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Downtown Project Update

Downtown Project Update
Anyone traveling around downtown knows that almost everything is under construction. That’s great news for this blog, of course. This post, while not all-inclusive, is intended to give readers a photographic update on a number of recent projects. Indy Bike Hub: The most recent addition to downtown is an exciting one.  Once a food court, the Indy Bike Hub now houses a YMCA, Bicycle Garage store, and the Indy Cog headquarters. Market Street: As part of the Rebuild Indy project, Market Street is undergoing some much-needed repairs, including ADA ramps across from the City County...
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MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/20/11

MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/20/11
Here’s what I’ve come across in Metropolitan Development Commission and Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission filings as of 9/20/11 (click links to read staff reports on these cases): 1. IHPC 9/7/11 – Updating a previous posting on this topic, the commission voted to deny the proposed gas station proposal at 10th/DMLK and continue the 16th/Central proposal to the next hearing. I’m very pleased to see the 10th/DMLK proposal shelved — their specific plan was very weak, but more broadly, the very idea of a gas station at this site may be fundamentally unworkable for traffic...
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Take Indy Commuter Express on Colts Gameday

Take Indy Commuter Express on Colts Gameday
According to a press release last week, Miller Trailways in partnership with CIRTA will be offering Colts gameday services from the normal weekday park & ride lots in Carmel & Fishers. This will provide a new way for people in the north suburbs to get to the Colts game without having to fight traffic & pay for parking. This is a step in the right direction towards providing alternative options for people to get downtown in what are normally, very congested conditions for Colts games. I encourage anyone who lives in the burbs who reads this blog to try it out for your next Colts game. It...
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Pro-Walkable Communities Non-Profit Gets Its Legs

Pro-Walkable Communities Non-Profit Gets Its Legs
As part of an ongoing series to promote the non-profit Every Body Walk, I wanted to bring attention to their exciting Campaign Launch Week to be held in Washington D.C. this week from September 19-23, 2011.  As I have covered before, Every Body Walk is an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and walking by encouraging increased exercise as well as supporting walkable communities.  Their first annual campaign week will include a number of events, speakers, and activities all aimed at raising awareness to the health and community benefits of getting people to walk more on a daily...
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MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/15/11

MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/15/11
Here’s what I’ve come across in City filings as of 9/15/11 (click links to read staff reports on these cases): 1. MDC Hearing Examiner 9/15/11 – a developer requests rezoning of land at 1450 N Pennsylvania (former Payton Wells body shop) for a multifamily residential project. No details are provided at this time. This site is within the Regional Center overlay district, and as such, any project will receive a thorough review by the Regional Center Hearing Examiner. 2. MDC Hearing Examiner 9/15/11 – CityWay (previously North of South) developers want to vacate portions of...
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