This website was born ten years ago on this date. When this blog first started, I was using actual film in an actual camera and scanning the photos. I took these particular photos to be developed at Cord Camera, which is now a fried chicken restaurant on Mass Avenue. I didn’t have a smart phone or a social media account, with the exception of MySpace.
Urban Indy continued on as a solo project for a few years, then in 2010 I had some meetings with other bloggers to try to restart Urban Indy as a collaboration. We had a few really solid years, and some of this blogs best posts are from that era. This was temporary, as we had to say goodbye to major contributors, who moved on to other cities. I stayed here, along with others who provided e-mails, blog posts, and behind-the-scenes knowledge. Fortunately, we’ve also been able to add other authors to reignite the fires.
Usually we toil a bit under the radar. Other times, we touch a nerve, and have to shut down the comments. Sometimes, even, we actually get a major organization’s attention. Throughout it all, we’ve tried to remain informative and even-keeled (these are 2 of our most frequently read posts, and both are a healthy zero-percent click-bait).
I intend to keep this website mainly as you have known it throughout the years. The content will remain free and searchable. I’ll keep writing new posts. There is plenty of development going on in Indy. And that is something that I’ve rarely mentioned: I am almost completely dependent upon the city itself to keep changing. Urban Indy wouldn’t exist after a decade if Indianapolis was stagnant. There are still successes and failures and projects and just interesting stuff going on. And I intend to continue to push for a more equitable transportation network…sometimes sweating the details, sometimes dreaming, sometimes paying attention to others who catch what I miss. There are always new opportunities for the city to do something better.
Special thanks to all those who have posted, guest posted, commented, tweeted, and facebooked over the past 10 years. We couldn’t have gotten this far without Indy’s online and public network of citizens. Thank you.
Finally, don’t forget to join us this Saturday at 2 pm for the East Side bike ride!