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Potential Multi-Use Proposal for Chatham Arch

Potential Multi-Use Proposal for Chatham Arch
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Committee has filed renderings for a proposal on the former Day Nursery, along East Street. This location currently serves as a de facto dog park. The renderings look promising: As usual, there are neighborhood concerns about the parking variance within the posted document. Overall, it looks like it could be a nice project. Social Media ...
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Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit

Mobilizing in Support for Mass Transit
The next month will be absolutely critical for supporters of Indianapolis Transit. First, they need to pass the budget for 2017. The budget didn’t clear a Committee Hearing last month in a surprise move. Fortunately there is still time to save the budget, with a hearing scheduled at the full Council next Monday at 7pm at the City-County Building. Supporters of transit are encouraged to attend, starting across the street at the City Market at 6:30 pm. Attendees will be provided a Transit Drives Indy t-shirt. Also, there are now finally yard signs in support of the Transit Expansion Plan to...
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Friday Fun: Self-Driving Cars (in 2009)

There’s been a lot of talk in urban circles about how the implementation of self-driving vehicles will impact transportation in the future. Most of that talk is way out of my league, but I do have experience actually riding in a self-driven vehicle. Back in 2009, my wife and I visited Japan, and we checked out their futuristic island outside of Tokyo called Odaiba. It happened to include this exhibit for self-driving cars that visitors could ride in for free. So, we figured, why not? Who knows if we’ll ever do this again? Apologies for the poor quality. It’s a video of a video, shot...
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The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The Cultural Trail in front of Conrad Hotel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
The crown jewel in our city’s livable infrastructure, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been cited in almost every publication or promotional piece. Most recently, it was mentioned in The Vogue magazine. But there is one half of a block where it basically stops in deference to a hotel’s valet parking zone. The Conrad has insisted that it is trying to be a good neighbor, but that it has no choice but to use this zone for vehicles. A few weeks ago, this was the hilariously sad scene: After seeing this photo, I tweeted out a joke that they might as well host a tailgate party on the remaining...
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Remixing East 52nd Street

Remixing East 52nd Street
The running center turn lane on East 52nd Street (and many other streets around town) is a monument to traffic engineering winning over everything else: This configuration has bugged me for years. There is an unprotected bike lane, yes, but also a very narrow sidewalk with poles in the middle of it. I decided to see what else could be done with only 48 feet of right-of-way width, as shown below: There’s a great tool for this task on the web called Streetmix. It enables citizens to imagine different street configurations. There were a number of constraints that I worked with: 10 foot travel lane...
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