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Former Irvington Post Office Saved

Former Irvington Post Office Saved
I was so happy to read this article yesterday on the former Irvington Post Office building, located at the corner Washington and Ritter.  This is excellent news for a building that has been threatened with demolition for years now: Hope everyone has had a safe and restful holiday season.
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Is Indy Doing Enough to Prepare for Improved Transit?

Is Indy Doing Enough to Prepare for Improved Transit?
A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to hitch a ride home from work from the far NE side of the Indy metro region where I currently work. My ride dropped me, along with my bicycle, near the 71st & Binford Ave area. Though the trek was a little long, I was able to conveniently ride my bike home with only minimal on-street interaction with automobiles. My short trip down 71st street to Allisonville Road was the only non-bike facility oriented portion of the trip to South Broad Ripple. As I was riding, I thought about how convenient this trip was and how low-stress the experience was thanks to the...
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A Street has 2 Sides

A Street has 2 Sides
Good urban design recognizes that the street has two sides.  It doesn’t separate people on one side from shops on the other.  Because in a world designed for automotive superiority, streets become barriers much too often. In short, a good street encourages jaywalking.
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Indy City Market since 2009: an obvious improvement, but still room to grow.

Indy City Market since 2009: an obvious improvement, but still room to grow.
I originally posted an article on the Indianapolis City Market on my personal blog, American Dirt, two days ago.  I had written an extensive study on the 125-year-old Market back in 2009 on that blog, so it made sense for any follow-up to take place there as well.  But then it occurred to me that the subject is more cogent and probably of greater interest to Urban Indy readers, so the least I can do is provide a link as well as a summary here below.   As anyone who either grew up in Indy knows, the City Market has never exactly been the crown jewel of downtown.  By and large, it has always been...
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Meridian Kessler’s Long Range Traffic Calming Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Long Range Traffic Calming Plan
At last week’s Monon Corridor meeting, a presenter mentioned the Meridian Kessler long range traffic calming plan.  I was unfamiliar with it, so I checked it out on the internet the next day.  I had no idea how ambitious it would be.   Naturally, my favorite part of the plan is the raised intersections and improved crosswalks at the neighborhood nodes.  These intersections are currently dangerous to cross on foot, and the presenter mentioned that there have been a few serious accidents recently in the area. This plan will not be implemented soon, but it is good to know that the neighborhood...
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