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IndyGo 2013 Budget Adopted

IndyGo 2013 Budget Adopted
The evening of Monday, October 15th marked a milestone for IndyGo, Indianapolis public transit provider. The City Council of Indianapolis passed the 2013 budget which included an increase of over $8 million over the 2012 adopted budget. The vote on the 2013 budget was 29-0 in favor of passage. The passage of this budget marks not only a significant increase in operating revenue, the lion share of which will directly fund service improvements on a number of routes, but also represents the willpower of the city’s elected officials to sign off on increased transit funding. Now that the budget has...
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Mapleton-Fall Creek Infrastructure Improvements

Mapleton-Fall Creek Infrastructure Improvements
The Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood has been the recipient of a good deal of projects with the aim to improve the neighborhood’s aesthetics and infrastructure. For this post, I will cover 3 of these projects. Perhaps the most important undertaking is the conversion of Central Avenue from a one way to a two way street in the neighborhood. In addition, the street has been repaved, and the sidewalks repaired.  Here is a look at the first layer of pavement along with the new sidewalks near 30th and Central: Next, the Unleavened Bread Cafe has received a facade repair grant from LISC, and has...
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Pre-Columbian Urbanism

Pre-Columbian Urbanism
On October 12, 1492, the first modern Europeans set foot in the land now known as the Americas.  We tend to think of urbanism arriving with them.  But the truth is that cities rose well before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”.  I wanted to share a few that exemplified the type of urban design happening in Pre-Columbian North America. We don’t always know very much about these places or the people who built them.  But we know enough to give us some important clues about how they lived and what they thought was important.  Many of these sites are now protected from threat and open...
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Upcoming Indy Rezone Meetings

Upcoming Indy Rezone Meetings
Below is a press Release from Indy Rezone soliciting input from residents. A number of us from Urban Indy have attended these meetings, and they are very worthwhile. Remember, this is our city, and you have a voice. INDIANAPOLIS – Have you ever wondered why some neighborhoods are better at attracting residents and businesses than others?   Are there changes that we should make today that would improve the connections between neighborhoods and the places where people work and shop?  How should the City balance the need for economic development and job creation with drinking water protection,...
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In Indiana, a Study to Assess Transportation & Infrastructure

Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions by Ehren T Bingaman, Executive Director – CIRTA In 2003 I took a position in legislative affairs and experienced the legislative and law making process in Indianaup close for the first time.  I was then and still am now amazed at how accessible the legislative process is in Indiana.  Access by this definition is related to effort—showing up for meetings, knowing where to find info about the meetings, and taking the time to figure who is talking, where they are from and who they represent.  This is all pretty easy...
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