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Georgia Street Programming

Georgia Street Programming
The Georgia Street transformation has been completed for a few years now, so it’s a good time to look at how the public space is faring.  This was an exciting project when it was first announced, but there was a major issue with its sustained success: most of the buildings that faced it had never really taken advantage of foot traffic.  I’m not sure if that aspect has changed that much in the past 2 years.  However, with the Indy Star taking over the top 2 floors of the former Nordstrom Space, there is hope that they will be able to open up the building a bit. The good news is that the...
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Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out

Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues. Building...
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NYC: Bike Share and High Line

NYC: Bike Share and High Line
Last week, I was able to take a short trip to New York City with my wife. While she was busy with her work training sessions in the day, I made a point to geek out on their new Bike Share system, as well as the High Line elevated park. Here’s a look at the first docking station that I used on the southern tip of Manhattan. The process was slightly time-consuming, but generally straight forward and problem free: I then headed to Shake Shack, a legendary burger shop that has been expanding in the city. Docking the bike nearby proved to be slightly difficult, and I had to have someone explain that...
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IndyGo Transit Hub

IndyGo Transit Hub
Minutes after the closing remarks were complete and the last of the press packed up their vans, we were left with a positive message to Live Indy. Mayor Ballard, a long time proponent of a stronger urban center, reinforced his position by declaring war on an urban population in flux. After decades of seeing people and job centers relocate to our adjacent neighbors’ counties, it appears that Indy has finally heard the message loud and clear. “We want a true urban center”! A center for families and young urban professionals alike. While an almost infinite amount of intangibles enter...
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Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals

Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission.  This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago.  Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal: This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
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