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Connecting Fountain Square to Broad Ripple

Connecting Fountain Square to Broad Ripple
Currently, College Avenue is a one way northbound street between Virginia and Massachusetts Avenues.  There have been a few public calls to change this missed connection, and to return College into a two way street (which even has its own facebook fan page, which I have joined).  There are also calls to instill bike lanes and streetcars.  This post is an attempt to look at the practicality of such a mission. The number one obstacle to progress is, without a doubt, the crumbling railroad overpass at the intersection with Washington Street.  It’s dangerous enough in a car, and on foot,...
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Zoned Out Indy

Zoned Out Indy
The city of Indianapolis uses a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances as their main tool of city planning (see current zoning codes; or see Indy’s zoning synopsis).  The purpose of our zoning code is to resolve conflicts between land uses by separating them (Euclidean style).  Obviously, there are some land uses that don’t fit well together.  A quick example would be an adult entertainment venue next to an elementary school.  Nobody thinks that these activities belong next to each other, so the natural solution is to just keep them separated by a healthy distance. The problem is that...
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Options for Bush Stadium

Since its opening in 1996, Victory Field has received much praise as the home of the Indianapolis Indians.  And rightfully so.  It is a beautiful ballpark in an urban setting that has helped link the central part of downtown to White River State Park. But the one downside to the new ballpark is what was left behind: Bush Stadium.  After fourteen years, it is still unknown what will become of the historic stadium.  The Indianapolis Star had some information on two different proposals for the property. The most recent proposal from John Watson calls for the salvaging of Bush Stadium’s façade and...
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Many Indianapolis Gay Establishments Exhibit Poor Urban Designs

Many Indianapolis Gay Establishments Exhibit Poor Urban Designs
By now, the DiRimini apartment complex drama has become a familiar tale to anyone following urban Indianapolis issues.  The infill development project, located in western downtown Indianapolis, has been under construction since early 2010.  Over the past several months as the building rose out of the ground, it became obvious that what was being built did not resemble the plans submitted to the city for approval in 2009.  Therefore, in early September, the city’s Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order on the DiRimini due to 35 cited violations on the downtown urban design...
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Stop Work Order posted at the Di Rimini

Stop Work Order posted at the Di Rimini
If you are a regular reader, than you are familiar with the ongoing saga of the Di Rimini apartment compex located at 733 N Capitol Ave in downtown Indianapolis. A quick recap: In September of 2009, The Di Rimini under the name of Sarajo Commons submitted plans to the Indianapolis MDC and were accepted after negotiations to meet the new regional center design guidelines. Construction started in early 2010 on the parcel of land with foundation work that was quickly followed by wood framework rising out of the ground. Last month, a review by the city uncovered 35 zoning violations. Urban Indy was first...
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