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Tackling the Circle of Disinvestment

Tackling the Circle of Disinvestment
This afternoon, a meeting will be convened to discuss demolishing 168 houses spread throughout the city with the Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program.  Most of these houses sit in area about 2-4 miles from downtown in Center Township, making it an almost complete circle of disinvestment: An organization known as Stop the Demolitions, Indianapolis has come forward with a much better idea. Instead of using precious resources to take properties off of our tax rolls and adding yet more grassy lots, we should instead be encouraging investment in these properties.  Fortunately, the city has some...
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Ironworks: A Temporary Bridge

Ironworks: A Temporary Bridge
The Ironworks project at 86th and Keystone is in its finishing stages. The mixed-use building will house apartments, along with a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and B Spot.  It will even house complimentary bikes for residents.  If I ignored the site plan, this project would look like a huge win.  Admittedly, a new building off of an interstate exit is notoriously difficult to design for anything other than vehicles, but there may be some missed opportunities here. I’m not really sure how people would bike or walk to this location. The best option would be to walk from the west from 86th...
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Better Blocks: Garfield Park

Tomorrow, Garfield Park is hosting a Better Blocks event, where residents collaborate with urbanists to activate streets.  This is the second year the neighborhood is hosting this event.  Last year, Graeme Sharpe and I attended the Better Blocks event in the Englewood neighborhood and had a great time.  I hope to be able to attend this tomorrow.  Here is the information on this year’s event that I received from a reader: Garfield Park Neighborhood Hosts Second Better Block Event, June 28 Event to Focus on the Potential to Create a Vibrant Neighborhood Center Indianapolis, Ind.  – On June...
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Indy Rezone Open House

Indy Rezone Open House
Finally, after 2 years of work, Indy Rezone is setting up public meetings to release some of their future plans for reforming our zoning code.  This is absolutely critical work. What are you hoping to see from this presentation?
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Coal Factory in Irvington

Coal Factory in Irvington
I have received some initial renderings from the Coal Factory redevelopment project in Irvington.  This looks to be an exciting reuse which should help bring some new attention to the neighborhood, as well as link to an extension of the Pennsy Trail. ...
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