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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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Guest Post from Kate Dobson: Vote Yes on Election Day

Guest Post from Kate Dobson: Vote Yes on Election Day
This is the 4th article in a series of guest posts in support of expanded transit access in Indianapolis. The first three can be seen here, here, and here. T.S. Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” In 2014, I spent nine months in northeast Brazil teaching English. This region of Brazil is stereotyped within the country as backwards and slow in contrast with the economically and culturally more developed southeast region. As a Midwesterner who has heard a fair share of...
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Guest Post from Nick Ison: Sustainability and Connectivity: Values that move us

Guest Post from Nick Ison: Sustainability and Connectivity: Values that move us
This is the 3rd post in a series of guest posts in support of increased transit access in Indianapolis. The first 2 can be read here and here.   In 2005, I moved from Indiana to attend college in Boston. Next came Philadelphia and Princeton to pursue a job and a masters degree respectively. When I returned to live at College and Kessler in 2014 though, I was anxious. Big east coast cities have a lot to offer a young professional, and I was worried that Indianapolis wouldn’t stack up. What I quickly found, however, was just the opposite: when friends from New York would call and complain about...
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Mixed Use Apartment Proposal for Fountain Square

Mixed Use Apartment Proposal for Fountain Square
A new proposal has been filed with the Indianapolis Department of Development for a multi-story mixed-use building on Prospect Street, just east of Santorini. The developer is Jackson Development, with architecture from Blackline: There are some quibbles, namely a lack of landscaping along Prospect. But overall, this is a relatively solid infill project.   Social Media ...
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New on Urban Indy: A Public Transportation Comparison, by Brad Gottschlich

New on Urban Indy: A Public Transportation Comparison, by Brad Gottschlich
This is the second post in the series from citizens who support the Indy Connect Referendum:     As an undergraduate at Ball State University I participated in a summer-long study abroad in the summer of 2010 near Munich, Germany, and lived with a host family there. Not a day went by that summer without interaction with public transportation as my primary means of getting around – with some ease I might add. This was a lesson that stuck with me upon my return to Indiana. In 2013, I was working as a post-undergraduate intern at the Indiana State Senate and the issues surrounding central...
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