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Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek

Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek
Last summer, the City began work on a year-long project to replace the structurally deficient Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek.  A similarly-long project took  place in 2012 to replace the eastern side of the Meridian Bridge and restore the limestone facade.  When it reopened, Urban Indy immediately reported on the woefully inadequate sidewalk replacement that was part of the project.  A $2.5M bridge replacement project was the perfect opportunity to correct the Meridian Bridge sidewalk width, but the Department of Public Works (DPW) totally whiffed on it and kept the original, marginal...
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Central State Redevelopment Update

Central State Redevelopment Update
On Monday, thanks to Derek Naber from the Department of Metropolitan Development, I had the opportunity to tour the Central State Hospital grounds to take a look at their ongoing redevelopment efforts.  Derek also sent me the latest pdf of the current plans, which can be viewed here.  I’ll excerpt a few of the more relevant slides throughout this post for reference purposes. There have already been a few apartment buildings built upon the grounds that have been occupied for 2 years now. This fall, the southwest corner will see the opening of a new Christel House Acadamy.  Unfortunately, the...
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Wall Mural Love – Ikelite Headquarters

Wall Mural Love – Ikelite Headquarters
Speaking of “Taking Time to Photograph…”   Commuting home last fall I noticed a building had magically appeared on the northeast corner of 33rd & Illinois – surely it wasn’t there before, right? Turns out it had been there all along……but it had recently been transformed into a work of art. Last week I was finally able to stop by and snap some photos of these fantastic murals without any cars blocking the view.  It wasn’t until I reached the last few walls that I saw a company name in the window. Welcome to the worldwide headquarters...
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On Taking Time to Photograph

On Taking Time to Photograph
Often while traveling around the city, I’ll get out of my car or dismount my bike and take some photos of structures or infrastructure that I find interesting. I do this for the blog, mainly, but I’ve also come to learn the value of having a backlog of thousands of photos stored online. One building that has undergone a change was located at 17th and Bellefontaine. I documented it for a blog post back in 2008, during the point when I was photographing various little-known urban corners around the city (note: I’m going to do this again some day, I hope): Yesterday I decided to revisit...
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OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story

OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story
Readers of the Indianapolis Business Journal may recall that two years ago, members of this blog remonstrated against the design of the OneAmerica Parking Garage.  That story has never been told on Urban Indy, until now.  The reason for sharing this now will be explained towards the end of this article.  But first, some background on the process. A member of our team (who was at the time independent of this blog) first brought up the various issues with the urban design of the garage, which was proposed to replace a surface lot at the corner of New York and Illinois.  This garage was to be built...
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