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The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?

The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?
Considering the wonderful coverage Curt here at Urban Indy provided in the months leading up to and during the construction of the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, it’s surprising that nobody wrote a feature once it opened. But it looks like we didn’t.   So here’s a chance, now that the garage has just celebrated its fourth birthday.   People in the local blogosphere routinely rant and rave about how many development projects have depended upon taxpayer subsidies to get off the ground—either in the form of liberal application of Tax Increment Financing, reduced-interest loans, or even...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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Strong Indy Meetup for June

Strong Indy Meetup for June
  Strong Indy will be having another monthly meetup happening a week early for the month of June on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM. We’ll be back to our more normal location at Rundell Ernstberger Associates. This month we’ll have the Indy MPO speaking to us about: · What is an Metropolitan Planning Organization? · Why a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? · Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures (the process to date) · Revenues · Projects and Project Prioritization · How do you get involved in an LRTP process? The MPO sets the spending priorities along with INDOT for a...
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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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Strong Indy Meetup for May

Strong Indy Meetup for May
Strong Indy, our local chapter of Strong Towns applied to our beloved city of Indianapolis, is having a very special monthly meeting this week on Thursday, May 18th. It’s being hosted by the Harrison Center for the Arts! Coming off some very strong (no pun intended) momentum from our last meetup and the success in supporting the Chatham Park development proposal, it’s time for another meetup! Join us at the Harrison Center where we’ll hear from Joanna Taft and what the Harrison Center is doing for creative placemaking and traffic calming along 16th street. Their efforts are...
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