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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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Moving Forward with BRT

Moving Forward with BRT
Now that SEA 176, better known as the mass transit bill, has been signed into law, the real work begins for transit advocates to push support for the Indy Connect plan.  As we all know, SEA 176 prohibits light rail.  It does not, however, prohibit heavy rail or commuter rail.  But that’s another post for another time.  The only alternatives studied by mass transit planners were light rail and bus rapid transit.  Therefore, to complement the plan’s enhanced regular bus system, the five proposed rapid transit routes will be bus rapid transit (BRT).   BRT, as defined by the National BRT...
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IndyGo Transit Hub

IndyGo Transit Hub
Minutes after the closing remarks were complete and the last of the press packed up their vans, we were left with a positive message to Live Indy. Mayor Ballard, a long time proponent of a stronger urban center, reinforced his position by declaring war on an urban population in flux. After decades of seeing people and job centers relocate to our adjacent neighbors’ counties, it appears that Indy has finally heard the message loud and clear. “We want a true urban center”! A center for families and young urban professionals alike. While an almost infinite amount of intangibles enter...
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SB176 passes Ways & Means

SB176 passes Ways & Means
SB176 passed the House Ways & Means Committee this morning by a vote of 17-1. No amendments were taken on the bill but will be allowed at the next reading on the House floor. Bills are due by Monday, so expect this issue to wrap up very soon. There were a number of amendments offered in a hearing yesterday and among them, an amendment to strike the langauge that bans light rail from being funded. A number of others were introduced as well, so expect a laundry list when this thing hits the House floor. If you know your representative, call them and urge them to vote on this bill to allow funding for...
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Car Free Commute

Car Free Commute
I wake up, get ready, grab the bike and ride two blocks. The train pulls up, I get on and 20 minutes later get off and ride 1 mile to my job. This is my commute to work at my new job in Portland, Oregon. For those of you who do not keep up with me on social media, I started a new job here in early February where my family and I have moved to take in new adventures in life. Part of this started with selling the car that we owned in Indianapolis eschewing a car lite lifestyle for a completely car-free alternative. Thus far, it seems to be working out. Our new home, located in downtown Portland, has us...
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