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Complete Streets Ordinance Update

Complete Streets Ordinance Update
Three years ago this summer, the City-County Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in a unanimous vote, joining hundreds of cities nationwide that chose to commit to accessibility for all modes and abilities in their transportation planning. Shortly afterwards, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition recognized Indianapolis’ ordinance as the top Complete Streets ordinance out of nearly 130 policies adopted nationwide that year. The city has committed to this policy, but how has it been playing out in the implementation stage? Are the improvements on the ground living up...
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Not Just Wishful Thinking? A Quick Look at Plan 2020’s Bicentennial Plan

Not Just Wishful Thinking? A Quick Look at Plan 2020’s Bicentennial Plan
Do you ever look around your city and think, “I wish that we had…”? If I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted to change or add to my city, it would fill up a couple of pages easily. Now imagine if you compiled the wish list of more than 100 leaders representing different interests and lifestyles from around a city. What would that look like? How long would that list be? As it turns out, Plan 2020 did just that for Indianapolis, and the result is their 20-page Bicentennial Agenda (among a slew of other, more technical documents). If you’re feeling Leslie Knope-ish, the...
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