Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Mar 3rd, 2014 | 1 comment
Last week, I was able to take a short trip to New York City with my wife. While she was busy with her work training sessions in the day, I made a point to geek out on their new Bike Share system, as well as the High Line elevated park.
Here’s a look at the first docking station that I used on the southern tip of Manhattan. The process was slightly time-consuming, but generally straight forward and problem free:
I then headed to Shake Shack, a legendary burger shop that has been expanding in the city. Docking the bike nearby proved to be slightly difficult, and I had to have someone explain that...
Posted by Joe Smoker in Neighborhoods, New Development, Transit
on Feb 28th, 2014 | 15 comments
Minutes after the closing remarks were complete and the last of the press packed up their vans, we were left with a positive message to Live Indy. Mayor Ballard, a long time proponent of a stronger urban center, reinforced his position by declaring war on an urban population in flux. After decades of seeing people and job centers relocate to our adjacent neighbors’ counties, it appears that Indy has finally heard the message loud and clear. “We want a true urban center”! A center for families and young urban professionals alike. While an almost infinite amount of intangibles enter...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Transit
on Feb 21st, 2014 | 7 comments
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago. Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal:
This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
Posted by Nathan Smurdon in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Feb 15th, 2014 | 2 comments
Didn’t get a chance to pause and absorb the beauty of the city during yesterday’s snowstorm? No problem – Urban Indy has you covered. Armed with my high powered professional Canon DSLR digital HTC Evo smartphone camera and properly dressed in a snowsuit, waterproof boots and ski googles a business suit, no gloves and dress shoes, I captured a few of my favorite places around downtown in all their snowy glory.
So grab a cup of coffee and scroll through – let us know which you like best in the comments below. And if you have recommendations for a good pair of snow boots...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Feb 10th, 2014 | 29 comments
This video was amazing to me. Most of the time, local news crews seem to focus on any changes or challenges to driving conditions, but this report deals directly with the lack of sidewalk clearance within the city after a snowfall. Not only that, the first part of the report mentions that snow should be cleared off before if freezes hard to the concrete, which is an important point:
13 WTHR Indianapolis
Last month I walked on the south side of Broad Ripple Avenue next to the Subway restaurant, and it was covered in old crusty ice. There had been plenty of time to have cleared it when it was warm...