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Boosting the Lafayette Square area through creative reuse

Boosting the Lafayette Square area through creative reuse
CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders, brought its Livability Workshop to Indianapolis last October. There, national leaders worked with a local team to hone in on keys project areas for improving the quality of life in Indianapolis. Two main focal points that emerged were “renewing our center” with Monument Circle and “reclaiming the strip” in the Lafayette Square/West 38th Street area. In the six months since the workshop, local CEOs for Cities team members launched the Monument Circle Ideas Competition. Others  — including myself through Big Car...
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World War I Memorial

World War I Memorial
The Shrine Room of the World War I Memorial is indeed a sacred space. What I find amazing is that many people who’ve lived here for years haven’t even heard about this treasure, let alone visited. I’ve often said that if this building were in Washington DC, it would have a line out the door. But in Indianapolis yesterday, there was nobody in the room when we arrived. Perhaps it’s better that way. I’m certainly glad to be able to appreciate the space in quiet. These are the best pics from my little point-and-click camera, much better pics can be found...
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Streetscape aims to improve southern DT Indy Street

Streetscape aims to improve southern DT Indy Street
For quite some time, the intersection of Delaware and Merrill Street in downtown Indianapolis has been subjected to some particularly gnarly looking construction. What has been identified by the Indianapolis DPW as a “sanitatary sewer bypass” currently masks what will soon become the site of a rather transformative streetscape project. The DPW aims to transform Merrill Street from an eyesore of a street, to a walkable pedestrian path that will include artwork, green infrastructure, and LED lighting. The path will meander from the eastern Lilly campus, westward under the CSX viaduct...
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City Celebrates St Patricks Day

The city welcomed St Patricks Day on Thursday by dyeing the canal green and holding festivities around town.  Judging from my scenes out of my window, the revelers started early and kept going late into the night.  I’m sure the fact it fell on a Thursday and featured beautiful spring weather helped the turnout.  I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and is looking forward to more sunshine, warmer weather, and more streetlife.
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Railvolution Call for Speakers

Railvolution Call for Speakers
I was recently contacted by Railvolution to help spread awareness about this year’s event. Specifically, to help spread the word here in Indy. We may not have a world class transit system, but there are some topics worth talking about at the national level and the organizers of Railvolution are looking for you. If there is anything that you think would be a valuable addition to the conference, then please see the details below and submit a proposal. I attended last year’s conference in Portland, OR and it was FANTASTIC. —— Rail~Volution 2011: Washington, DC October 16 –...
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