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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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Final Transit Vote Monday Evening

Final Transit Vote Monday Evening
A reminder for everyone who cares about mass transit in Indy: please come out to the Indy City County Building this Monday evening at 6:30 to greet the councilors as they enter into the public assembly room and then at 7 for the public hearing portion. As long as everything goes according to plan, this will be the final vote by the councilors on whether to move forward with the mass transit plan for Indy. It’s absolutely critical to show up to this one wearing your orange Transit Drives Indy t-shirt, or getting one from the TDI folks tomorrow night if you don’t already have one. Several of...
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Free Idea: Reclaim Morris and Prospect Streets on South Side

Free Idea: Reclaim Morris and Prospect Streets on South Side
Just south of downtown, there’s a gymnasium that dates from the year 1900 called the Turnverin: It stands out in an odd section of Prospect Street. Notice the signs to the left of the building: that’s Interstate 70. Here’s another view of the Turnverin: It’s the same angle of the old building, but the streetview is from another road that acts just like an Interstate. Morris Street was converted into a mini-freeway sometime between 1956 and 1962. Here’s the aerial view of the street from 1956: And here’s 1962: Notice that this image was taken before Interstate 70 was...
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Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy

Transit & the High Cost of Auto Orientation in Indy
  Final vote meeting details: February 27: Full-council meeting – vote on final adoption (7:00 p.m. in Public Assembly Room) I want to first call your attention to contacting your city councilor, especially if you live in a district where your councilor hasn’t made up his or her mind yet about the transit plan. Tell them that we need this transit improvement plan and that now is the time. We can’t afford to wait another tens years to start improving our mass transit in this city. There’s no doubt that in Indy, we love the automobile. There are many times when a car is a...
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Important Transit Meeting Tonight

Important Transit Meeting Tonight
  Just a reminder: for those of us who know how good the IndyConnect mass transit plan is and how vital it is for the future success of Indianapolis in so many different ways, there is a very important council meeting to show your support at tonight at 5:30 in room 260 in the City County Building. It’s absolutely vital that as many of us show up to this meeting as possible in support of the full transit plan. It’s still a very doable and needed plan even if the federal funding does not come through. If you’d like to say something at tonight’s meeting, please email Transit...
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