Last Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to head over to Irvington to view their downtown area now that the major construction on the streetscape project has been completed. The long-planned project has widened the sidewalks, added medians, and bricked up the main intersections for better pedestrian visibility.
Sadly, the project isn’t a 100 percent aesthetic slam-dunk. The utility poles still line the street (fortunately they are not embedded in the sidewalk), and they use Indy’s standard bland street lights. Still, the street is much better than it was before, with its narrow sidewalk and fast-moving vehicles:
One interesting detail the project considered was the preservation of the historic streetcar tracks, seen here laid in bricks in the sidewalk:
This apartment complex on the southwest corner of Audubon and Washington has recently been renovated, and it is looking great:
Finally, I have to mention a major reason for the trip. Irvington has a place to have a beer now! I recommend the Beard Tax Russian Stout if it is on draught at Black Acre Brewing Company: