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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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Ground Breaking Possibilities: Indy’s New Downtown Transit Center

Ground Breaking Possibilities: Indy’s New Downtown Transit Center
Thursday September 25, city leaders, members of the IndyGo executive board and MPO will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Downtown Transit Center.  Situated on the Southeast corner of Washington and Delaware, the transit center will be the new hub for buses that travel downtown.  This edifice will be a much needed and welcomed alternative to the current cluster along Ohio Street.  At this point, only certain details regarding the design, costs, and retail center have been released to the public.  The center will have 20 bus bays, bicycle racks, and general seating inside.  However,...
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Bus Rapid Transit: The Red Line

Bus Rapid Transit: The Red Line
Yesterday, Indy Connect made a big splash on local media with the public announcement of a $2 million dollar grant for engineering along the proposed Red Line from Carmel to Greenwood.  This post intends to give a quick rundown of the information that we know, as well as provide the public a peek into how the buses will be run.  First, the links from local media: Indianapolis Business Journal IndyStar WTHR WISH WRTV Next, a link to the pdf document released from the city.  Some highlights below: That last image is interesting, because it displays a new technology that has been demonstrated in...
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Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union

Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union
Back in 2005, I sat on the Historic Irvington Community Council’s design and zoning review committee. Irvington had just recently become a historic district and was under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Not long into our life as a historic district, a developer submitted an application to redevelop the northeast corner of East Washington Street and Audubon Road, a prominent intersection in the neighborhood. The corner was home to two vacant buildings. The corner building was a 60’s era building that most recently housed an auto parts store. East of it was a...
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