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An Urban Indy PSA: Shovel Your Sidewalks

An Urban Indy PSA: Shovel Your Sidewalks
Now that the snow has finally stopped falling, does your neighborhood sidewalk look like this? If not, consider this a friendly reminder from all of us here at Urban Indy that it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that we keep our streets passable for all users after a snowstorm. Our friendly, walkable neighborhoods aren’t so friendly when you have to trudge through 7 or 8″ of snow! Social Media ...
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Mass Ave Retail: Vibrant behind those venetian blinds?

Mass Ave Retail: Vibrant behind those venetian blinds?
The cranes that punctuate downtown Indy’s skyline should bear some real fruit within the next two years.  Finally.  Urban bloggers have recently observed—with no small amount of criticism—the relatively meager increase in downtown Indianapolis’ housing construction that took place during the previous decade (from 2000 to 2010) when compared to other peer cities in the Midwest.  No doubt this is true: when I think of major housing projects that took place during that time frame, I draw a blank.   It’s possible that, because downtown Indy enjoyed a comparatively brisk pace of housing...
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Fall Creek Trail Extension – Construction Update 1

Fall Creek Trail Extension – Construction Update 1
Indianapolis cyclists and pedestrians rejoice! Construction of the long awaited extension of the Fall Creek Trail has begun! Crews broke ground just a couple weeks ago removing trees and beginning to grade the path upon which the latest Indy Parks Greenway will follow. If you have used portions of the existing trail you have undoubtedly wished for the link connecting the end point at the Monon, with the lower portion south of Fall Creek and between Central and Meridian. Right now, I do not have any information about when the trail construction will be completed, but I do have a map as well as a few...
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City Way Update

City Way Update
Less than one year ago, I posted an article featuring some photos of City Way, a large new development that basically creates a neighborhood from a former parking lot.  The project is nearing completion, and I happened to have a bit of time last week to walk around the facility for the first time since that post.   First off, a look at some of the recently completed work.  The first 2 pictures are of buildings that face Alabama Street: This project has also improved upon the north entrance for Eli Lilly, as well as the intersections along South Street: The centerpiece of the project is the...
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Are Indy’s land use policies worse than Wal-Mart’s?

Are Indy’s land use policies worse than Wal-Mart’s?
Today’s Board of Zoning Appeals Division III hearing has a few interesting cases lined up. Aside from the usual “We want bigger signs” and “I want a barn in my front yard”, the Board will entertain a multifamily development along 38th St west of the Monon, a request for outdoor storage and barbed wire within Fall Creek Place and finally, a proposal from Wal-Mart of all stores for a reduction in required parking. Did I just say reduction of parking and Wal-Mart in the same sentence? The first case, 2012-DV3-035, is a request related to the development of two multi-family...
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