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Downtown Transit Center Design open for bidding

Downtown Transit Center Design open for bidding
For years, Indianapolis has suffered from the lack of a central gathering site for all of it’s routes which travel through the downtown area. Currently, all routes make a loop through downtown, informally known as the corral, where the sidewalks act as defacto  transit centers. The stops are difficult to figure out and transfers can be troublesome based upon where one needs to get off a bus and catch another. Additionally, pedestrian mobility is reduced due to the large amount of people who wait on the sidewalks. Prior studies have singled out the Post Office on South Street as a potential...
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Indy Ride Guide

Indy Ride Guide
Last night, IndyCog released version 1 of their Indy Ride Guide, a comprehensive map which features the best (and worst) places for a person to ride a bicycle.  A sneak preview is shown below, but the full pdfs can be found in all their glory here and here. These maps can be found for free around the city at IndyCog sponsors. I picked mine up at the Indy Bike Hub. Special thanks goes out to the map developers: Brian Staresnick, Jennifer Higginbotham, Kevin Whited, and Aaron Kowalski. They were able to take this map from a concept to a reality. I’m proud to have helped in this project in my...
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Ritter Avenue: Time to Slim It Down?

On August 23, Mayor Ballard signed into approval Proposal 208, a Complete Streets ordinance that had already passed the City-County Council unanimously.  No doubt most regular readers of this blog already know the basic principles of Complete Streets, but for those in the dark, the new ordinance will require that the City “shall develop a safe, reliable, efficient, integrated and connected multimodal transportation system that will promote access, mobility and health for all users. . .including pedestrians, bicyclists, users of mass transit, people of all ages and abilities, motorists, emergency...
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McOuat Renovation Nearing Completion

McOuat Renovation Nearing Completion
Last night, I was given the unique opportunity to tour the McOuat building with Nancy Gibbs, the Project Manager. Ms. Gibbs relayed to me that the McOuat (pronounced Mi-coo-it) was empty for 24 years, so it is amazing to me that it is in as good of shape as it is. The building formerly housed a sporting goods store, with each floor dedicated to a different sport, which is certainly a quaint idea to our 21st century shopping habits. The first floor will likely have a restaurant and features very high ceilings: The second floor will be an office space: Finally, the 3rd through the 7th floors will be...
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Indianapolis Receives EPA “Greening America’s Capitals” funding

Indianapolis Receives EPA “Greening America’s Capitals” funding
On September 14th, 2013, The City of Indianapolis provided a press release announcing that the EPA’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities had selected Indianapolis as a recipient for it’s “Greening America’s Capitals” program for 2012. Each year, 4 communities are selected to receive this funding to aid, “… state capitals develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure strategies.” According to the press release, “The Market Square...
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