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Potential Perils of a Successful Neighborhood

Potential Perils of a Successful Neighborhood
My contact with the Meridian Kessler neighborhood association, Mary Owens, has contacted me about an emerging issue in the neighborhood.   Three times in the last year, citizens have demolished small single family homes in order to construct a larger home on the same lot.  She sent me a an application for another such case, located at 5855 Central Avenue (pdf warning).  Here is a Google Street View of the current house: This house is not tiny.  Additionally, it is almost a guarantee that it is constructed with better materials than what it would be replaced with.  Here is the rendering and...
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16 Park and the MLK Memorial

16 Park and the MLK Memorial
Last month, I walked around the new 16 Park development. These apartments have replaced Caravelle Commons, which by most accounts has been a positive change for the neighborhood.  Here is the aerial photo of the property that has been affected, taken in spring of 2011: All of the buildings in the north of the aerial have been demolished, and work has either been completed or are near completion on the complex: I found it interesting that they use the same lights from the Cultural Trail to illuminate the rooftop deck: This last building farthest to the north has a curved frontage.  It is...
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Indianapolis BRT – The Story Begins to Unfold

Indianapolis BRT – The Story Begins to Unfold
On November 3rd, 2011, the Indianapolis MPO published a document (click to open .pdf) titled, “Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – Corridor Elements Workshop”. The document is an in-depth examination of the study about to commence on the East-West corridor (Washington Street) and the North-South corridor (Meridian/College/Madison). As Urban Indy reported back in October, Indianapolis received a $2 million grant to begin study of both of these corridors. This document is the first step towards defining the study area, possible alignments, vehicles, stations and other required infrastructure....
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Fall Creek Trail Extension Set for Construction

Fall Creek Trail Extension Set for Construction
A long-awaited extension of the Fall Creek Trail is set for construction later this year. This 1.4 mile segment will connect the current southern terminus at the Monon Trail to the orphaned spur of trail between Meridian St. and Central Ave. While comprehensive planning for the Fall Creek Trail route from the White River in downtown to Skiles Test Nature Park in the northeast was completed in 1999, this segment has languished without funding as other easier-to-construct segments were built first. At long last, in July 2011, Indianapolis received a $1M Federal Transportation Enhancement grant for...
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Urban Indy Turns 5

Today marks the five year anniversary of the day that I founded the blog.  Some blogs start with a fully formed sense of purpose and clearly stated goals.  Well, this isn’t one of those blogs.  Regardless of this inauspicious beginning, I hope the past five years of reading this blog have been as fun to follow as it was to create.  I’ve met some great like-minded people, and even had some good discussions with some not-so-like-minded people. I continue to think this city is getting better by the day.  I’m happy to be a tiny part of the culture that strives to make Indianapolis a...
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