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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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7 Crazy Ideas to Transform the City – A Gentle Rebuttal

7 Crazy Ideas to Transform the City – A Gentle Rebuttal
Recently, the Indy Star’s editor published an article inspired by readers who had some ideas for how to revitalize the city.  As well-intentioned as they are, from our point of view, they didn’t tackle one of our city’s core issues: residential density. We’ve put together a list of 7 ideas that hope to address this. Our city’s sprawled-out manner has hurt our bottom line, as we have had to spread our limited funds, resulting in large areas with crumbling infrastructure. Here are some low-to-middle cost ideas to tackle our city’s ongoing issues: 1) Change the zoning...
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Remnant Sidewalks Part II: Wright and Sanders Streets, Near South Side

Remnant Sidewalks Part II: Wright and Sanders Streets, Near South Side
This is the second post in a series on sidewalks or pathways that exist in places where no car traffic can travel. The first post can be found here. The next link in this series was actually mentioned to me in the comments of the first post. It is just one block long, and connects Sanders Street with Morris Street, right next to I-65. I only took 2 photos of this one, although one of them features an interesting mural. There will be another, longer post up soon of one of my old favorite pathways.     Social Media ...
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Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment

Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment
This is a start of what will hopefully be a new series of posts on some old remnant sidewalks in the city, which can pop up from time to time in places that one wouldn’t normally expect. This one in Babe-Denny near I-70 popped out at me when I was viewing the aerial of the neighborhood. This area is ravaged by awful car-based streets, that seem to pour vehicles as quickly and as often as possible onto and off of the looming Interstate. But, probably when this configuration was built, at least they found room for a sidewalk connecting one part of Ray Street with another: I’ve looked at the...
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