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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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Plan2020

Plan2020
Recently, I have been honored with an appointment to the Plan2020 initiative as a part of the Connect Indy Committee.  I ask the readers of this blog take this as an opportunity to make some recommendations that they wish the initiative will address. Please post a comment, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.  This is our chance to have a say in the six plans that the city will be updating as a part of this...
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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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Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces

Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces
A few weeks ago, Urban Indy blogger mentioned how much he loved the new Eskenazi Hospital’s outdoor public plaza. I hadn’t heard much about it at the time, so I decided to explore it for myself. I knew the interior was centered around art, so I took a photo of this sculpture that is hanging from the ceiling near the lobby: The outdoor space in between the parking garage and the hospital is not bad: But, as Joe suggested, the public plaza is where the design really shines: The plaza includes an airy, glass paneled Duos restaurant: The top floor of the lower building includes an outdoor...
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