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Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts

Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts
Today marks the 11th anniversary of Urban Indy. I apologize for my lack of recent posts, but I’m still around. There is a lot to talk about, but the one project that got the most votes on my twitter poll was the Hanna International Lofts in Lafayette Square. This part of town has long interested me, as it could have faltered heavily through a lack of investment.  The built environment is pure 1960’s-1990’s sprawl. There isn’t much that has been built that is worth saving, including the old Hooters where this project will live. Since we are the capital city of the state,...
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Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?

Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?
On the back end of Washington DC’s Union Station, numerous passenger railways stretch to the northeast across several city blocks, by means of a lengthy, viaduct-like structure. By and large, this viaduct separates the gentrifying Near Northeast neighborhood, consisting primarily of two- and three-story rowhomes set back from the street, and the gentrifying NoMa neighborhood (“North of Massachusetts”) which is redeveloping into an array of fashionable office and apartment high-rises (probably mid-rises by most other cities’ standards), along with retail on the lower level.   Perpendicular...
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INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)

INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)
One very powerful state organization has a proposal to set back the past 40 years of downtown redevelopment. Instead of a bold proposal that would help reunite the urban fabric, INDOT gives us the stuff of nightmares: INDOT gave us what the roadway could look like, but they didn’t give us the street-level view. Fortunately, local architects decided to fill in that massive gap. The highway exists in the top photo, but at least it can be partially mitigated with greenery. Not so with a giant concrete wall. Click the above pdf to see the whole impact analysis for yourself. It’s worth a look....
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Connecting People to Parks: Grassy Creek Trail

Connecting People to Parks: Grassy Creek Trail
One of the larger issues that suburban Indianapolis faces is lack of connectivity, especially for anyone not in a vehicle. One of the more interesting new efforts to change this is the recent addition of Grassy Creek Trail. It doesn’t look like much from the large scale view: A zoom in to the northern trail head shows something rather unique, at least for a suburban trail: there is only a one-car parking lot: There are likely close to 500 people living in the subdivision and apartment complex to the north here. And the one thing that this style of development has in spades is a lot of on-street...
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Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods

Bus Rapid Transit Could be a Game Changer for Indy Neighborhoods
Indianapolis has largely succeeded in transforming its downtown from a sleepy no-man’s land to a place where people want to be. It’s not perfect, but it’s a downtown that can stand up among its peers. Throughout all of this focus on downtown, Indy’s neighborhoods have largely maintained a similar trajectory with regards to their built form for the past century. Broad Ripple and Fountain Square have probably seen the most new development, but almost every new structure has had to include a nod to off street auto parking. This raises the cost for development, increasing the...
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