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INDOT Rail Planning – Open House 6/2/11

INDOT Rail Planning – Open House 6/2/11
As part of what appears to be an outreach effort on the part of INDOT, they are planning 3 statewide open houses to gather public input and comment on the development of a statewide rail plan. The outreach at it’s core is serving as their commitment to soliciting feedback from the public on what we think freight and passenger rail should look like in years to come across our state. In 2009, the current rail plan was adopted and had been commissioned 2 years prior. After reviewing input from statewide MPOs and invested stakeholders from private companies, to railroads to even property developers,...
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A Circle Centre for downtown dwellers and Dungeons & Dragons masters

Having worked downtown for eleven years, I’ve seen every convention group that we’ve hosted. And who are they? They are church groups and future farmers, hardware store owners and race car suppliers, firefighters and D&D masters. They fill the hotels and restaurants and bars downtown. They do some shopping, but very few are shopping at Nordstrom. Even the typical Indianapolis non-convention tourist isn’t interested in the downtown Nordstrom. They are either shopping with their family at the Zoo or Children’s Museum gift shops or they are eating and drinking before the Colts game, Final...
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A Public-Private Partnership for Transit

Indy’s soon-to-be-complete Cultural Trail has been heralded since its inception as a triumph in public-private partnership. Combining federal grants and private donations, the Cultural Trail has significantly added to the walkability of downtown without much reliance on local tax dollars. With the recent influx of development in Fountain Square in anticipation of the trail’s completion, it’s hard not to see the project as a success. My question for the day is this. Could Indy create a better transit system using a similar public-private partnership? At its core, a transit system runs...
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A Car Free Race Day

I’ve now lived in Indianapolis for 12 years.  In that time, I’ve never actually attended an Indianapolis 500.  The thought of sitting in traffic and walking miles past other parked cars to attend a sun-baked car race for 3+ hours is unappealing to me.  I will be out of town this year, so I’ll miss it again.  The good news for those who are wishing to attend the race but are fearing the traffic jam:  the bicycle is your friend. West 10th Street is closed to all non-emergency vehicles.  However, it remains open to bicyclists.  Cyclists are welcome to use this street, and then...
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Stolen Artwork Alert in DT Indy

Stolen Artwork Alert in DT Indy
I received this email from my wife who had it forwarded to her yesterday. I felt that it was my responsibility to spread the word about a piece of our public spaces being disturbed. See details below on a piece of public artwork that was stolen. If anyone has any information, see contact information below. —— I am the Detective/Sergeant for Downtown District IMPD. On May 13th, 2011 Sexton Companies reported that an art piece commissioned by them had one part of it stolen. This is believed to have occurred on May 11th or 12th. This art piece is Untitled but is called Jazz Musicians. The...
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