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Red Line Study Reveals Route Alternatives

Red Line Study Reveals Route Alternatives
The Indy Connect Red Line, which is now under alternatives analysis, has broken radio silence and as of this week have a few potential route alignments available for public discussion. If you attend one of the public hearings, you can see the details of these being provided by Indy Connect. Divided up by northern or southern routes, there are two alternatives for each and they offer a tantalizing imagination of future rapid transit service for the Red Line. Originally scoped, the Red Line would run from Carmel through Downtown Indy and south to Greenwood. A rough amalgamation of corridors were...
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Green Line Study Examines Downtown Alignments

Green Line Study Examines Downtown Alignments
As part of my ongoing involvement as a member of the Green Line Citizen’s Advisory Committee, we were recently briefed on the latest details regarding the progress of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Green Line. I intend to cover the juicy bits of the recent news in the post regarding the specifics of the potential downtown route configurations. When the Green Line was originally announced, the  scope identified Union Station as the downtown terminal to interface with local bus service. This made sense as IndyGo has long assumed that a future downtown transit center would be located...
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The Sanctuary on Penn: breathing new life into one of Indy’s oldest churches.

The Sanctuary on Penn: breathing new life into one of Indy’s oldest churches.
As much as I try to avoid double-dipping with my blog posts, I had to include this reference to my latest post on my blog, American Dirt, because it is so Indy-centric.  I featured it on Dirt because it is a follow-up on an essay from a few years ago. When I first featured the First Lutheran Church on North Pennsylvania Avenue over two years ago, its condition was disheartening: marginally maintained, weatherbeaten, and vacant since 2006.  Constructed in 1875, its aging, shrinking congregation had no choice but to close it, due to maintenance costs and its growing distance from where the population...
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Maryland Street Downtown

Maryland Street Downtown
Two months ago, the restaurant 14 West closed after being open for several years.  I visited once years ago, and found the food and service to be decent.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was nearly empty on a Devour Downtown evening,  so the closing didn’t surprise me (or other food-watchers around town) all that much.   But for the purpose of this post, I don’t want to comment too much on this particular restaurant, but on its setting: 14 West was located in one of only three outward-facing street-level retailers on the entire block ( one being Palomino’s, which is on the corner...
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Broad Ripple Parking Garage Construction Update 2

Broad Ripple Parking Garage Construction Update 2
It has been a while since the last update we provided on Urban Indy regarding the Broad Ripple Mixed Use Parking Structure. As you would imagine, progress has been swift! I have heard that there is a target opening in March sometime and the on-site labor over January and February shows that the developer is eager to meet this time frame. Numerous overnight concrete pours have taken place in this time period and there have been some rumblings here and there from neighbors who had to endure the loud hammering and machinery. However, it looks as if that work is complete. Facade placement is underway with...
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