Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Neighborhoods
on Jan 31st, 2012 | 1 comment
In honor of IndyGo’s decision to offer FREE bus rides during the final superbowl weekend, Urban Indy decided to put on our drinking caps and start exploring what routes might be useful for a visitor. The purpose was to provide a simple guide for anyone unfamiliar with the city and its bus system to explore some interesting neighborhoods while enjoying some good local beer and food.
We discussed potential routes and attractions, and debated what would be most worthwhile for someone making this trip. We concluded that the best option was to focus on a single route that hit some of the best...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods
on Jan 30th, 2012 | 1 comment
This article was originally posted on the Columbus Underground website on August 1st, 2011. I have updated it to be more helpful for all visitors, as well as adding a few important new bits of information as the city prepares to host Super Bowl XLVI.
Indianapolis is a great place to visit for a weekend getaway. The city is famous for its Motor Speedway, sports teams, and revitalized downtown. But what about the rest of the city? Can a city famous for its love of cars be explored by alternative means of transportation? This is an invitation to explore the lesser known areas of Indianapolis...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Jan 30th, 2012 | 4 comments
A tragedy of epic civic proportions is occurring at the corner of 22nd and College Ave on the near north side of Indianapolis. The old portion of the Grace Apostolic Church was recently mowed down thanks to a tall crane with a wrecking ball attached to it.
I made some brief inquiries into what the purpose of the demolition was. I checked in with Chelsea Humble of King Park CDC and she that it was being destroyed to make way for a new parking lot. It pained me to see this building coming down for a couple of reasons. First, it was a beautiful structure. To watch it meet the wrecking ball to make...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Pedestrian
on Jan 27th, 2012 | 7 comments
We have been trying to do a series of posts labeled Friday Fun. This week’s entry is perhaps not so fun when you examine the implications, but I took a few minutes and did a 20,000 foot parking snapshot; and Im positive I’ve missed some spaces, but here is a rough look in a roughly downtown-ish part of Indianapolis.
Some of the lots are under redevelopment with City Way (SE quadrant) and the recently announced Block 400 (NW quad) taking up significant amounts of parking. However, I thought that this was still a fair assesement of what we have to deal with on a daily basis.
I have also...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Jan 26th, 2012 | 6 comments
HB1073 (Public Mass Transit) was dealt a heavy blow today when it went down 10-11 in the House Ways & Means committee this morning. Partisan bickering erupted early on with Representative Crawford singling out the labor language in the bill. Jeff Espich, committee Chairman, pointed out that he had stripped half of the labor related language out but it appeared the Democrats on the committee were not going to budge and continued to vote no. To be clear, the transit portion of the bill never seemed to be at the heart of the debate over HB1073; it was always the labor.
The bickering could be see as...