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.
Presumably they will connect extend this access road either south or west, through more forest. Regardless, this complex will be an island, nowhere near any place the residents can walk. Obviously a forest is different from the King Park neighborhood, but there is no guarantee that this model of development will be any more successful than Urban Renewal schemes were in the 1970s. Let’s look at a less-recent development in Center Township:
Fortunately, there is a newer development in Center Township that takes a page from the New Urbanist handbook, Red Maple Grove:
The streets are integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods, and there are alleys. It may not be a perfect representation of urbanism, but it is at least noticeable that they have attempted to be good neighbors. Interestingly, previously located on this site were suburban-style apartments similar to the ones that are under fire at the beginning of this post. It seems that the mistakes of the 1960′s and 1970′s are plainly in view. It’s time to stop making those mistakes in Marion County.