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OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story

OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story
Readers of the Indianapolis Business Journal may recall that two years ago, members of this blog remonstrated against the design of the OneAmerica Parking Garage.  That story has never been told on Urban Indy, until now.  The reason for sharing this now will be explained towards the end of this article.  But first, some background on the process. A member of our team (who was at the time independent of this blog) first brought up the various issues with the urban design of the garage, which was proposed to replace a surface lot at the corner of New York and Illinois.  This garage was to be built...
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Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces

Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces
A few weeks ago, Urban Indy blogger mentioned how much he loved the new Eskenazi Hospital’s outdoor public plaza. I hadn’t heard much about it at the time, so I decided to explore it for myself. I knew the interior was centered around art, so I took a photo of this sculpture that is hanging from the ceiling near the lobby: The outdoor space in between the parking garage and the hospital is not bad: But, as Joe suggested, the public plaza is where the design really shines: The plaza includes an airy, glass paneled Duos restaurant: The top floor of the lower building includes an outdoor...
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Blight Elimination Program: Update

I wish to offer a retraction to the post that I made yesterday about the Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program.  Last night, I read this article and its accompanying video, and I realized that my post was made in haste.  That post is now locked down, and comments instead are welcome on this post. I will instead write a post about a different topic later today.  I will do my best to avoid writing such retractions in the future.  Thank you for reading Urban...
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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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