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Red Line Update: 5/6

Red Line Update: 5/6
The Red Line platforms that were first to be constructed are starting to round into shape. Jerome Horne from IndyGo sent these photos from the south Shelby Street station at the U of Indy: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for this week: Three Week Look Ahead: May 6 As with all construction projects, the following forecast is subject to change. For more project details and a live construction map, visit https://www.indygored.com/Construction. New This Week College Avenue: There...
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Red Line Construction Update: 4/29

Red Line Construction Update: 4/29
Something that has been undersold with all of the drama and intrigue regarding the Red Line BRT is the amount of new sidewalk and curb construction. This will ultimately help the project be more successful. We could always do more in this area, but it certainly helps the usefulness of the transit project. One major new sidewalk is in front of Moe and Johnny’s at 54th and College: What was once a dangerous driving surface is now a safe public walking path. There is no curb cut along this stretch of College Avenue. Elsewhere, blog reader and City County Council candidate Justin Harter has sent me a...
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Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye

Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye
An important note: Urban Indy is planning on providing weekly construction updates for the Red Line. If you have any construction photos to share, please let me know at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. Construction has started in my neck of the woods for the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit project. With all construction projects, there will be adjustments to be made. However, some who are opposed are putting up an effort on opposing the line, arguing that the dedicated bus line will hurt response times of emergency vehicles. Actually, safety must be an option right now. If you’ve ever tried to...
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Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner

Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner
Now that Public Greens is open on the corner of NJ and Market, I figured it would be a good time to see the evolution of this corner, which less than a decade ago was an urban disaster. How bad was it in, say, 2007? This bad: The opposite corner was not any better. It was a surface parking lot for over a decade after the demolition of Market Square Arena: I also looked at the corner in 2011: The construction that is visible in the last photo is merely a gravel parking lot turning into a paved parking lot, to match the other paved lot on the north side of the street. Flash...
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Downtown Indianapolis Parking Lot Comparison: 2011 to 2018

Downtown Indianapolis Parking Lot Comparison: 2011 to 2018
Back in 2012, Curt Ailes posted an article containing a few maps of the surface parking lots downtown. After these maps came up on twitter, I figured that now would be a good time to compare the lots to what currently exists. First , I took the old lots and contrasted them with the new ones. The new configurations are shown in red below, whereas the 2011 parking lots are shown in blue: Next, the more interesting map for our purposes. The parking lots shown in red are the ones from 2011 , while the blue ones are the existing lots: There are fewer large blocks of...
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