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Cultural Trail parking in front of the Conrad

Cultural Trail parking in front of the Conrad
The past few weeks have been exciting regarding the completion of a short portion of the Cultural Trail along Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. The reason for the excitement, was the expedited method with which construction was completed at the apparent request of the Conrad hotel. Many local talking heads have discussed the issue here as well as the Skyscraper City Indianapolis Development forum. Some local property managers and owners whom have been affected have even weighed in on the issue which highlights just how touchy people have become about this portion of trail. Not only that, the...
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The Worst Parking Lot in Indy

The Worst Parking Lot in Indy
Hey Indianapolis!  I’ve been away from the keyboard for a while, but I’ve been busy studying cities at Ball State’s Indianapolis Center.  The one thing I noticed in my studies was how much parking lots we have in our cities, so I’m going to bring you a few posts that focus on them and what we can do to minimize their impact.  Let’s start off with a competition of sorts – What is Indianapolis’ worst parking lot?  Recently, Indianapolis finally gave up big plans to redevelop the old Market Square Arena site.  This was my hands down favorite for...
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Alternative Methods for Funding Local Transportation: VMT tax

Alternative Methods for Funding Local Transportation: VMT tax
A recent front page story in the New York Times highlighted a pilot program in The Netherlands whereby personal automobiles were outfitted with a meter not unlike what you would find in a taxi cab. The meter was linked via GPS and tracked how many miles and what route were travelled and tabulated a charge based on these factors. The meter contained a readout, also much like a taxi cab meter, that displayed the charge that the driver would see in an end of the month bill. The service would operate much like cell phone service where you get charged for what you used. The idea seems a novel one in that...
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Georgia Street Update 4

Georgia Street Update 4
This past Friday I had the pleasure of wandering downtown with fellow Urban Indy blogger Graeme Sharpe. We visited the Cultural Trail central corridor construction sites as well as the Georgia Street site. Here are the latest photographs as of 8/5/2011. Really coming along well. The “goal posts” are now up! Finally beginning to look like something.   Georgia Street Update 1 Georgia Street Update 2 Georgia Street Update...
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Will parking be allowed on the Cultural Trail in front of the Conrad?

Will parking be allowed on the Cultural Trail in front of the Conrad?
An interesting debate has been raging over on the Skyscraper City Indianapolis Development forum for about 4 weeks now. The debate has centered upon the design of the Cultural Trail’s Central Corridor as it passes in front of the Conrad hotel. For the uninformed, the Conrad has been using the sidewalk along Washington Street and in front of it’s hotel for years now as a staging spot for valet parking. It’s common to see a high end automobile sitting on the sidewalk at any point in time. With the arrival of the Cultural Trail came the notion that perhaps the Conrad would be moving...
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