Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Jan 23rd, 2014 | 30 comments
Details have been released on the proposed downtown fire station which will replace the one that currently sits on prime real estate on Mass Ave. The new station will sit on the property that is currently occupied by the Red Cross, which itself will be moving to Meridian Street.
The early returns on the design are not pretty, and are not fit for the urban environment.
Here is the proposed site plan:
In the comments regarding the proposal on Skyscraper City, CDC Guy mentions how this fire station is very similar in form to one in suburban Greenwood, shown below:
There is proof out there that the...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods
on Jan 22nd, 2014 | 13 comments
We the undersigned at Urban Indy would like to take this opportunity to lend our voice in support of Freedom Indiana, and against HJR-3, which seeks to discriminate against Hoosiers based on their sexual orientation. This constitutional amendment only sends a message that leaders in the state are behind the times. Instead, elected officials should be listening to the institutions and individuals who have risen up against this proposal. We hope that, if this measure does pass the State Legislature, that Indiana’s citizens will not enshrine discrimination into the State’s...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development
on Jan 16th, 2014 | 17 comments
A mostly innocuous-looking building at Alabama and New York Streets is undergoing a major renovation project. Formerly housing only a law firm, the first floor is being converted into a bank.
Here is what it used to look like, courtesy of Google Street View:
Here is how it looked, as of this morning. Notice the new ADA-accessible entrance on the south side, which appears to be included tastefully:
There are probably critics who will lament the loss of the concrete facade, as a testament that some developers still have not learned the lessons of the past with regards to appreciation of our...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Jan 9th, 2014 | 16 comments
Welcome to the flipside of the great freeze-out of 2014 (hopefully it will be the only one). I was happy to act as directed by the mayor and stayed home from Sunday until Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, I didn’t have to leave the house to see something inspiring on the internet. Our man living next to the Cultural Trail, Joe Smoker, took this photo of the machine that keeps the Cultural Trail clear of snow and posted it on Facebook:
Apparently this machine arrived more frequently than the street plows, and it makes good sense. One of Indy’s most valuable public assets is only good if it...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, New Development
on Dec 18th, 2013 | 1 comment
I briefly thought of coming up with a list of the highs and lows as they pertained to Indianapolis development. But lists are not my thing, and instead I will focus on my favorite trend of the year: buildings being reused as apartments. This has been going on for a number of years, but it seems like 2013 was a particular high point for Center Township reuse.
1352 Illinois Street:
800 N Capitol:
The American Building:
There are plenty more that we have not featured or photographed, including the Central Products Supply at Central and 10th. What is your favorite trend of...