book Suburban Nation. Even houses that are geographically right next door to a commercial building are usually separated by a fence or...
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HOME Project

I’ve recently had the privilege of a conversation with a person involved with a new program in the city to promote green building guidelines. The project is called HOME and it is designed to provide quality green housing(pdf) at affordable prices. The buildings are designed by Tyson Domer of Hundredyear consulting. As of now, there is one current rehab underway in the SEND neighborhood, as well as two new proposals; one in King Park, the other in Mapleton-Fall Creek. The goal of the program is to incrementally increase its scope, so that eventually they can instill these guidelines on all new...
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Great Indy Neighborhoods

There are some newer neighborhood plans up on the Great Indy Neighborhoods site. I encourage readers to check them out. I hope to post more information about this project (as well as some other relevant topics) in the near future. For now, see these plans (they take a few minutes to download).
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