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Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,

Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,
Editors note: This guest post was provided to Urban Indy from an employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. We will also welcome any comments or rebuttals that readers might contribute. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the sixth annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy. The event included three panel discussions regarding the 50th anniversary of Unigov. I wanted to share some of the major themes and takeaways with everyone. The symposium was especially timely, given Sen. Richard Lugar’s death. The event opened with a short...
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Red Line Construction Update: 6/11

Red Line Construction Update: 6/11
This week has seen a good deal of entries for construction photos. I’ll start with the Shelby and Hanna station, from Austin Gibble: On the opposite side of town, I was able to get more photos of the 52nd and College station yesterday. The platform was actually installed earlier in the day: Closer to downtown, reader Justin Harter sent in a station that had visible heating elements for snow melting at 9th and Capitol: Finally, a nice shot at the State Capitol station from reader Matt Wakefield: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on...
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Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019

Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019
Our guest photo this week comes from contributor Andy Arenson, who sent me a shot of 22nd and Meridian: Here are some photos near 52nd and College. The triangular diverter is now placed in the street on 51st Street: There are still a ton of utility poles in the sidewalks after this project. A bummer, but at least people should be able to get around them in the future. Here was the preliminary station last week. It’s more complete now, but I don’t have photos of it: Here’s IndyGo’s email for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on College Ave through...
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Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects

Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects
One of the defining features of the history of Indianapolis is its urban streetcar network. The last streetcar to run in Indy was located on College Avenue. Here’s the network as it was built in 1923: By the 1950s, the lines had largely been replaced by city buses. Instead of removing them, the rails were simply paved over. The current Red Line project has been excavating the tracks in the locations where the construction is most significant. Then, Michael McKillop from Midtown Indy had an idea. Instead of scrapping the tracks (as was originally intended), they have been saved, and are currently...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/11

Red Line Construction Update: 5/11
This week, I’ll be using photos provided by Dawn Olsen. She recently visited the 30th and Meridian Station. I particularly like the one of the citizen laughing in the middle of the street. Human interactions like this will be more common in Indy after this project is finished. Here’s the weekly IndyGo email: College Avenue: There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations this week to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas. 42nd Street – one lane closure May 23 for up to 3...
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