Posted by Emily Neitzel in New Development, Pedestrian
on Jun 30th, 2015 | 8 comments
Three years ago this summer, the City-County Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in a unanimous vote, joining hundreds of cities nationwide that chose to commit to accessibility for all modes and abilities in their transportation planning. Shortly afterwards, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition recognized Indianapolis’ ordinance as the top Complete Streets ordinance out of nearly 130 policies adopted nationwide that year. The city has committed to this policy, but how has it been playing out in the implementation stage? Are the improvements on the ground living up...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Jun 26th, 2015 | 2 comments
Graffiti can be a tricky subject for me. I love freedom of expression and art, but I don’t love defacing public or private property. Most graffiti in Indianapolis is simply thoughtless tagging, similar to how a dog marks his territory while on a walk. Of course, the paint stays much longer.
Sometimes, however, graffiti can make you think or laugh. Banksy is the king of this, but there are others around. This tag in Indy isn’t on Banksy’s level, but at least it is on a place that appears to be mostly harmless: A temporary jersey barrier lining Market Street in between the Cummins...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jun 23rd, 2015 | 5 comments
A few weeks ago, I was able to contribute to the inaugural episode of The Indy Show Podcast, hosted by Justin Harter and also featuring Urban Indy contributor Joe Smoker. We cover a variety of topics relevant to the website. Link to the podcast can be seen here.
Feel free to give some feedback and some ideas for future topics.
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Posted by Kevin Kastner in Historical Posts, Neighborhoods
on Jun 3rd, 2015 | 5 comments
Recently a new movement has started in historic preservation circles called “Beer Saves Places.” It certainly sounds like a movement that I can get behind. I like beer, and I like historic places, so what’s not to like? The first meeting was in Indiana City Brewery, just south of Washington Street. This building actually used to house another brewery, the bottling house of Home Brewing Company:
Recently, another new brewery has popped up, this time in an old Catholic church located at College and North Streets. I was fortunate enough to visit recently, and I was really impressed. Of...