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Transit Day at The State House

Transit Day at The State House
  I have registered to attend the State House tomorrow for the Indiana Citizen’s Alliance for Transit’s Day at the State House.  I hope to see other readers of the blog there, starting at the Indiana History Center at 10 AM.  I will have a report afterwards of my impressions of the event.
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People for Urban Progress turns four: a pictorial legacy.

People for Urban Progress turns four: a pictorial legacy.
[AUTHOR’S NOTE: I had to change the title because I mistakenly thought PUP was founded in early 2008.  Having learned that it began operations in November of that year, it has clearly just passed its fourth anniversary.  My apologies.] Perhaps it’s just another byproduct of our stereotypical self-effacement, but few Midwestern cities seem to assume a high national profile, for better or for worse.  But it is only for the worse when it comes to the region’s low visibility in regards to innovative problem solving.  The sneering contingent from the Northeast might easily claim that the Rust...
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Columbus Indiana, featuring the Miller House and Gardens

Columbus Indiana, featuring the Miller House and Gardens
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to tour Miller House and Gardens in Columbus, Indiana.  This landmark is the result of 3 leading designers of their day working in synthesis with a 4th genius, a client who practically built Columbus in the mid-20th Century.  Let me say, if you ever have a chance to tour this facility, don’t delay, and hope for a sunny day, as the interior is punctured with skylights at practically every turn.  Interior photography is forbidden on the tour (and I can’t top the photos posted on the site linked in the first sentence), but I was fortunate enough to get...
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Let’s Talk Green Line

Let’s Talk Green Line
It has been quite some time since I, or anybody else here at Urban Indy, has written about the NE Corridor or as it is referred to now by Indy Connect, The Green Line. As of this writing, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being constructed by HNTB, under contract through the MPO. With the progress of HB1011 at the Indiana Statehouse, mass transit is beginning to get a lot of attention in Central Indiana. The Green Line is the rapid transit project furthest down the rabbit hole of the three currently under study; it is also the most controversial. Originally announced, the line would be a 23...
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Meridian and Morris: the heart of a neighborhood morphs into a gas tank.

Meridian and Morris: the heart of a neighborhood morphs into a gas tank.
Obviously not every old building in Center Township is architecturally distinct enough to justify a National Historic Landmark status; nor is every neighborhood sufficiently preserved in its original state to earn a National Park Service historic district recognition.  But sometimes a structure deserves a little respect, because it captures the essence of what the neighborhood has going for it in terms of palpable urbanism.  Once the bulldozers plow through one building to make way for redevelopment, what’s to stop the owners of the neighboring buildings from doing the same thing?  And what if the...
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