Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Feb 23rd, 2017 | 7 comments
Just south of downtown, there’s a gymnasium that dates from the year 1900 called the Turnverin:
It stands out in an odd section of Prospect Street. Notice the signs to the left of the building: that’s Interstate 70.
Here’s another view of the Turnverin:
It’s the same angle of the old building, but the streetview is from another road that acts just like an Interstate. Morris Street was converted into a mini-freeway sometime between 1956 and 1962. Here’s the aerial view of the street from 1956:
And here’s 1962:
Notice that this image was taken before Interstate 70 was...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Feb 7th, 2017 | 7 comments
Almost a decade ago, I set out to talk about urban planning issues in Indianapolis on a website. I didn’t know where it would go, or how many people would read it. I had no idea if it would fade away after a few months like so many other blogs, but it seemed to find a small niche. On April 11th 2017, Urban Indy turns 10. There would be no way this would have been possible without finding this niche.
However, there’s still more work to be done. There’s a veritable wonderland of blog posts on this website now (many of them not written by me) to draw inspiration, and to take action. The...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jan 26th, 2017 | 26 comments
I’m a big fan of the new Transit Center downtown. It’s attractive and functional. And the connected public plaza is relatively attractive. Now, the city has finalized the second round of plans for another public plaza, across the street at the City County Building. The first time around, the winning proposal was going to bust the budget, so this one is more subdued:
In essence, this means that a plaza will be across the street from another plaza. This could have some decent potential, with one major exception: The aforementioned street. Washington Street is a 4 lane wide, one way street,...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development, Transit
on Jan 9th, 2017 | 6 comments
After passing the referendum in Indianapolis with relative ease, the mass transit issue now moves to the City-County Council, which is first introduced tonight at 7 pm @ the City County Building. Here is the tentative schedule:
1/9–Introduced at council meeting and assigned to Rules & Public Policy Committee (7pm Assembly Room)
1/30 at 7pm for public testimony to the whole council
2/1–hearing at Municipal Corporation Committee (5:30pm Room 260)
2/21–official advertised public hearing and vote by Rules Committee (5:30pm Room 260)
2/27–full council votes on final adoption...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Jan 3rd, 2017 | 19 comments
There’s been a hotel proposed for this property for at least a decade. Seriously. It popped back up again 2 years ago. Still, nothing has been built on this valuable surface lot at the corner of Georgia and Pennsylvania Streets. However, it’s a significant enough of a proposal that the latest iteration deserved a post all its own. The Indy Historic Preservation Committee has posted the renderings and site plan, which can be seen below:
I’m happy that most of the garage will not front the main streets, and that it will at least include street-level retail. Kinda sad that they...