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The New Georgia Street: An Urban Design Crit.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis is currently getting an extreme makeover and turning large portions of its right-of way over to the pedestrian.  Announced in early May of this year, this project has been touted as the latest example of Indianapolis taking positive steps in turning their downtown into a more pedestrian friendly environment.  Taken together, the Cultural Trail and the Georgia Street makeover prove that Indianapolis is on the forefront of the pedestrianization acceleration movement sweeping across the United States.  New York has their...
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A Gateway Project for the Virginia Avenue Corridor?

A Gateway Project for the Virginia Avenue Corridor?
It’s been 16 months since it was first reported that the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) was considering a move from their original home at Senate Ave. and Vermont St. to Fletcher Place.  The potential location was an intriguing mixed-use development called Fletcher Place Arts, to be located on a piece of land along Virginia Ave. between Norwood St. and McCarty St.  The developer, Craig Von Deylen of Perkins VonDeylen Architects, proposed 56 1BR apartments with garage parking and 8,700 sq.ft. of commercial space along the Virginia Ave. frontage.  This would place the project...
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Multi-use Path coming to E. 62nd Street

Multi-use Path coming to E. 62nd Street
The DPW has a new non-automobile oriented multi-use path planned along 62nd street. The path once completed, will start and end at Keystone Ave and Allisonville Rd. It will also facilitate a safe path from Allisonville Road’s bike lanes across to Keystone and once restriped, down bike lanes that will be painted along Broad Ripple Ave. This should make a trip from the NE side to the Monon Trail, a much easier ride once completed. According to the DPW’s website, the project is set to begin in Spring of 2011 with wrap up occuring in the fall. The project will cost in the neighborhood of $1...
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Report from Railvolution & Portland

Report from Railvolution & Portland
In our everyday lives we get hung up on our normal habits. Whether you ride a bike, drive a car,ride the bus or simply walk to where you need to go, our daily habits become so ingrained in our daily habits that we don’t often think about how other communities are living. It was with this attitude that I drug my family off to Portland, OR last week to experience the city while I attended the Railvolution conference. What we experienced, was a city that in many ways resembles our hometown of Indianapolis in appearance but differs greatly in form when examined further. The first notion that things...
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The Di Rimini Code Violation Saga Rolls On

The Di Rimini Code Violation Saga Rolls On
Just when you thought we’d gotten to the end of The Di Rimini code violation list, it’s time to tack on another.  Apparently the owner not only chose to violate a city order forbidding occupancy of the building — word is that several tenants have already been moved in — but they have now been cited by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for violations of the 2008 Indiana Building Code.  Four violations are listed, most seriously the failure to install a required sprinkler system in the building.  They also did not install required fire separations, eliminated a fourth floor...
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