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Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse

Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse
We knew it was going to happen eventually.   Sears Holdings Company recently announced the latest wave of closures for its two flagship department stores—Sears and Kmart—and they did not spare metro Indy from the chopping block. This time around, the Sears is closing at Castleton Square Mall, the largest and, in most regards, the best-known mall in the region. Once Sears is gone, the chain will only have one location left in the entire metro of two million: down on the south side, at Greenwood Park Mall.   We could assert that Sears’ departure is a huge blow to Castleton, but the...
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Another Parking Lot Gone?

Another Parking Lot Gone?
It appears the trend of developing our lowest and worst uses will continue with a new proposal for the storied parking lot at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Vermont. Perhaps inspired by TWG’s development on the old Indy Star site, this proposal calls for a 7-story, mixed-use building with 165 dwelling units, 157-space parking garage and 2,200 square feet of retail. We just received this, so we are interested in your thoughts.   This petition, 2018-REG-031 is scheduled to be heard Thursday, April 26 at 10 am in room 1842 of the City-County Building.   Social Media ...
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IndyGo Route Improvements Set for February

IndyGo Route Improvements Set for February
IndyGo has announced additional trips along some key routes for February of this year. This has likely occurred in part because of the new income tax, which was able to start being collected in October of 2017. This announcement serves as a reminder that these system changes were not all about the Red Line. These new improvements happen to occur in some of the most transit-dependent areas in the city. Social Media ...
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Strong Indy Meetup for June

Strong Indy Meetup for June
  Strong Indy will be having another monthly meetup happening a week early for the month of June on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM. We’ll be back to our more normal location at Rundell Ernstberger Associates. This month we’ll have the Indy MPO speaking to us about: · What is an Metropolitan Planning Organization? · Why a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? · Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures (the process to date) · Revenues · Projects and Project Prioritization · How do you get involved in an LRTP process? The MPO sets the spending priorities along with INDOT for a...
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Strong Indy Meetup for May

Strong Indy Meetup for May
Strong Indy, our local chapter of Strong Towns applied to our beloved city of Indianapolis, is having a very special monthly meeting this week on Thursday, May 18th. It’s being hosted by the Harrison Center for the Arts! Coming off some very strong (no pun intended) momentum from our last meetup and the success in supporting the Chatham Park development proposal, it’s time for another meetup! Join us at the Harrison Center where we’ll hear from Joanna Taft and what the Harrison Center is doing for creative placemaking and traffic calming along 16th street. Their efforts are...
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