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Bipartisan Panel to Discuss Energy Initiatives

On January 7, a panel will convene to discuss our energy future, from 7:30 to 9 at Epworth UMC at 6450 Allisonville Road. It should be a good opportunity to learn about initiatives in the State.
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Shelby Street

I took these pics on one of the hottest days of the year in late June. It was so hot that I had a difficult time dealing with it, so I stopped taking pictures. I’ve been holding on to them, thinking I would add to the collection. Well, as you can guess, I haven’t yet. Regardless, here they are. Here’s to thinking warm (but not absolutely swealtering) thoughts this...
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Missed opportunity in Fountain Square?

Recently there have been some grumblings over on Skyscraper City about the new project to reconfigure Fountain Square’s main intersection. I haven’t visited recently to see for myself, but the first two developments are disturbing. First, they made the historically accurate fountain inaccessible to pedestrians. As mentioned in the comments, this was a great opportunity to create another Monument Circle-type environment. Second, and perhaps more egregious if it is a permanent development, the lane of parking on west-bound Prospect was removed. Crossing the street is already dangerous...
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100th post for 2009: In praise of Monument Circle

In this blog, I have spent a good deal of time talking about areas for improvement and new proposals. However, I have not properly addressed the place that works best in this city, Monument Circle. It is the historic focal point that basically shuns most of the traffic-based planning decisions that have been common throughout the rest of the city. The bricks, along with the tall Monument itself, cause a visual cue for vehicles to slow down. There are no stop signs, or traffic lights. Many of the buildings that face the Monument curve to provide a wall, to make it feel like you are in an...
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Placemaking In Meridian Kessler, part III

Now on to the final part of my series on Placemaking in Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. It has been a fun process. Here are 6 opportunities to improve the neighborhood. Apologies for not making it to 10, but I didn’t want to dilute the list too much. If anyone else has a unique idea, I’d be glad to add it to the list. 1. Better Mass Transit options. I’ve been trying to avoid actually ranking items while making this list, but the obvious number one opportunity for the neighborhood (and the city in general) is to improve on our skeletal bus system. I would love a street car on...
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