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One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life

One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life
The long vacant structure at 42 East Washington Street is finally seeing some quality redevelopment work.  The building, which could even date to 1846, will soon contain a sculpture gallery on its first floor, and perhaps a second floor use. A view from Pennsylvania Street to show the building peaking up above, along with its ghost sign. The upper floors of this building have been largely vacant for at least 40 years, as seen in this article on Historic Indianapolis. I have not yet heard about plans for the top 3 floors, but the rendering on the window shows a 4 floor building. It is possible that...
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How Urban Arterials Divide our Neighborhoods

How Urban Arterials Divide our Neighborhoods
When was the last time you set off in your own neighborhood, on foot or bike, to explore just how far you can get before it becomes a real chore to get where you really want to go? This task happens often in my household since we are a 3 member family with one car and the resulting choice of transportation often involves a bicycle. I don’t often take time to write about the environment of the neighborhood in which I live, but a recent experience caused me to put my urbanist hat on to explore the root cause of a difficult street crossing. I was riding my wife’s bike with our tow behind...
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Fall Creek Trail Extension – Construction Update 4

Fall Creek Trail Extension – Construction Update 4
I have spent the lion share of construction updates for the Fall Creek Trail highlighting what is going on south of the Monon Trail. However, we should not forget that the north (or east depending on your sense of direction) is also seeing an extension to Ft Benjamin Harrison State Park. I stopped by recently to survey the construction and was delighted to see rapid progress being made to extend the trail which currently ends inside of 465. On the outside of the beltway, significant dirt has been moved to make way for the new trail that will snake its way between Fall Creek and the parkway on a narrow...
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July 2013 Wallpaper

July 2013 Wallpaper
A foggy morning in Broad Ripple. 2560 x 1600 1280 x 853 1280 x 1024 1366 x 768 Social Media
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Low Hanging Fruit: Return Alabama and New Jersey to 2-Way Streets

Low Hanging Fruit: Return Alabama and New Jersey to 2-Way Streets
Sometime in the near future, the city should be making a decision on which of the proposals they have received for the Market Square Arena site to accept.  Courtesy of an idea that I first read from Urban Indy blogger Chris Corr, I’m posting this as a hope for some forethought to the street environment surrounding the former MSA. As I have displayed on the map below, the Market Square Arena site is flanked by very short one way segments of Alabama and New Jersey streets. Alabama is 6 blocks long, and New Jersey is 5 blocks long. How much can be gained in this configuration? The best argument I...
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