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Videos on Urban Issues

Videos on Urban Issues
Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and let someone else do the thinking.  TED videos are about “ideas worth spreading”, and you can see them all for free at this link.  If anyone has some downtime and wants some food for thought, I recommend the following TED talks that are all relevant to urbanism: Jaime Lerner:  A discussion of the promise of cities from the former Mayor of Curitibia, most famous for his BRT system. Emily Pilloton:  she discusses her design/build classes in rural NC, and how to leverage community assets into rebuilding a city. James Howard Kunstler:  he is...
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Urban Design Lessons from Lucas Oil Stadium

A version of this story was originally published in Greater Greater Washington as part a two-part series on urban football stadiums. Visit the original story for more comments, thoughts and opinions about case studies, both good and bad, of other recently built urban football stadiums in America. The Indianapolis Colts have played in an urban football stadium since the team’s founding in 1984 when the Hoosier Dome (later changed to the RCA Dome) was built in the heart of downtown. For the following 24 seasons, the Colts called this mega-structure home.  The Dome was akin to the Metrodome or...
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Indianapolis MPO releases Transit Vision Document

Indianapolis MPO releases Transit Vision Document
As I have posted about before, the Indianapolis MPO is in charge of transportation planning in our region. Their governing region extends into other counties around the region. A federally mandated charge of theirs, is to keep a long range plan on hand that fiscally constrains our region’s transportation expansion over a 20 to 25 year period. Everything from highway and street planning to transit planning is included. It is updated every few years formally, and informally here and there.  Until recently, there was no transit, at least in large part, included in the plan. That all changed when...
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On Suburban Grit

One of the goals of our website is to promote attractive urban design for new proposals.  In contrast, the older areas of the inner city already have charm, even in the back alleys and neglected infrastructure (frequently captured by former Indianapolis blogger Matt Heidelberger.)  Urban Indy wouldn’t exist as a site without a shared love for the new and the old. But what about the in-between, the inner-ring suburban grit?  Can it be beautiful?  I believe it really depends on your definition of beauty.  From an exterior design aspect, older suburban areas will always be fighting an uphill...
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NE Corridor Opportunities Pt 2 – 71st & Binford

NE Corridor Opportunities Pt 2 – 71st & Binford
Last week, I profiled 22nd Street and how the surrounding neighborhood is poised to benefit from the controversial NE Corridor line in Indianapolis planned in the Indyconnect proposal. This week, I will focus on the neighborhood roughly centered at 71st Street & Binford Blvd; the second area in my series of nodes along the line that fall within the Marion County.  The rail line would be the first rail transit of any kind in the Indianapolis area since the interurbans were dismantled. The neighborhoods I am focusing on, have already begun some sort of station area planning as part of a...
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