On April 1st, the Broad Ripple Facebook fan page posted about a new large parking garage located on College Avenue. The post was simply an April Fools joke, but it unleashed a barrage of excited replies. Naturally, I found this frustrating. I imagine that many of the people who are longing for a parking garage don’t want to actually pay for their spot. There are plenty of $5 lots around the area that have empty spaces, and I doubt if a garage would be much cheaper than that for an all-night spot. In addition, one can always park along the street to the south a few blocks away and walk.
Instead of continuing to beat my head against the wall in battle that I can’t win, I would like to propose an alternative: The Broad Ripple Circulator Bus. Run a bus at regular intervals in the evening from Glendale Mall to Broad Ripple and back via Kessler and Broad Ripple Avenue. Glendale has more parking spaces than they know what to do with, and would even serve to benefit from the increased exposure.
Bus stops should be well lit and distinguished from Indygo stops. There can be limited stops along the way so that a person who lives in the area can take advantage of this service.
This is a relatively simple idea which utilizes many resources we already have in place. I invite you to mention any other solutions you may have in the comments.