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...
Posted by Nathan Smurdon in Neighborhoods
on Feb 6th, 2014 | 6 comments
Can we find inspiration from a city located in a coastal desert climate? Well, I think so – but I’m the kind of guy that finds something to like no matter where I travel. Over my next few posts to the blog, I look forward to sharing a few things I saw in a recent trip to San Diego, CA. This first post highlights an area that seamlessly combines park space, residential density & a professional sports stadium.
This was my first trip to San Diego and I love exploring by bicycle, so I walked from my hotel on Coronado Island and took the ferry across the bay over to downtown where I...
Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Bicycling, Neighborhoods
on Feb 6th, 2014 | 12 comments
Indianapolis has been pushing hard to catch up with leading bicycle cities such as Portland and San Francisco. Seeing all that two-wheeled traffic in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods has been a blessing in so many ways – less pollution from cars, less vehicle congestion, better public health outcomes, and especially watching people get outside and reconnect with their city. But I wanted to share what I consider the key benefit to bringing back bicycles: the opportunity for dense downtown development without parking lots or subsidized garages!
Our current renaissance of downtown required...
Posted by Shayla in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jan 29th, 2014 | 39 comments
Mass transit in central Indiana took one-half step forward, and what some might say one-fourth of a step back. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee approved a bill that would allow for expanded mass transit in Marion, Hamilton, Johnson, Delaware, Madison, and now Hancock counties. The funding structure proposed by last year’s Summer Transit Study Committee is what helped the bill get passed this time. Voters in each county would have to approve an income tax increase of anywhere from 0.1 to 0.25 of a percent increase, which would fund 65 percent of the operating costs. Corporations...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Jan 23rd, 2014 | 30 comments
Details have been released on the proposed downtown fire station which will replace the one that currently sits on prime real estate on Mass Ave. The new station will sit on the property that is currently occupied by the Red Cross, which itself will be moving to Meridian Street.
The early returns on the design are not pretty, and are not fit for the urban environment.
Here is the proposed site plan:
In the comments regarding the proposal on Skyscraper City, CDC Guy mentions how this fire station is very similar in form to one in suburban Greenwood, shown below:
There is proof out there that the...