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Irvington Streetscape, Part IV

Irvington Streetscape, Part IV
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...
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Barton Tower Expansion: Socially Just?

Barton Tower Expansion: Socially Just?
Earlier this month, earth began moving on the property of the Barton Tower for what will be be construction of Phase 1 of the infill project surrounding the base of the 21 story monolithic tower that now stands there. Phase 1 of this project will include 61 affordable rate units financed by the sale of state housing credits. The design of this portion seems to be locked in using existing surface parking spaces on the site which will be covered by the new building which will rise primarily along East St, with short stretches along Michigan and Mass ave. According to an IHPC report from August 1st, a...
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Monon Corridor Development Meeting

Monon Corridor Development Meeting
It has been a while since I have attended a neighborhood discussion meeting, so I was excited to see the upcoming meeting to discuss the future development of the Monon Corridor.  Here is info from the flyer for the meeting: With the ambitious Bent Rail Brewery planned next door to the meeting site, this is a great time to discuss the future of the corridor.  Redeveloping these long-vacant industrial buildings has been great to see, as these new uses have a potential to become more integrated with the surrounding neighborhood.  I hope to meet with others who are interested in the Monon corridor...
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Fringe Alley Project

Fringe Alley Project
The Indy Fringe Festival headquarters at St. Clair and College has undergone a transformation in the past four years. Now finished with the restoration of the long-unloved church building, the organization has not stopped there.  The first project in Phase II was to restore the brick alley (known as Spring Street) to help with drainage and water reclamation for their green space.  The installation of the new bricks was originally denied by the Historic Preservation Commission, but that denial was reversed after the staff learned of the drainage issues which would have impeded the Fringe’s next...
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Greenwood Main Street: Should It Surrender to the Flow?

Greenwood Main Street: Should It Surrender to the Flow?
Earlier in the month, the Indianapolis Star featured an article on the extensive development plans that are materializing for the City of Greenwood, with the goal of turning the historic main street back into a desirable retail destination for locals and visitors.   The southerly suburb’s commercial center sits at the convergence of Main Street and Madison Avenue, stretching approximately one block in each direction, though the bulk of the historic architecture rests along Main Street, the east-west axis.  By some locals’ perceptions, Greenwood’s Main Street has trended downward in the last...
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