Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Aug 31st, 2011 | 10 comments
Anyone see the latest IBJ has hit the stands? I will refrain from analysis of any kind at this point and simply point out a couple links for catching up on the first volley in the Indianapolis Streetcar debate.
IBJ Story: http://www.ibj.com/backers-seek-support-for-2mile-streetcar-line-downtown/PARAMS/article/29171 (requires subscription)
WTHR 13 Story: http://www.wthr.com/story/15351324/planners-eye-downtown-indianapolis-streetcar-route
Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp: http://indianapolisstreetcar.org/home.html
Read up. I am sure that we will see more information on this before too long.
Posted by Curt Ailes in Neighborhoods, Transit
on Aug 30th, 2011 | 16 comments
Another year, another round of budget shortfalls. The same old story for IndyGo, Indianapolis’ municipal transit provider. For the 2012 fiscal year, the short fall is expected to be $6.4 million short. At the core of the issue is existing funding sources drying up vs rising costs to do business mostly in the form of employee health care and gasoline expenses. Indeed, IndyGo has to fight for the same reasons that the Indianapolis Library system does. The recently passed property tax caps have put all taxpayer funded programs in a pinch this year. So, what do we do? According to a story in the...
Posted by Greg.Meckstroth in Pedestrian
on Aug 29th, 2011 | 0 comments
At this point, most Americans have heard of the country’s struggle with obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. No statistic highlights this problem better than America’s increasing obesity rates: in the 1980’s only one state had obesity rates above 20%; today 49 states do. Time and time again, the blame for this goes to fast food and dietary control matters, with little mention of urban planning policy and how that plays into the issue. Many urbanists believe there is in fact a direct correlation between this public health crisis and urban planning, citing the decrease in walkable community...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods
on Aug 27th, 2011 | 6 comments
Rarely does a person wander through an alley in the city and ask “what smells so good?” One of the installed artworks along the Cultural Trail has a rose scent emanating from under the framework pictured above. I dig it.
Posted by Curt Ailes in Neighborhoods
on Aug 25th, 2011 | 40 comments
Have you ever heard of “bad development”? Have you ever heard a developer or commercial center utter the words, “We do not want more of this economic development”? Now you have, because this is exactly what the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) along with a host of partner organizations and citizens are saying; and with good reason.
The case of Kilroy’s trying to open a new bar in the Broad Ripple Village has popped up on the local radar from time to time over the past couple of months. They hope to take the place of the Cardinal Fitness located just to the west...