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Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment

Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment
This is a start of what will hopefully be a new series of posts on some old remnant sidewalks in the city, which can pop up from time to time in places that one wouldn’t normally expect. This one in Babe-Denny near I-70 popped out at me when I was viewing the aerial of the neighborhood. This area is ravaged by awful car-based streets, that seem to pour vehicles as quickly and as often as possible onto and off of the looming Interstate. But, probably when this configuration was built, at least they found room for a sidewalk connecting one part of Ray Street with another: I’ve looked at the...
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Bike Party, Indy

Bike Party, Indy
Bike Party Indy is an informal collective of individuals who meet once a month, starting off at the City Market downtown. From there, they ride in the evening, usually as a group. If someone gets left behind, they stop. The group practices safe cycling techniques, and is relaxed and welcoming to anyone who wants to join. Last Friday, I attended my first ever bike party, which happened to be their 2nd anniversary meeting. It won’t be my last: I loved the sense of camaraderie with this group. This wasn’t a race, but a leisurely ride. We explored a relatively large area from Windsor Park to...
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Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts

Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts
Today marks the 11th anniversary of Urban Indy. I apologize for my lack of recent posts, but I’m still around. There is a lot to talk about, but the one project that got the most votes on my twitter poll was the Hanna International Lofts in Lafayette Square. This part of town has long interested me, as it could have faltered heavily through a lack of investment.  The built environment is pure 1960’s-1990’s sprawl. There isn’t much that has been built that is worth saving, including the old Hooters where this project will live. Since we are the capital city of the state,...
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Another Parking Lot Gone?

Another Parking Lot Gone?
It appears the trend of developing our lowest and worst uses will continue with a new proposal for the storied parking lot at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Vermont. Perhaps inspired by TWG’s development on the old Indy Star site, this proposal calls for a 7-story, mixed-use building with 165 dwelling units, 157-space parking garage and 2,200 square feet of retail. We just received this, so we are interested in your thoughts.   This petition, 2018-REG-031 is scheduled to be heard Thursday, April 26 at 10 am in room 1842 of the City-County Building.   Social Media ...
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Guest Post by Bill Watts: The Newfields Travesty: Taking the IMA out of Indianapolis

Guest Post by Bill Watts: The Newfields Travesty: Taking the IMA out of Indianapolis
This is guest post that was sent to me by an Urban Indy reader, Bill Watts. A reminder that we run guest posts, so if you have an article that you wish to share, please e-mail it to me at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. “Newfields,” the new brand for the institution formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is more notable for what it does not say than for what it does. It is not primarily concerned with art. It is not in the city of Indianapolis. And, most emphatically, it is no longer a museum. Before I get to the consequence of these pointed omissions, let me begin with two...
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