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Guest Post by Ben Platz: Midtown’s new Nexus

Guest Post by Ben Platz: Midtown’s new Nexus
Hello everyone. This is an amazingly detailed guest post that was sent to me. Consider this to be leisure reading while hunkering down during the Coronavirus. Summary: The mission of Midtown’s New Nexus is to adapt the Indiana State Fairgrounds to its urban setting to maximize the utility of adjacent pedestrian trails and upcoming transit improvements. The current conditions of the two hundred fifty acre site diminish walkability and transit suitability while wasting the potential to substantially increase the tax base of Indianapolis. The creation of a new neighborhood, Midtown’s New Nexus, could...
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The Original Push to Build the Highways Below-Grade: Guest Posted by Anonymous

The Original Push to Build the Highways Below-Grade: Guest Posted by Anonymous
As we have a week of numerous North Split public and committee meetings on our schedules, I can’t help but be frustrated by how quick stakeholders are to gloss over the historical implications of the original interstate development. There seems to be a general consensus that the interstate routing decisions were bad in retrospect – it tore up blocks of housing and the fabric of neighborhoods, resulting in an economic decline for numerous downtown neighborhoods. It pushed out families. It demolished historic buildings. It erased history. Yet discussions continue today about potentially...
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Meet-Up: The North Split Public Open House

Meet-Up: The North Split Public Open House
Today, from 3-7 pm, INDOT will have their public open house for the North Split project. I am planning on attending, along with many other concerned local citizens. We are very worried about a wider, less attractive, and more intrusive elevated road right next to some of the most valuable real estate in the entire state. The meeting time and location are listed below: When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presentations will be given at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Where:  Biltwell Event Center 950 S. White River Parkway S. Drive Below are a few of the less intrusive renderings that are provided on...
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Urban Indy Turns 10: A Look Back, a Look Ahead

Urban Indy Turns 10: A Look Back, a Look Ahead
This website was born ten years ago on this date. When this blog first started, I was using actual film in an actual camera and scanning the photos. I took these particular photos to be developed at Cord Camera, which is now a fried chicken restaurant on Mass Avenue. I didn’t have a smart phone or a social media account, with the exception of MySpace. Urban Indy continued on as a solo project for a few years, then in 2010 I had some meetings with other bloggers to try to restart Urban Indy as a collaboration. We had a few really solid years, and some of this blogs best posts are from that era....
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City Market (Again): Maximizing the Tenant Potential.

City Market (Again): Maximizing the Tenant Potential.
I first featured the plight of the City Market on my personal blog, American Dirt, back in 2009, when it was in dire straits, just as it had been for many years. Decades, even. It was a pretty grim place: most of the perimeter simply offered unnecessary seating, the central vendor stalls were only-half full, and the ambiance of the market was cavernous and sterile, even during the peak lunch hour. I specifically interviewed local businesses for their opinions on City Market—successful operations like Moody’s Meats and Goose the Market—but neither one had much positive to say: the former business...
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