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Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside

Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside
Note: To see previous Friday Fun posts, click here. One of the more interesting and popular ways to increase density in historic Single-Family-Housing neighborhoods is to allow a carriage house toward the backside of the lot. Often, the new residence will sit on the second floor of a new garage for the property. This has been occurring with relative regularity within the urban core, so it wasn’t surprising to see such a proposal to this Victorian on Park: However, this carriage house in particular jumped off the latest IHPC agenda (page 113): The IHPC staff issued these responses: THE DESIGN...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development

Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development
Urban blogs are used to defending their points of views from a more car-centric culture that prevails in many places in the US, and especially here in Indianapolis. But there is one major place where urban blogs receive a bit of pushback from those on the left side of the spectrum: Neighborhood infill, especially multi-story structures. There is an overriding fear that these larger projects will kill the culture of the neighborhood, or make it too expensive. And those are very legitimate concerns. This post intends to lay out my reasons for supporting most of these developments, or at least making them...
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East Side Bike Ride Photo Review

East Side Bike Ride Photo Review
I hope that everyone who was able to attend our East Side Bike Ride enjoyed the trip. I had a great time meeting others who were interested in this topic. Here are some photos from the trip: Meeting in front of the 100 + year old Ford plant to discuss future plans: Joe Smoker from NEAR joined us to help inform on housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment: Enjoying the view from Highland Park: Thanks to Centerpoint Brewing for hosting the group at the end: Thanks again to all who came to this event. I hope to do this type of gathering again in the future. Social Media ...
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