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Could a new People Mover Station spur development?

Could a new People Mover Station spur development?
The Clarian People Mover in Indianapolis is a privately owned and operated elevated fixed guideway transit structure. It closely resembles a “monorail” but in fact is not. It was built with the purpose of connecting medical facilities in downtown Indianapolis’ NW medical district.  It connects Methodist hospital on it’s north station, with the IU Medical complex on it’s south end, and by extension, IUPUI; if you are willing to walk a few hallways and take an elevator to get there. There is one stop midway through it’s route to serve another medical related...
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Riverside Pumping Station

Riverside Pumping Station
Dating from the year 1900, the Riverside Pumping Station is a relic from a time when civic pride extended to facilities that we now take for granted. It’s a little-known jewel, located on Waterway Boulevard just northwest of IUPUI’s campus. It is still in use today by the Indianapolis Water Company. A decade ago, I worked across the street and marveled at it from afar, but it’s even more impressive up close. This was actually the first time I’ve seen it from this...
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1201 Indiana Avenue

1201 Indiana Avenue
The project at 1201 Indiana Avenue is quite large in scale.  Designed to house students in a mixed-use structure, it features 253 units in a location that previously occupied Lincoln Tech.  Here’s the best rendering we can find: One quibble is that the parking area on the north side of the project is quite large, and they demolished out a number of single-family houses for the lot. So, it’s not quite the prototype of good urbanism. However, it is built right up to the sidewalk along 3 of its faces, and I like the scale and massing. I missed out on taking photos of the east-facing...
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Indiana receives HSR money

Indiana receives HSR money
Although not Urban Indianapolis in nature, news came yesterday that the US DOT had taken back the $1.2 billion awarded to Wisconsin and Ohio earlier this year, and redistributed it to 13 states. The biggest benefactor’s of this money are California and Florida both of whom have robust and TRUE high speed rail programs coming close to fruition. Although small, Indiana is set to receive $365,000 of these funds to put towards the high speed rail link that was awarded $71 million earlier this year. Although not huge news, it bares examining what is planned for Indiana’s meager step into the...
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Why investment in transit is important for Indianapolis

Why investment in transit is important for Indianapolis
If you are a regular visitor to this site, then you are undoubtedly familiar with our complete and undivided support for improvements to our region’s transit system. Sure, we all have specific talking points that we feel would represent SMARTER choices, but at the heart is this unifying vision of improved transit options. As advocates, we can lose sight of how obvious this is to us from time to time; and conversely, how oblivious others may be to it. So how do we address this? A simple education at the basic level is needed. So here are a few reasons why supporting Indyconnect is important to...
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