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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview
This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday. First, a look at how the transit center will work. Most of this is actually self-explanatory: The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area: Proposed midday frequency...
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IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings

IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings
As IndyGo executives continue to review its current network and assess where its priorities should lie, they will be hosting another series of public meetings this week.  As detailed in a recent IBJ article, IndyGo must decide whether to focus its resources on ridership or coverage.  Focusing on ridership would essentially mean investing in routes that would likely see enhanced ridership through higher frequency.  On the other hand, IndyGo could focus a higher percentage of resources on coverage, spreading itself thinner in order to serve more of the county.  With the minimal amount of...
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The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard

The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard
Earlier this year, the City engaged a process to rethink the City-County Building (CCB) Plaza, located south of the CCB. Once home to the county courthouse, the plaza, developed alongside the shiny new home for local government, never managed to provide a great space for the public. Instead, the harsh materials, hostile green space, barricaded fountains and inaccessible pathways to the entrance of the CCB have created a barren environment and maintenance headache. On even the nicest of days, this space goes largely unused. It may serve forever as a memorial to design that was largely form-based, with...
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IHPC Quick Hits, October 8th

IHPC Quick Hits, October 8th
It has been about 2 years since the last quick hits post, but infill keeps happening, so here’s some of the proposals that Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has been hearing recently: The biggest news recently was the approval of the Fire Fighter’s Credit Union Proposal. Fortunately, they have downsized the proposed parking lot to make room for a future art space fronting College Avenue. I wish this new lot didn’t have a curb cut along St. Clair, and instead used the existing alley. However, I will accept that their compromise is an improvement. Linked below is the image...
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Near South Side Apartment Proposal

Near South Side Apartment Proposal
Developer Craig Von Deylen has applied for a zoning variance on the Near South Side along Madison Avenue (page 7) to construct an apartment complex in an empty lot. Interestingly, the Concord Community Plan calls for commercial property to be installed at this location, however, the staff report mentions the large quantity of unused commercial real estate in the area. It’s a good idea to adjust to current demands for accommodating residential infill, which is a more promising market at this time. Shown below is a Preliminary Site Plan and rendering: The land use plan is relatively standard...
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