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This is for us

This is for us
Mass transit will never be the same again in Indianapolis. Finally, after years of planning, public meetings, and construction, Indianapolis is going to kick off the Red Line in less than a month. Lately, I’ve been seeing some online hand-wringing from residents that seem to be rooting for the system to fail.  And I suppose that’s only natural here in Indy. It’s big, it’s obvious, and it’s…not for cars? It took away auto lanes? What a not-in-Indy thing. Sure, we’ve nibbled around the edges with reclaiming the public space for all things non-auto (thank you...
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An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets

An Open Letter to DMD: Please Allow More than Single Family Housing on City Streets
Last year, I wrote an article about the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development’s seeming devotion to neighborhood land use plans. This is still an ongoing issue, as mid-block duplex proposals keep getting denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This is a sure-fire way to raise housing costs, and stifle the growth of our burgeoning transit system. And now, they are not even listening to their own advice regarding land use plans. Witness a few bullet points, starting on the 15th page of the latest MDC Staff Report: This request would rezone the site from the D-5 District to...
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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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Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019

Red Line Construction: 6/4/2019
Our guest photo this week comes from contributor Andy Arenson, who sent me a shot of 22nd and Meridian: Here are some photos near 52nd and College. The triangular diverter is now placed in the street on 51st Street: There are still a ton of utility poles in the sidewalks after this project. A bummer, but at least people should be able to get around them in the future. Here was the preliminary station last week. It’s more complete now, but I don’t have photos of it: Here’s IndyGo’s email for the week: College Avenue: Pavement patching will continue on College Ave through...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/11

Red Line Construction Update: 5/11
This week, I’ll be using photos provided by Dawn Olsen. She recently visited the 30th and Meridian Station. I particularly like the one of the citizen laughing in the middle of the street. Human interactions like this will be more common in Indy after this project is finished. Here’s the weekly IndyGo email: College Avenue: There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations this week to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas. 42nd Street – one lane closure May 23 for up to 3...
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