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Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union

Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union
Back in 2005, I sat on the Historic Irvington Community Council’s design and zoning review committee. Irvington had just recently become a historic district and was under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Not long into our life as a historic district, a developer submitted an application to redevelop the northeast corner of East Washington Street and Audubon Road, a prominent intersection in the neighborhood. The corner was home to two vacant buildings. The corner building was a 60’s era building that most recently housed an auto parts store. East of it was a...
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A Circle Centre for downtown dwellers and Dungeons & Dragons masters

Having worked downtown for eleven years, I’ve seen every convention group that we’ve hosted. And who are they? They are church groups and future farmers, hardware store owners and race car suppliers, firefighters and D&D masters. They fill the hotels and restaurants and bars downtown. They do some shopping, but very few are shopping at Nordstrom. Even the typical Indianapolis non-convention tourist isn’t interested in the downtown Nordstrom. They are either shopping with their family at the Zoo or Children’s Museum gift shops or they are eating and drinking before the Colts game, Final...
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IndyGo should go back to school. I suggest IUPUI.

It was right after the new year that Kevin Kastner sent an email that read: IUPUI real time bus locator: http://www.shepherdis.com/iupui/ I click on the link and find this: I replied back suggesting the following simple Urban Indy post: Why the f*** doesn’t IndyGo have this? I’m not trying to be crude, but of all the things that have been discussed, to me a bus locator for web and mobile applications would be the best added value for the dollar. Rail corridors, while important, can only cover so many people. Buses are still needed. Additional bus lines, which are still greatly needed, are...
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The importance of street presence

What does it mean to have a visual connection between inside and out? What is the impact of having street presence? In commerce, it could mean the difference between success and failure. Take for example the former Taste of Tango restaurant. As far as know, it was a fine restaurant. But I never dined there. Why? I walked by the place several dozen times. But I could never see inside. I could never determine what kind of restaurant it was. You first eat with your eyes. And Taste of Tango looked bland. Hidden. Unappetizing. Now look at Hue Dine. It isn’t open. Or even finished. But walking by, it...
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Options for Bush Stadium

Since its opening in 1996, Victory Field has received much praise as the home of the Indianapolis Indians.  And rightfully so.  It is a beautiful ballpark in an urban setting that has helped link the central part of downtown to White River State Park. But the one downside to the new ballpark is what was left behind: Bush Stadium.  After fourteen years, it is still unknown what will become of the historic stadium.  The Indianapolis Star had some information on two different proposals for the property. The most recent proposal from John Watson calls for the salvaging of Bush Stadium’s façade and...
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