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Connecting People to Parks: Grassy Creek Trail

Connecting People to Parks: Grassy Creek Trail
One of the larger issues that suburban Indianapolis faces is lack of connectivity, especially for anyone not in a vehicle. One of the more interesting new efforts to change this is the recent addition of Grassy Creek Trail. It doesn’t look like much from the large scale view: A zoom in to the northern trail head shows something rather unique, at least for a suburban trail: there is only a one-car parking lot: There are likely close to 500 people living in the subdivision and apartment complex to the north here. And the one thing that this style of development has in spades is a lot of on-street...
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Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods

Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods
Indianapolis has largely succeeded in transforming its downtown from a sleepy no-man’s land to a place where people want to be. It’s not perfect, but it’s a downtown that can stand up among its peers. Throughout all of this focus on downtown, Indy’s neighborhoods have largely maintained a similar trajectory with regards to their built form for the past century. Broad Ripple and Fountain Square have probably seen the most new development, but almost every new structure has had to include a nod to off street auto parking. This raises the cost for development, increasing the...
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Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial

Separated Bike Paths: Safer, More Useful, and Possibly Less Controversial
Few subjects draw the ire of neighborhood residents like bike lanes. Our posts on the Broad Ripple bike lanes featured comment threads that got almost out of control. And to this day, I still think in general these lanes are a positive change, as vehicles drive slower through the section now, and the road feels safer to the user (including pedestrians and drivers, as well as cyclists). The lanes are basically a simple coat of white paint. The pavement that was a 40-mile an hour 4 lane road is slightly less of a stroad now. I haven’t talked much about bike lanes since the Broad Ripple Avenue ones...
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Indygo’s Red Line Updates

Indygo’s Red Line Updates
Today, IndyGo released a brand new web page highlighting the upcoming Red Line project. The page features an interactive construction map, which will be helpful in the near future. Indygo is also scheduling neighborhood talks, which are shown below. I’m planning on attending the event at Upland, which I’m sure will be interesting: Tuesday 9/12 | 7:00 AM Calvin Fletchers Coffee Company 647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 Thursday 9/14 | 4:30 PM Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery 702 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 Wednesday 9/20 | 4:30 PM TwoDEEP Brewing Co. 714 N Capitol Ave,...
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Potential New Grocery at 38th and Illinois

Potential New Grocery at 38th and Illinois
The North United Methodist Church is planning on developing some of their land, which is currently underutilized. The most exciting portion of this new proposal (page 71) is a potential grocery store, in a neighborhood that is currently a food desert: The land use plan looks quite good. I like that they plan on sparing the existing Ace Hardware Store, and will build around it without overwhelming it. The development would also feature new apartments and another mixed use building. It is key to get the brand of grocery right. It would be a perfect fit for a new Aldi or Lidl. I hope this development...
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