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2011 State of Cycling in Indianapolis Report

2011 State of Cycling in Indianapolis Report
2011 has been a busy year in Indianapolis with road repairs, sidewalk fixes and creation and the addition of more cycling infrastructure. Generally, I feel like I should leave coverage of cycling in the city to the folks over at IndyCog. My recent observations however, have spurred me to action. This year we have seen a lot more construction of the Cultural Trail. I have reported fiercely on this project and given a lot of heated criticism in the area of the Conrad. However, at the core, this project has expanded vastly this year and should be mostly completed by the time the Super Bowl occurs...
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Berkley Road

Berkley Road
Just to the south of Butler University, Berkley Road is a 3 block-long pedestrian street.  This was first pointed out to me by our own Kirsten Eamon-Shine after I posted about Washington Court last year.  Yesterday, my wife, daughter, and I biked over there via the Canal Towpath to see it for ourselves. The houses along the street are mostly rentals for college students, so many of them have been altered.  Regardless of the condition of the housing stock, it has to be an a attractive option to walk out the front door and linger among mature street trees and a grassy knoll: Here’s a shot I...
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Rail Transit for Carmel: Could it be done?

Rail Transit for Carmel: Could it be done?
The Indyconnect proposal that is currently on the table makes no rail transit proposal for Carmel. Carmel is Indy’s largest and seemingly most prosperous suburb and has been making strides in recent years to tackle it’s long term suburban built form. These change have come in the form of a revitalized downtown arts district with a more dense built form as well as the recently completed City Center complex which is flanked by the Paladium, a large world class performing arts center. Carmel is rapidly adding citizens to it’s tax base which is also relatively low. Cycling has gotten a...
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MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/7/11

MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 9/7/11
In the past, I’ve dabbled in attempting to comprehensively cover the City regulatory approval process for new projects. Unfortunately that’s proved to be an impossibly large job. Instead, whenever I come across things in regulatory filings that interest me, I’m going to post just a little bit of info in this “Quick Hits” post with links to staff reports so you can read more if you’re interested. Here’s what I’ve found as of 9/7/11: 1. MDC 9/7/11 – IU Health approval for new signs at Methodist Hospital. This one is pretty comical — if...
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Urban Gas Stations in Historic Districts

Urban Gas Stations in Historic Districts
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) will be hearing cases related to two gas stations at their hearing tomorrow, September 7th.  It’s fairly unusual to see a gas station proposal for a historic district, let alone two at once.  Here are the locations for the proposals (click links for staff reports on the plans): The northwest corner of 10th St. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. in the Ransom Place Conservation District. The northwest corner of 16th St. and Central Ave. in the Herron-Morton Place Historic District (and across the street from The Old Northside Historic...
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