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Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019

Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019
I’ve had the intention to start a weekly Red Line BRT construction thread. Since construction is starting to happen closer to my neck of the woods, I should be able to get some photos pretty easily. If you have photos of construction elsewhere along the BRT line, please let me know in the comments, or e-mail them to me at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. Here’s 50th and College,, which has a new curb bump-out on the north side of the intersection, as well as new ADA ramps for the sidewalks. Pedestrians will be encouraged to cross College at 49th Street (see map below), so there is no...
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New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk

New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk
Recently via twitter, some residents alerted me about a new sidewalk closure that had to be seen to be believed. Sidewalk closures for construction are common around Indy, and I have yet to see accommodations made for pedestrians via temporary barriers placed on the street. Even the City County Building was guilty of this during the Lugar Plaza construction, and they should be the most aware of public needs of anyone. There’s usually a sign alerting people to cross the street before the closure, but to me, that’s not good enough. We can do better than that. And here’s an example...
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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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The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut

The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut
I work on map layers for Indianapolis, and recently I’ve been updating the sidewalk layer. Something that really jumps out is a donut that’s about 6-8 miles out from the center of the city which has very few sidewalks. Aaron Renn of the Urbanophile might call this the new donut. There are some noted exceptions here, especially within the excluded cities of Beech Grove and Lawrence. But, the city went through a ~2 decade period of purposely not building new sidewalks. Much of that development lies within this donut: This area of the city was largely developed between the 1950’s and the...
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