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PODCAST: What are we going to do about all these dead malls?

PODCAST: What are we going to do about all these dead malls?
This latest post–a podcast actually–is already over a week old, which would make it pretty stale by blogosphere terms, except that it’s particularly relevant for Urban Indy, in the wake of all the closures at the Circle Centre Mall (the most recent of which seems to be Abercrombie and Fitch, though I wouldn’t hold my breath for yet another closure before February). At any rate, this latest podcast has Aaron Renn of The Urbanophile interviewing me about my experience with this formerly ironclad retail typology.  No new malls have been built in a decade, and virtually all...
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Unfinished History: The 1988 Canal Extension

Unfinished History: The 1988 Canal Extension
This is the first post in what I hope will become a somewhat regular feature on Urban Indy. A few months ago, my coworker found this sketch of a proposed downtown canal extension, along with a Convention Center. In addition, there would be brick pavers all the way to the State Capital building from Monument Circle, and on through to the west. I’m unsure how far in the planning process this was. Google comes up empty on this one. Incidentally, I’ve heard that there used to be a requirement for all downtown proposals to submit 3-dimensional views similar to this one. It would be nice to...
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9 on Canal Phase II Renderings

9 on Canal Phase II Renderings
The second phase for the 9 on Canal project has been released to the Regional Center Hearing Examiner, and are shown below.  These are designed to be geared towards college students at IUPUI, and it does add another retail presence on the canal. This has been a tricky proposition in the past, and the canal is getting close to a full build-out. In addition to the proposed canal playscape, it does appear that at least the newer additions to the canal may help it start to be more than a mere office park amenity. The first image shows that the building is currently industrial, so adding more housing to...
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TWG Proposes Apartments for Former Gleaners’ Food Bank Site

TWG Proposes Apartments for Former Gleaners’ Food Bank Site
Good news for the East 16th Street Corridor, as a multi-use project has been proposed to the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development  (page 56). The site plan calls for saving the southern portion with the cool brick Art Moderne look, and demolishing the rest of the less-historic structure. This ultimately means the removal of the Gleaners mural. But overall, this appears to be another win for the 16th Street corridor. Social Media ...
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West Clay: A Lesson Learned?

West Clay: A Lesson Learned?
Recently, the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Hamilton County Blog has posted about troubles for the Village of West Clay’s retail area. I’ve always been fascinated by this development, as it was the first greenfield development in Central Indiana that attempted to form a traditional town center under the guise of New Urbanism. Here’s the layout as seen on Google Maps: A google Street View capture of the development’s downtown area shows what has been derided by critics as a “fake town.” This is basically a case of getting some basics right (tree, sidewalk,...
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