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People for Urban Progress’ Latest Idea: Bush Stadium Seat Reuse

People for Urban Progress’ Latest Idea: Bush Stadium Seat Reuse
People for Urban Progress presented their latest idea for massive reuse at the Think Farm event on November 11th.  They are in the process of refurbishing the stadium seats in vacant Bush Stadium and locating them at bus stops around the city. I love the idea of taking something that has exhausted its use, and giving it to a cash-strapped organization that has an obvious need.   Smart and resourceful organizations such as PUP have the capacity inspire further innovation.  They are an integral part of a movement to make Indianapolis a better place to live. Social Media ...
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The Hazards of Crossing the Street

The Hazards of Crossing the Street
Earlier this year I witnessed a terrifying event while out in my neighborhood.  Textbooks would refer to it as a “pedestrian-vehicle conflict”, something that can be observed at any number of intersections several times a day.  Seeing it play out in reality, I began to realize that our built environment has done a very poor job of training drivers to watch out for pedestrians.  One glance at the number of pedestrian fatalities statistics shows the devastating consequences on our society. The situation happened along East Washington Street in a pedestrian friendly commercial district.  A...
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Public Art on the grounds of “Lawrence Village at the Fort”

Public Art on the grounds of “Lawrence Village at the Fort”
  I was contacted earlier this summer by a friend of mine and approached about crafting some coverage for Lawrence Village at the Fort. For those of you who are not in the know, the old Fort Benjamin Harrison has been undergoing a reuse of sorts guided by the Ft. Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority. What has resulted, is a nice street grid of platted open land as well as reuse of existing building stock. A master plan was put together as a framework for putting this vast tract of land back together in a useful, productive and attractive neighborhood. Creating land uses that promote efficient...
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MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 11/17/11

MDC and IHPC Quick Hits – 11/17/11
Here’s what I’ve come across in Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) and Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) filings as of 11/17/11 (click links to read staff reports on these cases): 1. MDC 11/16/11 – Business Resolution NO. 2011-R-027: Authorizes the DMD to convey the former Winona Hospital Site properties located at W. 33rd Street and 3232 N. Meridian Street (aka 3209 N. Illinois) to TRex Enterprises, LLC, in consideration of certain commitments being made by the redeveloper for development of a mixed use project, including residential and public space...
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Meridian Kessler Moving Forward with Form-Based Codes

Meridian Kessler Moving Forward with Form-Based Codes
My neighborhood, Meridian Kessler, has been doing some behind-the-scenes maneuvering to promote the implementation of Form-Based zoning codes in the neighborhood.  Form-based codes are the logical antidote to the current use-based zoning that is in place in much of the United States.  Urban Indy will be highly supportive of the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association’s push for this important and much-needed change.  The first public meeting will be held at Developer Town at 53rd Street and Winthrop Avenue on Thursday, December 1st, at 7:30 pm.  More information can be found on this link...
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