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College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition
This is the last post in a series featuring College Avenue nodes in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Again, thanks to Mary Owens from the MKNA for all of the helpful information.   Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 can be read here. Northwest: The northwest corner contains the 2 most prominent historic buildings at the intersection.  This one houses a barber shop, and is a former Kroger grocery store. Proof of the former Kroger at the entrance of the building: The other large building is a 3-story former Masonic Lodge.  It is now home to the Church of Christ as well as Taste of Philly...
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Rockdale Proposal in Broad Ripple

Rockdale Proposal in Broad Ripple
Wednesday night, after our first family visit to Brics of 2012, I discovered a rendering along the Monon trail for a new office development known as Rockdale in the former Broad Ripple Pet Center along Westfield Boulevard.  More information can be found at these links: 1 and 2.  They are aiming to become the first LEED-certified construction in Broad Ripple, and they plan to be bicycle-friendly.  The renderings and siteplan are linked below.  I like it: Social Media ...
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A Ride on Tampa’s TECO Streetcar

A Ride on Tampa’s TECO Streetcar
I had the recent fortune to be in Tampa while on spring break with my family. I convinced my wife to make another small excursion for one of, “dad’s transit trips” and as a result, we were able to ride the Tampa Streetcar line from it’s northern-most station to the downtown end point, and back. We followed the ride with a stop at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company where the beer was good, and the food left a little to be desired. Normal readers can imagine how excited I was to ride another one of America’s streetcar system; something that is few and far between. I planned ahead...
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College Avenue Nodes: 46th Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 46th Street Edition
This corner has remained pretty much unchanged for a good number of years. The farther south one goes on College, the more impact a game-changing project like a streetcar or even a rapid bus line could have. Northeast: One of the most interesting and older buildings in the neighborhood with its limestone facade and exterior cellar entrance.  It has been the home of Big Al’s Superstore for a number of years. Southeast: Home of Double 8 Foods, this corner building has been the location of a small grocery store since the 1930′s.  I took this photo of the building a few years ago for an...
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Canal Tower Redesigned

Canal Tower Redesigned
It’s still massive, just not skyline-altering-ultra-massive. A proposed student housing tower at 9th St and the downtown Canal Walk has been redesigned and reduced in size, whittling the original 26 story proposal down to a more palatable 10 stories. That reduction in height reduces the total capacity by about a third but still places it among the largest apartment complexes in downtown Indianapolis. Here is a rundown of the changes proposed in the developer’s MDC case to be heard March 21st: Tower structure reduced from 26 to 10 stories Base structure reduced from 6 stories to “4 to...
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