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Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development

Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development
Urban blogs are used to defending their points of views from a more car-centric culture that prevails in many places in the US, and especially here in Indianapolis. But there is one major place where urban blogs receive a bit of pushback from those on the left side of the spectrum: Neighborhood infill, especially multi-story structures. There is an overriding fear that these larger projects will kill the culture of the neighborhood, or make it too expensive. And those are very legitimate concerns. This post intends to lay out my reasons for supporting most of these developments, or at least making them...
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Closing Time for Chatham Park? Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development

Closing Time for Chatham Park?  Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development
I’ve covered the evolution of the Chatham Park proposal multiple times on this blog, so it might seem like overkill to feature it yet again. But it isn’t. Why not? Because it hasn’t gone away. After multiple presentations before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC), it remains in an ambiguous state, neither approved nor disapproved. The IBJ covers the latest attempt thoroughly.  And, after the early-April meeting, it remains tabled, awaiting further changes until it meets the IHPC’s standards. In the meantime, we all get to look at the withering old school building, which...
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East Side Bike Ride Photo Review

East Side Bike Ride Photo Review
I hope that everyone who was able to attend our East Side Bike Ride enjoyed the trip. I had a great time meeting others who were interested in this topic. Here are some photos from the trip: Meeting in front of the 100 + year old Ford plant to discuss future plans: Joe Smoker from NEAR joined us to help inform on housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment: Enjoying the view from Highland Park: Thanks to Centerpoint Brewing for hosting the group at the end: Thanks again to all who came to this event. I hope to do this type of gathering again in the future. Social Media ...
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Reminder: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary Bike Tour

Reminder: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary Bike Tour
This post is a reminder about the upcoming Urban Indy East Side Bike Ride. There should be a good crew of people on hand, including some who have knowledge about upcoming projects and proposals. Join us at 2 pm, Saturday, April 15th at the Old Ford Plant at 1301 East Washington Street. Please let me know if you plan on attending, either through commenting here, or by e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail.com Social Media
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Date Change: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary East Side Bike Tour on April 15th

Date Change: Urban Indy 10th Anniversary East Side Bike Tour on April 15th
UPDATE: Due to many schedule conflicts, we are planning on changing the date for this event to April 15th Urban Indy hits its 10-year anniversary on April 11th. As that is a Tuesday, I’ve decided to host the gathering on the Saturday after the official date, April 15th. A few years ago, we hosted a construction tour of major downtown projects. This year, I thought it would be interesting to have a bicycle tour of the Near-East Side. It has been greatly overshadowed by places such as Fountain Square and Fall Creek Place, but neighborhoods such as Holy Cross, Englewood, and Cottage Home have been...
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