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Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,

Guest Post from Taylor Firestine: UIndy Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership: Unigov at 50,
Editors note: This guest post was provided to Urban Indy from an employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. We will also welcome any comments or rebuttals that readers might contribute. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the sixth annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy. The event included three panel discussions regarding the 50th anniversary of Unigov. I wanted to share some of the major themes and takeaways with everyone. The symposium was especially timely, given Sen. Richard Lugar’s death. The event opened with a short...
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Red Line Construction Update: 6/11

Red Line Construction Update: 6/11
This week has seen a good deal of entries for construction photos. I’ll start with the Shelby and Hanna station, from Austin Gibble: On the opposite side of town, I was able to get more photos of the 52nd and College station yesterday. The platform was actually installed earlier in the day: Closer to downtown, reader Justin Harter sent in a station that had visible heating elements for snow melting at 9th and Capitol: Finally, a nice shot at the State Capitol station from reader Matt Wakefield: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on...
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Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects

Historic Streetcar Rails to Be Reused for Public Art Projects
One of the defining features of the history of Indianapolis is its urban streetcar network. The last streetcar to run in Indy was located on College Avenue. Here’s the network as it was built in 1923: By the 1950s, the lines had largely been replaced by city buses. Instead of removing them, the rails were simply paved over. The current Red Line project has been excavating the tracks in the locations where the construction is most significant. Then, Michael McKillop from Midtown Indy had an idea. Instead of scrapping the tracks (as was originally intended), they have been saved, and are currently...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/14

Red Line Construction Update: 5/14
One aspect that will be unique about the Red Line on College Avenue will be the raised triangular diverters placed at some of the intersections. This prevents drivers from making left hand turns. Left hand turns tend to be more dangerous than right hand turns. Yet another nod to a safety improvement, not a detriment. This intersection at 51st and College is still under construction, but there are some completed diverters elsewhere along the route: This is the future station at 52nd and College, which is located a half a block to the south. This is the sidewalk ramp to the future station: Here’s...
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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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