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The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard

The City-County Building Plaza: Our Community’s Backyard
Earlier this year, the City engaged a process to rethink the City-County Building (CCB) Plaza, located south of the CCB. Once home to the county courthouse, the plaza, developed alongside the shiny new home for local government, never managed to provide a great space for the public. Instead, the harsh materials, hostile green space, barricaded fountains and inaccessible pathways to the entrance of the CCB have created a barren environment and maintenance headache. On even the nicest of days, this space goes largely unused. It may serve forever as a memorial to design that was largely form-based, with...
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Near South Side Apartment Proposal

Near South Side Apartment Proposal
Developer Craig Von Deylen has applied for a zoning variance on the Near South Side along Madison Avenue (page 7) to construct an apartment complex in an empty lot. Interestingly, the Concord Community Plan calls for commercial property to be installed at this location, however, the staff report mentions the large quantity of unused commercial real estate in the area. It’s a good idea to adjust to current demands for accommodating residential infill, which is a more promising market at this time. Shown below is a Preliminary Site Plan and rendering: The land use plan is relatively standard...
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White River Trail

White River Trail
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ride my bicycle on the newest portion of the White River Trail. According to the city’s link, this trail extends from 30th Street to the Indianapolis Zoo, but the southern extension to Raymond Street has actually been completed for months. It already shows up on Google Maps (pan down a few frames to find the extension). The trail is a great opportunity to play tourist in your own town, featuring panoramic views of the downtown skyline. There are nice historical markers in place that were designed by the late Eric Fulford. Most of the ride is quite...
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Marott Center Addition Proposal

Marott Center Addition Proposal
An interesting new proposal has been posted on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Council website for a mixed-use 4 story building fronting Massachusetts Avenue.   The address for the lot is actually 333 N Delaware.  The parking lot will remain on Delaware for now, but this building looks promising to me: Here is the site plan. Note the potential for curb bump out where the silly pedestrian island currently sits. Removing these dedicated and lightly-used turns for vehicles will only help Mass Ave’s pedestrian infrastructure: The rest of the renderings are shown below: Social Media ...
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Strong Towns Curbside Chat

Strong Towns Curbside Chat
Tomorrow evening, Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns is making an appearance at The Hall at 6:00 PM. Marohn has been a advocate for better planning practices for years, and does a fine job of boiling down complicated subjects into easily digestible snippets on his many youtube videos. I plan on attending tomorrow night to see what he has to say about Indianapolis, and I hope to see other fans of Urban Indy there. Social Media ...
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