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Plan2020

Plan2020
Recently, I have been honored with an appointment to the Plan2020 initiative as a part of the Connect Indy Committee.  I ask the readers of this blog take this as an opportunity to make some recommendations that they wish the initiative will address. Please post a comment, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.  This is our chance to have a say in the six plans that the city will be updating as a part of this...
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Monon Trail Details – Broad Ripple Ave to the White River

Monon Trail Details – Broad Ripple Ave to the White River
I spend quite a bit of time getting around the city at the human pace – which I love because it allows me to soak in the smaller details of our city – both good and bad. I was cruising through Broad Ripple on the Monon recently and in the few blocks between Broad Ripple Ave and the White River I noticed quite a few new additions to that section of the trail that prompted a return trip to snap a few photos. Starting from the south and working north, we first encounter the nearly finished product of Monon Pointe that Kevin covered back in April with this post. While they don’t embrace...
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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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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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Fall Creek Trail – Construction Update 6

Fall Creek Trail – Construction Update 6
Most construction on the trail appears to be complete, so it’s a good time for a follow up post.  See earlier posts on the construction by Curt Ailes here. I like the signage, and blue color theme to contrast with the red color of the Monon Trail: Nice bioswale here: Not sure why the benches face the parking lot instead of the creek: Both of the parking lots feature a bit more asphalt than I would like to see. I’m not sure if the turnaround is needed here, and the other lot has a separate exit and entrance. By the way, pulling out of this lot onto Fall Creek Parkway feels very...
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