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Ambitious Central State Development Approved

Ambitious Central State Development Approved
Last week, the Metropolitan Development Commission approved a massive redevelopment of the Central State Hospital grounds. According to the staff report, the grounds will include a brewery, an events center, student housing, office uses, and urban farming.  A couple of image captures from the lengthy staff report can be seen below: It will be interesting to see this long underutilized property come back to life a bit. Social Media ...
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Fall Creek Trail South – Construction Update

Fall Creek Trail South – Construction Update
By any objective measure, the Fall Creek Trail southern extension, from the Monon Trail to Central Avenue, would not be considered complete. But as of this posting, I can confirm that the entire length of this extension has been paved. Some portions appear to be completed while others still need an additional layer however, a determined cyclists could bypass the “sidewalk closed” signs and ride this portion. The photo above was taken from the Monon Trail looking south, as is passes over the newly paved Fall Creek Trail. Hopefully cyclists and pedestrians will be able to take full advantage...
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Nice Little Things

Nice Little Things
It is often easy to get caught up in big ideas and big money. City, state, and nation-wide investments are all needed to really make an impact. However, recently there have been a few new smaller items that can also improve life for city residents. The first is this little bus stop bench outside the Riley Towers at Alabama and North Street.  This bench obviously requires little space, perfect for potentially cluttered city corners: Second, the Bike Hub at the City Market has installed a bike repair station.  Accessible 24 hours a day, users are free to fix any issues that they might have with their...
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Monon Trail Receives Safety Upgrades

Monon Trail Receives Safety Upgrades
Regular users of the Monon Trail may or may not notice the results of a new project aimed to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians at street crossings. As part of a larger project, which is funded primarily from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, upgraded pavement markings, signage as well as the addition of flashing beacons at select intersections are being deployed. As cyclists, one of the biggest concerns for trail riding are where cross streets that carry automobiles intersect. Increasing awareness for motorists that pedestrians and cyclists have priority in these crossings is key to...
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The County Border: Where Footpaths End

The County Border: Where Footpaths End
The suburban doughnut counties have had a long reputation as an area that is hospitable to vehicular traffic, and not much else.  Carmel has been fighting that reputation for decades now, but how are the other areas in the region faring? In some instances, better than Marion County. Let’s look at one example from each of the four major borders that Marion County has.  First up, Hendricks County: The slightly angled paved stretch marked in orange is the B & O Trail. A small portion of the trail has been completed towards Raceway Road, where it stops abruptly. Indianapolis is not planning on...
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