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What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans

What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans
Local News outlet Fox 59 recently published an article about a local restaurant at 54th and College, which contends that the city is being unfair in its Red Line plans. The restaurant currently uses a head-in parking lot configuration found nowhere else in Meridian Kessler. Given that this structure was historically a gas station and a grocery store, that’s not too surprising: A closer look at the property shows that the parking lot basically spills out into the right-of-way to the north and east side of the property: The article contends that the restaurant will lose its parking lot access from...
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Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled

Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled
Next month, IndyGo is convening public meetings to discuss the future plans for the Purple Line. Here is the schedule and agenda: Purple Line Public Meetings:  Help determine stop placement, lane configuration, and downtown routing for Indy’s second rapid transit line. IndyGo staff and consultants will be available during open houses, offering a brief presentation 15 minutes after the start of each session. Monday, July 10 City of Lawrence Government Center (9001 E. 59th Street, Lawrence, IN 46216) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 11 Meadows YMCA (3908 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205) 6:00...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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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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