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Neighborhood Infill Development Updates

A few new remodel and infill projects have hit the newswire recently, many of them featuring “green”, energy saving construction. Nuvo updates us on a remodel of the landmark Gramse building. Eastern Fountain Square is getting a major boost with the Millard Fuller Legacy Build 2010 program. (The comments in the article are frighteningly similar to the unhelpful ones found in the IndyStar). Crown Hill neighborhood is planning a similar transformation with help from the Children’s Museum. It seems that we are seeing more of this type of development lately. I hope it can...
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Packed Event Calendar in November

Unfortunately, I no longer have an events calendar on this blog. I didn’t like the way it was displayed through Google/Blogger, and I also had a tough time keeping up with events. November seems to have a good deal of intriguing events dealing with urban sustainability issues. The Spirit and Place Festival in particular is jam-packed. Here’s a brief rundown: November 2: Doug Tallamy presents a lecture on how gardening can sustain wildlife at Clowes Hall. November 3: Open House at the downtown location of Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning. November 8:...
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Broad Ripple Brewpub goes Solar

Broad Ripple Gazette has an article about the conservation ethic behind the BRBP. Combining beer with a forward-thinking business plan is something I can get behind. There are actually quite a few interesting items mentioned in the article. Spent grain feeds cattle for local farmers. They already utilize major energy saving measures. Front and center, there is a humongous bike rack. Finally, they reused a defunct building and made it feel like it’s always been there. Kudos to the BRBP.
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16th and Central: a case study, but only if we learn from it.

The IBJ has posted an article regarding the Kroger and Caravelle Commons. The article mentions the non-urban form and dead-end streets of the apartments. These are good points. However, I’m not sure if we have yet learned this lesson, as non-urban apartments and housing complexes are still under development in Marion County. This is a brand new apartment complex in Washington Township. This was formerly a forest. There is currently only one entrance, a surprisingly long access road from the north shown here: Presumably they will connect extend this access road either south or west, through...
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Indy Winter Farmers Market needs support tonight

I have been forwarded an e-mail from the person in charge of the Winter Farmers Market. I will be attending and I will post it here for anyone who is interested: Dear friends (this is a long email, but please read all the way through – it’s important),Thanks to those who have sent letters of support. However, the ante has been raised andthe Indy Winter Farmers Market needs your support at the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission meeting tonight. Despite the overwhelming support of the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association in a vote of membership last Tuesday, one individual...
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