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Summary of surface transport bill listening session from Indy

Summary of surface transport bill listening session from Indy
Today, I had the luck of squeezing my way into the listening session for the transportation surface bill in Indianapolis. I say luck because the seats were spoken for 4 days ago. I stood the entire time, and had to hang around after a baliff told the couple dozen people standing outside to please leave. Frankly, I was frustrated from the start.A staffer even asked me not to take photos since I wasn’t “with anyone” who had previously obtained permission to take photos. The meeting started with Chairman Mica talking about how the past couple days of working and generally patting himself...
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Indianapolis is this State’s Welcome Mat

The data is in, and it is concerning.  A quick look at our city’s recent census data release proves that most of the city’s urban core is still depopulating.  We can not afford to say as a state that certain segments of the population are no longer welcome.  In fact, we should be taking the opposite approach, and welcome new blood with new ideas. Immigrants Immigration is a sign of an economically healthy city.  Imagine throwing caution to the wind and traveling a great distance to arrive at a place where you can’t find a job.   In fact, immigration has slowed in this country as...
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Transportation Bill listening session February 19th in Indy

Transportation Bill listening session February 19th in Indy
For those of you so inclined to toss away a couple hours of your Saturday afternoon/evening, there will be a meeting at the City-County Building located in downtown Indianapolis in room T-260. Per the release, “Congressman Mica is holding listening sessions and other meetings around the country to inform the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s drafting of a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The Committee is seeking input on how to consolidate and improve the performance of programs, cut government red tape and streamline the project...
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“Sex and the City” Urbanism: Human Scale the Key to Sustainable Development

“Sex and the City” Urbanism: Human Scale the Key to Sustainable Development
If you’ve ever watched Sex and the City, you can’t help but take note of the moments when Carrie is walking to and from her Upper East Side apartment.  If you’re like me you might think ‘now that is a neighborhood I would love to live in.’  The intimate narrow streets, beautiful human scaled buildings, and fully developed tree canopies scream ‘sense of place’ in ways that make you want to pack up your bags and move to New York yesterday.  Well the truth of the matter is Carrie’s neighborhood was actually shot on Perry Street in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood known the world...
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Keystone Towers to be repurposed

Keystone Towers to be repurposed
For years, a dilapidated structure has sat on a triangular patch of land on Indianapolis’ northeast side. The property bound by Binford Blvd, Allisonville Road and 45th street named Keystone Towers is a structure which for all intents and purposes, has turned into an eyesore. It is abandoned, behind on property taxes, vermin infested and rumored to be deteriorating on the interior portions. It is covered in graphitti, and also rumored to be home to many squatters. Recently, local media announced that the city had taken over posession of the property and the most popular rumor is that this place...
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