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IndyGo Transit Hub

IndyGo Transit Hub
Minutes after the closing remarks were complete and the last of the press packed up their vans, we were left with a positive message to Live Indy. Mayor Ballard, a long time proponent of a stronger urban center, reinforced his position by declaring war on an urban population in flux. After decades of seeing people and job centers relocate to our adjacent neighbors’ counties, it appears that Indy has finally heard the message loud and clear. “We want a true urban center”! A center for families and young urban professionals alike. While an almost infinite amount of intangibles enter...
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SB176 passes Ways & Means

SB176 passes Ways & Means
SB176 passed the House Ways & Means Committee this morning by a vote of 17-1. No amendments were taken on the bill but will be allowed at the next reading on the House floor. Bills are due by Monday, so expect this issue to wrap up very soon. There were a number of amendments offered in a hearing yesterday and among them, an amendment to strike the langauge that bans light rail from being funded. A number of others were introduced as well, so expect a laundry list when this thing hits the House floor. If you know your representative, call them and urge them to vote on this bill to allow funding for...
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Car Free Commute

Car Free Commute
I wake up, get ready, grab the bike and ride two blocks. The train pulls up, I get on and 20 minutes later get off and ride 1 mile to my job. This is my commute to work at my new job in Portland, Oregon. For those of you who do not keep up with me on social media, I started a new job here in early February where my family and I have moved to take in new adventures in life. Part of this started with selling the car that we owned in Indianapolis eschewing a car lite lifestyle for a completely car-free alternative. Thus far, it seems to be working out. Our new home, located in downtown Portland, has us...
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Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals

Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission.  This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago.  Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal: This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
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Snowglobe Indy

Snowglobe Indy
Didn’t get a chance to pause and absorb the beauty of the city during yesterday’s snowstorm?  No problem – Urban Indy has you covered.  Armed with my high powered professional Canon DSLR digital HTC Evo smartphone camera and properly dressed in a snowsuit, waterproof boots and ski googles a business suit, no gloves and dress shoes, I captured a few of my favorite places around downtown in all their snowy glory. So grab a cup of coffee and scroll through – let us know which you like best in the comments below.  And if you have recommendations for a good pair of snow boots...
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