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Historic Neighborhood Infill Development

Historic Neighborhood Infill Development
Many urban neighborhoods have a need for infill construction, where homes that were lost to deterioration or other reasons must be replaced.  Here in Irvington we have a unique case where a gas explosion in 2004 eliminated three houses instantly and blew out windows in a one-block radius. (images from kipar-one here) In an explosion this bad, we are lucky that nobody died.  It’s actually a fun conversation topic to ask people in the neighborhood, I’ve heard several variants from “slept right through it” to “the coldest nights of my life, took a week to replace the...
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Paramount School of Excellence

Paramount School of Excellence
Last week, I was disc golfing in Brookside Park, when my friend pointed out the colorful new construction on the south side of the park. It turns out that this was the Paramount School of Excellence, which I mentioned on this blog last year.  The school has a ton of smart ideas: It’s located within the former Masonic Lodge.  A reuse will use less resources than a new construction. Easy to recognize from my photos are the wind turbines. The children will take part in planting a garden and help manage a pond. Robots!  Discovery Zones!  I believe that learning should be fun, especially in this...
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Parking Garage: Coming soon to a small scaled neighborhood near you!

The local media reported recently on an announcement by the city that they have chosen to lease the operation of metered parking to ACS, a private company out of Dallas, TX. Kirsten of Urban Indy reported on this previously before the announcement and discussed what it could mean for the future of parking. There were many things pointed out such as how this has failed cities like Chicago with the political will to do this on the city level. She has an analysis of the released proposal up now as well. Aaron Renn of the Urbanophile seems to be talking a lot about this lately in regards to Chicago,...
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ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns

ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns
NUVO’s Austin Considine* wrote an interesting article regarding the Mayor’s pick for the proposed parking system – Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS).  In addition to concerns related to ACS’s ties to Republican leadership in the state and a few privacy blunders, one sticky past project of ACS is causing concern among critics. Given the long-term nature of this contract, it’s a good time to consider the Mayor’s choice with care and seriousness. Remember when the Indiana government contracted with IBM and ACS to privatize aspects of the Family and Social Services...
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IndyGO’s S-Pass for IUPUI students, a great value

Fall semester started at IUPUI in downtown Indy this week. I will be taking some classes on campus. As such, transportation becomes a big issue. IUPUI being a commuter campus draws a lot of people from outside of the core of Indy and by extension, provide areas for those people to park their cars. The lack of a robust transit system forces the bulk of students to drive to school. I live just in bicycling range of school and as luck would have it, this year’s students were provided with (for free with tuition) the IndyGO S-Pass, which grants free trips on all of IndyGO’s fixed routes. If...
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