Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jul 24th, 2014 | 0 comments
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 of some issues that the 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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jul 15th, 2014 | 18 comments
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...
Posted by Nathan Smurdon in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Jul 14th, 2014 | 6 comments
I spend quite a bit of time getting around the city at the human pace – which I love because it allows me to soak in the smaller details of our city – both good and bad. I was cruising through Broad Ripple on the Monon recently and in the few blocks between Broad Ripple Ave and the White River I noticed quite a few new additions to that section of the trail that prompted a return trip to snap a few photos.
Starting from the south and working north, we first encounter the nearly finished product of Monon Pointe that Kevin covered back in April with this post.
While they don’t embrace...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jul 3rd, 2014 | 12 comments
The Ironworks project at 86th and Keystone is in its finishing stages. The mixed-use building will house apartments, along with a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and B Spot. It will even house complimentary bikes for residents. If I ignored the site plan, this project would look like a huge win. Admittedly, a new building off of an interstate exit is notoriously difficult to design for anything other than vehicles, but there may be some missed opportunities here.
I’m not really sure how people would bike or walk to this location. The best option would be to walk from the west from 86th...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Jun 27th, 2014 | 1 comment
Tomorrow, Garfield Park is hosting a Better Blocks event, where residents collaborate with urbanists to activate streets. This is the second year the neighborhood is hosting this event. Last year, Graeme Sharpe and I attended the Better Blocks event in the Englewood neighborhood and had a great time. I hope to be able to attend this tomorrow. Here is the information on this year’s event that I received from a reader:
Garfield Park Neighborhood Hosts Second Better Block Event, June 28
Event to Focus on the Potential to Create a Vibrant Neighborhood Center
Indianapolis, Ind. – On June...