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Monon Pointe

Monon Pointe
Another day, another post about a new Chipotle in Indianapolis. This building replaces a former stand-alone liquor store in Broad Ripple, and it appears to be successful for the most part.  And, yes, it will also house a Chipotle, just like the last post that I made. Here’s the view from the 1001 Food + Drink parking lot: From the southwest corner: From the north side: It does appear that the building does not embrace the Monon Trail as much as it could have. Thankfully, though, the front door is on Broad Ripple Avenue, and not the parking lot: What do you...
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Building Small

Building Small
I’m a huge fan of the new building to house a Chipotle on Washington Street downtown. So much so that I’ve taken photos of it in various stages of completion.  Here it was last September: Here it is as of Friday, March 28th: A major advantage that this site has over the larger projects around town is its location in between two long-standing buildings. The architects of Chipotle building didn’t have to worry about the appearance 2 of the 4 facades.  This shows the importance of preserving old buildings around town that make use of the entire parcel.   Another unique aspect of...
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Public Meeting to Discuss Midtown TIF District

Public Meeting to Discuss Midtown TIF District
The Midtown TIF district is a bit of a hot-button issue around town. The Midtown Economic Council will host a public meeting on Thursday to discuss some of the aspects of a few major proposals, including the potential Whole Foods and the transformation of Tarkington Park.  More information about the meeting can be found via this...
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Georgia Street Programming

Georgia Street Programming
The Georgia Street transformation has been completed for a few years now, so it’s a good time to look at how the public space is faring.  This was an exciting project when it was first announced, but there was a major issue with its sustained success: most of the buildings that faced it had never really taken advantage of foot traffic.  I’m not sure if that aspect has changed that much in the past 2 years.  However, with the Indy Star taking over the top 2 floors of the former Nordstrom Space, there is hope that they will be able to open up the building a bit. The good news is that the...
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Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out

Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues. Building...
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