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Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later

Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later
This morning I was cleaning up some files on my work computer, and I came across a map that I found of the old streetcar network from 1923. I linked this image back in 2008, but it’s worth revisiting again: At my workplace, I was able to work on this file a little bit, and I created a shapefile of the network as faithfully as I could:   Basically, if I was unsure about the actual routes, I’d follow the roads in places where I could find historic mixed-use buildings in the city. The businesses located in these buildings often relied on their locations next to the streetcars, so I...
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PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line

PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line
It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses.  Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger. I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown.  The driver is usually looking left...
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Downtown Cummins Executive HQ

Downtown Cummins Executive HQ
By now, pretty much everyone familiar with development in Indianapolis has seen the 2 eye-catching renderings of the proposed Cummins Executive Headquarters. If not, here they are: This could raise the bar for architecture in Indianapolis. But is it good development? The city basically gave away prime real estate for new offices and a parking garage. There are plenty of office vacancies and lightly-used parking garages around downtown. But the amount of undeveloped downtown super blocks is finite. This makes the project is a bit more of a mixed bag overall. I’m happy that they have left the...
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Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois

Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois
The Local Initiative Support Corporation is undergoing a campaign to target neighborhood nodes for redevelopment purposes. The initial launch is known as Great Places 2020, and includes 3 corners: 38th at Illinois, Michigan at King, and Washington at Oxford. I contacted Laura Granieri from Midtown to learn more about 38th and Illinois to see what we can expect within the next 6 years. Listed below are the main highlights that are known at this time: Tarkington Park Urban Indy has known about the potential for investment in Tarkington Park for several years now, but at Ms. Granieri mentioned, funding...
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New Downtown Student Housing Proposal

New Downtown Student Housing Proposal
A significant new student housing proposal has been filed with the Department of Metropolitan Development. This will be located at Michigan and Capitol, and the lot is currently almost all surface parking. This will help in bridging the gap between downtown and IUPUI. Social Media ...
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