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IndyGo’s Detailed Plans for the Red Line

IndyGo’s Detailed Plans for the Red Line
Last evening, IndyGo released a Google Map enabled view of their detailed plans for the proposed Red Line Bus Rapid Transit route. There are a lot of interesting features included, which will be featured in this post from North to South: North turnaround at 66th and College: Any bus transit line will usually have an issue with how it turns around at its final destination. I say usually here, because people can be creative. This part of College Avenue actually has an old right-of-way that parallels the newer street configuration, so it can be used for this function: Station Alignments: I’m not...
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The Case in Greenwood: Why America Deserves Its Retail Blight.

The Case in Greenwood: Why America Deserves Its Retail Blight.
The local media thoroughly covered the City of Greenwood’s announcement that it had finally secured a developer for the site at the southeast corner of the I-65/County Line Road interchange—a tract where numerous proposals had come to light, most prominently featuring a Cabela’s. But, time and time again, none had materialized…part of the aftermath of the sour economy. Well, as of October 28, Gershman Partners announced its plans to develop the tract into over 700,000 square feet of retail. The announcement did not include any primary anchor tenants, suggesting that at this...
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How Indy Could Invest In Itself

How Indy Could Invest In Itself
This the follow-up post from the one I wrote on October 22nd. Indianapolis doesn’t have a lot of money to throw around at our various issues, and that money may be dwindling as I type. My number one money saving idea is simple: No more widened roads in the name of “improvement“. The phrase “If you’re in a hole, the first step is to stop digging” comes to mind here. But, consider that a widened city road: Costs more to maintain than it did previously. One mile of 2 lane road costs $312,000 just to be resurfaced. Places land into the public Right-of-Way which can no...
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The Dwindling Green Fields of Marion County

The Dwindling Green Fields of Marion County
Marion County is approaching full development. Sure, there will be pockets of empty fields and wooded lots here and there, but the large swaths of this type of land are basically relegated to Warren, Decatur and Franklin townships. Here’s a look at the wooded lots and crop fields that have been mapped in 2015: I combined these 2 layers into one layer here: Then, I placed the parks layer on top of the newly combined layer and whited it out, as the parks will most likely stay as green spaces for the next decade at least. I also removed the data that was sitting outside of Marion...
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Digital Archaeology through Google Street View

Digital Archaeology through Google Street View
“The apple that’s fresh is ripe to the core, and I rot over time and I’m not anymore.” –Sloan & Pelling   I’m probably a day late and a dollar short on noticing the time-scroll feature available with Google Street View. Perhaps it’s been there for months—years even. I just figured it out its full potential few weeks ago. Most people might ponder what the point of it is: after all, if Google has provided a streetscape photo from 2015, why would we still need one from way back in 2011? But for those of us who use it on an almost daily basis,...
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