Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jan 7th, 2015 | 5 comments
There’s a 3rd new plan up for debate for Old Town Greenwood, and it appears to be much improved. A few years ago, there was a plan to knock down many of the old buildings, widen the street, and replace the buildings with faux replicas. Fortunately, this was shelved, and replaced with a plan that would keep the buildings, but turn the streets into one-way thoroughfares. This has also been shelved.
Now, there is a new plan by HWC Engineering and Axis. The plan is to restore building facades through a grant application process. They also plan to widen the sidewalks and eliminate turn lanes....
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Pedestrian, Transit
on Dec 16th, 2014 | 5 comments
This morning I was cleaning up some files on my work computer, and I came across a map that I found of the old streetcar network from 1923. I linked this image back in 2008, but it’s worth revisiting again:
At my workplace, I was able to work on this file a little bit, and I created a shapefile of the network as faithfully as I could:
Basically, if I was unsure about the actual routes, I’d follow the roads in places where I could find historic mixed-use buildings in the city. The businesses located in these buildings often relied on their locations next to the streetcars, so I...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Dec 10th, 2014 | 24 comments
It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses. Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger.
I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown. The driver is usually looking left...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Nov 3rd, 2014 | 3 comments
This is a follow up to Thursday’s post on IndyGo’s proposed route changes. I believe these images contain all of the rest of the changes, although I could be missing something. Apologies for the poor photos, the lighting in The Hall is challenging.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the major changes shown above:
St. Vincent will go past Butler’s Campus.
Shelby will travel down Virginia.
Route 5 is split in half and the western portion becomes route 6.
Route 8 stays on Washington Street downtown instead of heading north to Ohio.
The Red Line circulator has been...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Oct 30th, 2014 | 2 comments
This morning, I was able to visit The Hall to view the Indygo route changes, which are set to come next year with the opening of the new Transit Center. I took some photos of the posterboards that are on display, but they are better seen in person. According to IndyGo on twitter, these changes will be online next Monday.
First, a look at how the transit center will work. Most of this is actually self-explanatory:
The downtown bus loop will be eliminated, affording more direct routes, and potentially shaving
a few minutes off of the time the buses spend in the downtown area:
Proposed midday frequency...