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Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois

Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois
The Local Initiative Support Corporation is undergoing a campaign to target neighborhood nodes for redevelopment purposes. The initial launch is known as Great Places 2020, and includes 3 corners: 38th at Illinois, Michigan at King, and Washington at Oxford. I contacted Laura Granieri from Midtown to learn more about 38th and Illinois to see what we can expect within the next 6 years. Listed below are the main highlights that are known at this time: Tarkington Park Urban Indy has known about the potential for investment in Tarkington Park for several years now, but at Ms. Granieri mentioned, funding...
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New Downtown Student Housing Proposal

New Downtown Student Housing Proposal
A significant new student housing proposal has been filed with the Department of Metropolitan Development. This will be located at Michigan and Capitol, and the lot is currently almost all surface parking. This will help in bridging the gap between downtown and IUPUI. Social Media ...
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IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview

IndyGo’s Route Changes: Downtown and North Side Preview
This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday. First, a look at how the transit center will work. Most of this is actually self-explanatory: The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area: Proposed midday frequency...
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IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings

IndyGo Moves Forward with Next Series of Public Meetings
As IndyGo executives continue to review its current network and assess where its priorities should lie, they will be hosting another series of public meetings this week.  As detailed in a recent IBJ article, IndyGo must decide whether to focus its resources on ridership or coverage.  Focusing on ridership would essentially mean investing in routes that would likely see enhanced ridership through higher frequency.  On the other hand, IndyGo could focus a higher percentage of resources on coverage, spreading itself thinner in order to serve more of the county.  With the minimal amount of...
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The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard

The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard
Earlier this year, the City engaged a process to rethink the City-County Building (CCB) Plaza, located south of the CCB. Once home to the county courthouse, the plaza, developed alongside the shiny new home for local government, never managed to provide a great space for the public. Instead, the harsh materials, hostile green space, barricaded fountains and inaccessible pathways to the entrance of the CCB have created a barren environment and maintenance headache. On even the nicest of days, this space goes largely unused. It may serve forever as a memorial to design that was largely form-based, with...
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