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Friday Fun – Hidden Stop Sign

Friday Fun – Hidden Stop Sign
It’s Friday, which means it’s a good time for an amusing post based upon the built environment. This is a stop sign that is completely enveloped by a pine tree in my neighborhood. It sits at the end of a driveway that services 2 houses, so the stop is already implied. Many of the small (former?) street stubs near the Monon trail are public right-of-ways, so that is the reason that there is a stop sign in the first place. Social Media ...
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Indy Connect Shifts into High Gear

Indy Connect Shifts into High Gear
We received the following press release this morning from Indy Connect, complete with a new map. A couple notes before the jump. Notice the new color scheme of the rapid transit lines. Also, and most important, note how the weight of the lines reflects the expected (and comparative) frequency of routes to one another. This is something that in the transit world is known as frequent network mapping. Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit, has perhaps the biggest collection of knowledge and explanation at his blog regarding this topic and is recommended reading. Without further ado, onto the press...
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The Genius of Traditional Buildings

The Genius of Traditional Buildings
Have you ever been to an old downtown and marveled at the historic buildings? Have you ever wondered how they could create such beautiful buildings on such small budgets, compared to the placeless architecture we are told is barely affordable today? The truth is that those multi-story, mixed-use buildings lining the street were built by a different culture.  We are a different people now, and we demand different things from our built environment. But that old American culture was a very clever one, and we can profit from studying what they did right, and how they did it.  So here is their basic...
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Defining Success for Indy BRT

Defining Success for Indy BRT
The study for Indianapolis’ coming bus rapid transit (BRT) lines will commence early in 2013. These will be the first rapid transit lines designed from the Indy Connect regional transit plan. Urban Indy has reported on this previously and details can be obtained here and here and here. Moving forward, the project teams will conduct an alternative analysis for 2 lines, one east/west along the Washington Street Corridor from the far east side to the airport and one north/south roughly along the Meridian Street Corridor and stretching as far east as College Ave from Carmel to Greenwood. The study...
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January 2013 Wallpaper

January 2013 Wallpaper
Welcome to 2013 and the return of the Urban Indy Wallpaper! The photo, taken along Virginia Ave in Fountain Square, is an older one, but hope that it reminds everybody of the warmer days that are behind us (or in front of us). The wallpaper is available in the following sizes: 2560 x 1600,1280 x 853, 1280 x 1024, 1366 x 768 Social Media ...
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