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What Could Happen With Lafayette Square Mall? A Lot, or Maybe Not?

What Could Happen With Lafayette Square Mall? A Lot, or Maybe Not?
Last week, news broke that the property containing Lafayette Square Mall was for sale. Most of the mall has been struggling or vacant for years. But I want to focus on the land. This is a huge chunk of land that is basically 100 percent hardscape. How much land is this? I’ve overlaid the selected parcels onto the downtown imagery for perspective. It stretches from the downtown Kroger at Michigan/Capitol all of the way to City Way at Virginia/Louisiana. This is a massive, massive property. So, what can be done with it? First of all, Lafayette Square was built with the car in mind. However, there...
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One Less Car Downtown

One Less Car Downtown
Last week, I gave my prepaid parking pass back to my workplace. This is something I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time, and fortunately, my place of work has agreed to provide for my bus passes. Weekday Red Line service has been pretty-good-to-very-good so far. I’ve basically turned the station closest to my house into my own personal park-and-ride. Yes, I’m still using a car. After work, I need to pick my kids up from their schools. I don’t have a cargo bike. I’m bad at this urbanism thing. Still, I won’t miss driving and parking downtown one bit. Few...
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Save the date: Urban Indy Red Line Meetup, September 14

Save the date: Urban Indy Red Line Meetup, September 14
On September 14th, starting at 4 pm, Urban Indy will host a Red Line Meet-up. Here’s our tentative schedule: 4-5 Twenty Tap, at 54th and College Using the nice new IndyGo Ride Planner, we will plan to catch the Red Line downtown to the Transit Center at 5:06 pm. Dinner downtown at Pearl Street Pizza, which is about a block away. Ride the Red Line again to the end of the line, starting at 6:43 pm: This stop on the Red Line is conveniently right next to a Books and Brews location. Many of the establishments along the southern end of the Red Line will be participating in a special Red Line event on...
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This is for us

This is for us
Mass transit will never be the same again in Indianapolis. Finally, after years of planning, public meetings, and construction, Indianapolis is going to kick off the Red Line in less than a month. Lately, I’ve been seeing some online hand-wringing from residents that seem to be rooting for the system to fail.  And I suppose that’s only natural here in Indy. It’s big, it’s obvious, and it’s…not for cars? It took away auto lanes? What a not-in-Indy thing. Sure, we’ve nibbled around the edges with reclaiming the public space for all things non-auto (thank you...
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8/5 Red Line Update

8/5 Red Line Update
Major construction throughout the Red Line project has ended. The biggest new change has been the addition of red Bus Only lanes downtown from 18th Street to the State House. Here are some photos of that area, from twitter user @robyniko: Meanwhile, with the introduction of the street medians and some more red paint, traffic throughout the northern section at least seems to be moving at a sane speed, a first for my 20 year history of north College Ave. Here’s some new photos of the station at 52nd and College.   Here’s the IndyGo E-mail blast for this week: Three Week...
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