Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on May 19th, 2015 | 13 comments
The Meridian Kessler neighborhood is currently updating its zoning guidelines for the first time since the late 1970s. This plan has been released for initial review, and can be viewed on this webpage. I’ve also uploaded a copy here.
The main focus for this plan that is of interest to Urban Indy is to discuss the future of the commercial nodes within the neighborhood. This included possible traffic calming measures, which are discussed in detail on Appendix C. The plan map also included the neighborhood’s first potential park, located at 42nd Street and the Monon Trail. Public comments on...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Apr 1st, 2015 | 31 comments
Yesterday, I attended the 2nd of 3 neighborhood meetings to discuss development plans for 38th and Illinois. I was able to share some ideas with the meeting organizers to make the project as successful as possible.
I firmly believe that 38th and Illinois will not be a truly successful neighborhood node without reigning in the 6 lanes of traffic that currently divides the neighborhood. Back in 2007, when the project was new, Aaron Renn knew that not altering the traffic configuration meant that the project would not be a game-changer. In a way, it’s unfortunate that a lot of money was already...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian, Transit
on Mar 5th, 2015 | 14 comments
Blog reader Scott Allen sent me this post covering the Eagle Creek Greenway extension project. Thanks to Scott for the information and photos:
Construction has begun on what DPW is calling the North Segment of the Eagle Creek Greenway extension project. For background, the greenway currently consists of two very separate pieces: one that winds through the Pike Youth Soccer Complex at 56th Street and Reed Road just south of Eagle Creek Park, and another at the opposite end along Raymond Street between Eagle Creek and the White River. This extension project is broken up into four segments that will...
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 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...