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An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets

An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets
Last year, I wrote an article about the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development’s seeming devotion to neighborhood land use plans. This is still an ongoing issue, as mid-block duplex proposals keep getting denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This is a sure-fire way to raise housing costs, and stifle the growth of our burgeoning transit system. And now, they are not even listening to their own advice regarding land use plans. Witness a few bullet points, starting on the 15th page of the latest MDC Staff Report: This request would rezone the site from the D-5 District to...
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Residential Solar Power

Residential Solar Power
The current 30% federal tax credit for installing solar panels will go down each year before being eliminated in 2022. Join the Solar United Neighbors co-op by July 31st, 2019 to get a bulk rate on installation. There’s no obligation.   Saving money Whether or not you want to save the environment, you almost certainly want to save money on electricity. The best way to do either is to reduce your usage — more efficient light bulbs and appliances, turning off things you’re not using, line drying clothes, etc. – but solar panels can help a lot, too. How much depends on a lot of...
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Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,

Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,
Editors note: This guest post was provided to Urban Indy from an employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. We will also welcome any comments or rebuttals that readers might contribute. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the sixth annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy. The event included three panel discussions regarding the 50th anniversary of Unigov. I wanted to share some of the major themes and takeaways with everyone. The symposium was especially timely, given Sen. Richard Lugar’s death. The event opened with a short...
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Red Line Construction Update: 6/11

Red Line Construction Update: 6/11
This week has seen a good deal of entries for construction photos. I’ll start with the Shelby and Hanna station, from Austin Gibble: On the opposite side of town, I was able to get more photos of the 52nd and College station yesterday. The platform was actually installed earlier in the day: Closer to downtown, reader Justin Harter sent in a station that had visible heating elements for snow melting at 9th and Capitol: Finally, a nice shot at the State Capitol station from reader Matt Wakefield: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on...
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Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019

Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019
Our guest photo this week comes from contributor Andy Arenson, who sent me a shot of 22nd and Meridian: Here are some photos near 52nd and College. The triangular diverter is now placed in the street on 51st Street: There are still a ton of utility poles in the sidewalks after this project. A bummer, but at least people should be able to get around them in the future. Here was the preliminary station last week. It’s more complete now, but I don’t have photos of it: Here’s IndyGo’s email for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on College Ave through...
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