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Thoughts on Potential Urbanism of Mid-Century Modernism

Thoughts on Potential Urbanism of Mid-Century Modernism
A few weeks ago, I stopped in to the Christian Theological Seminary for this first time. I’ve often seen it mentioned as the best example of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the city, and its origins from the Irwin Miller family helps lend that argument credibility. I admit that I was slow in appreciating this style, but I do agree that this space is special:     Earlier this year, CTS released a document of their new Master Plan which includes a Spiritual Trail running through campus. Some screen captures are posted below: This is all admirable, but I think it hits at a...
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Speedway Roundabout

Speedway Roundabout
The large new roundabout at the intersection of 16th Street, Crawfordsville Road, and Main Street has been completed, and I was able to get a glimpse of it recently. It is so new that it isn’t complete on the most recent Google aerial photo: Aesthetically, the intersection’s redesign is a major improvement. Indy unfortunately has a lot of “I’d rather be anywhere else than here right now” intersections, and this was likely in the top 10: Now it has brick crosswalks, new steel benches, street signs, and lamp posts. And people have better access the newly redesigned Main...
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10th and Park

10th and Park
Milhaus has sent a press release promoting their new development located at 10th and Park. Unlike many new downtown projects that have occurred since the 2008 market crash, this one is intended to be owner-occupied. A few new renderings were released and are shown below: Shown below are the approved site plans and earlier renderings on the IHPC staff report: It looks to be a solid project overall. Social Media ...
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Urban Indy’s 8th Anniversary Gathering

Urban Indy is turning 8 years old on Saturday, April 11. Some of the bloggers and I have decided to mark the occasion with a gathering at Tomlinson Tap Room at 7:30 pm. If anyone is coming from the north side near Broad Ripple, feel free to join me on a bike ride downtown at 7 pm. We hope to see a good crowd there.   Social Media
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Ideas for 38th and Illinois

Ideas for 38th and Illinois
Yesterday, I attended the 2nd of 3 neighborhood meetings to discuss development plans for 38th and Illinois. I was able to share some ideas with the meeting organizers to make the project as successful as possible. I firmly believe that 38th and Illinois will not be a truly successful neighborhood node without reigning in the 6 lanes of traffic that currently divides the neighborhood. Back in 2007, when the project was new, Aaron Renn knew that not altering the traffic configuration meant that the project would not be a game-changer. In a way, it’s unfortunate that a lot of money was already...
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