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Infill opportunities? Connecting the dots with used car lots.

A few years ago I was touring a down-and-out portion of City X (it doesn’t really matter—could be any city) for the first time, when a colleague of mine made the observation: “You can immediately tell that land values are low here; just look at all these used car dealerships!”  I concurred without saying anything; I didn’t need to.  It seemed like a truism.  Of course this area was low-rent.  It had bombed-out factories, a trash-clogged creek, the occasional boarded-up house, and retail that is generally not associated with anything but poor neighborhoods.  But where did those used car...
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Riding the Streetcar in Toronto

Riding the Streetcar in Toronto
In a city often referred to as, “The New York City of Canada”, one might expect a wide range of culture, transportation and places to visit.  It was this notion that my family and I recently took with us as we traveled north of the border  for a pleasurable Labour Day weekend in Toronto, Ontario. I won’t lie, I was very excited to be visiting one of the North America’s premier metropolis’ and hoped to take advantage of the large number of alternative transportation options that Toronto plays host to. Toronto is home to one of North America’s most expansive urban...
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Monon Trail to Close north of 75th Street

Monon Trail to Close north of 75th Street
According to a story last weekon local media outlet WTHR, the Monon Trail north of 75th Street is planned to be closed for drainage work this coming October. The report indicates that the trail will be closed for 30-45 days while drainage work, repaving and widening of the trail can be performed. There is a slight chance that work could be pushed off until spring, when ridership is sparse, but the final plan is not set in stone. Those who use the Monon to get to work, to get groceries or simply to exercise will agree with me when you say, “Wait, what? CLOSED?” The initial plan being pitched...
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Plainfield Connector

Plainfield Connector
On October 1st, a new circulator bus will launch to connect IndyGo Bus number 8 with the Plainfield warehouse district.  The need for this bus is sort of a microcosm of the new economy: warehouses are often located in car-dependent suburban areas, but they are increasingly hiring more employees from Indianapolis without the means to own a vehicle.  I looked around to find a map of the route, and I came up empty, so I decided to sketch up the route that was described in the Indy Star article: The frequency of the service seems a bit low, with 6 buses in the morning and 8 in the evening. Regardless,...
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Hit & Run on Broad Ripple Ave – 9/8/2012

This morning I was informed of some bad news regarding a weekend hit & run in Broad Ripple Village that involved a cyclists and a motorist. The cyclists is one of our favorite Baristas and as a result of the accident, was left with 14 stitches. Luckily, he is alive and will be back to work Wednesday making tasty drinks, but with a large bandage wrapped around his head.  The accident occurred around 2:05 Saturday afternoon in front of McDonald’s on Broad Ripple Avenue. If anybody has any information on the motorists, who fled the scene, please pass along anything in hopes of bringing some...
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