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Open question: What can be done with West Street?

Currently, West Street presents a 6-lane barrier between downtown and the White River State Park/IUPUI area.  Crossing it on foot feels like it should be more of a sprint than a walk, and I’ve never felt comfortable doing so.  The crosswalks do have generous crossing times, but mentally, the line-up of idling vehicles seems like it could bust out at any moment.  Despite (or, perhaps, because of) its width, it still backs up with traffic during peak times.  Is this street simply a necessary evil that follows along with our lack of transit? West Street does have a few benefits going for it. ...
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MDC Hearing Results – August 18

MDC Hearing Results – August 18
See below for the Commission Rulings of the August 18th MDC Hearing. Cases with public hearings and full staff reports will always be reported here. For the results of all other cases before the MDC on August 18th, see this document. Address: 5735 Birtz Road (Approximate Address) Township: Lawrence Case: Modification of the D-P statement for 2007-ZON-046 to modify Sections 3.2.7 and 2.3.1 to provide for building lines of 27 and 22 feet from the back of the curb of Birtz Road and Hawkins venue, respectively, with less than 80% of the building’s public face on the build-to line (required build-to...
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Remembering History in Fountain Square

One of my favorite works of art in the city is known as “Wishful Thinking“.  It’s located prominently on the edge of Interstate 65/70 which cuts through Fountain Square.  The sculpture contains three panels which tell the history of the neighborhood. The panel that faces southwest displays a map of the former street grid, which was decimated by the urban freeway: The other two panels contain photographs of the past and present in the neighborhood: It is tough to tell, but in the third photo, the panel is starting to shift to its nighttime display of blue lights. The...
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Mass Ave Criterium Wrap-Up

Mass Ave Criterium Wrap-Up
If you managed to somehow overlook the fact that a large portion of downtown Indy was blocked off for an all day bike race this past week, then here is your sign. The Mass Ave Criterium was held on Saturday August 14th in the Mass Ave area of downtown. The following wrap up is courteousy of Ben Hunt of the Indy Cog. Pictures are by your’s truly who managed to make it downtown for the very last race. Special thanks to my wife for giving into my crazy photo taking whims after what had been a long day in the heat. ————————- By: Ben Hunt -The Indy...
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Public Meeting tonight regarding Bike Lanes

Thanks to commenter Scott, I have become aware of a public meeting tonight at the Children’s Museum regarding new bicycle lanes.  More information about upcoming meetings in the Mapleton Fall-Creek area can be found here. Important Public Meeting Wednesday, August 18 from 6pm – 7pm at The Children’s Museum Welcome Center There will be a public meeting to discuss installing bike lanes on Illinois Street and Capital Avenue, from 16th Street to Westfield Boulevard. Representatives fromthe City of Indianapolis and Public Works will be on hand to present the plan. It is so rewarding to...
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