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Welcome to ‘Market East’

Welcome to ‘Market East’
Today, the City, behind Mayor Greg Ballard, announced a new downtown district which represents the culmination of years of work and a number of recent project announcements. Roughly bounded to the north by New York Street, to the south by the railroad tracks, to the west by Delaware Street and to the east by, well, East Street, Market East will provide a unique setting among Indy’s existing cultural districts.   Unlike the existing cultural districts, Market East will feature a rare experience for Indy. The district will be among the largest collection of modern structures in downtown...
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Georgia Street Programming

Georgia Street Programming
The Georgia Street transformation has been completed for a few years now, so it’s a good time to look at how the public space is faring.  This was an exciting project when it was first announced, but there was a major issue with its sustained success: most of the buildings that faced it had never really taken advantage of foot traffic.  I’m not sure if that aspect has changed that much in the past 2 years.  However, with the Indy Star taking over the top 2 floors of the former Nordstrom Space, there is hope that they will be able to open up the building a bit. The good news is that the...
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Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out

Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues. Building...
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NYC: Bike Share and High Line

NYC: Bike Share and High Line
Last week, I was able to take a short trip to New York City with my wife. While she was busy with her work training sessions in the day, I made a point to geek out on their new Bike Share system, as well as the High Line elevated park. Here’s a look at the first docking station that I used on the southern tip of Manhattan. The process was slightly time-consuming, but generally straight forward and problem free: I then headed to Shake Shack, a legendary burger shop that has been expanding in the city. Docking the bike nearby proved to be slightly difficult, and I had to have someone explain that...
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Snowglobe Indy

Snowglobe Indy
Didn’t get a chance to pause and absorb the beauty of the city during yesterday’s snowstorm?  No problem – Urban Indy has you covered.  Armed with my high powered professional Canon DSLR digital HTC Evo smartphone camera and properly dressed in a snowsuit, waterproof boots and ski googles a business suit, no gloves and dress shoes, I captured a few of my favorite places around downtown in all their snowy glory. So grab a cup of coffee and scroll through – let us know which you like best in the comments below.  And if you have recommendations for a good pair of snow boots...
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