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Plan2020

Plan2020
Recently, I have been honored with an appointment to the Plan2020 initiative as a part of the Connect Indy Committee.  I ask the readers of this blog take this as an opportunity to make some recommendations that they wish the initiative will address. Please post a comment, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.  This is our chance to have a say in the six plans that the city will be updating as a part of this...
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Analyzing Options for the Purple Line

Analyzing Options for the Purple Line
Earlier this month, Indy Connect hosted a set of open houses focusing on the next rapid transit corridor up for study; the Purple line.  Currently, studies regarding the Purple line are at the Alternative Analysis stage.  In this stage planners are evaluating route and vehicle alternatives along with station locations and operating features.  The line will run east to west, presumably from Lawrence to Eagle Creek.  With those two key destinations in mind, planners are deciding between running the line via 38th street or 30th street.  The 38th street corridor seems like the more obvious choice of...
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Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced

Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced
Fresh off the mass transit victory in the statehouse, Indy Connect along with Indy Go and the Metropolitan Planning Organization are moving forward with their assessment of the 5 rapid transit lines planned for Indianapolis.  Last year’s open houses focused on the Red, Blue, and Green lines.  Now, organizers are setting their sites on the Purple line and are excited to receive your input for one of Indy’s most highly traveled corridors.  The Purple line will go from Lawrence to Eagle Creek via 38th street.  The goal of the meetings is to determine the best alternative mode, either...
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Jane’s Walk 2014: Lafayette Square

Jane’s Walk 2014: Lafayette Square
On Saturday, I joined several others who were taken on an exploratory walk around Lafayette Square and Eagledale Neighborhood.  The path we took was clockwise as follows: Like last year’s walk around Garfield Park, this neighborhood is full of challenges and opportunities. Unlike Garfield Park, Lafayette Square and Eagledale are suburban in form, although it still held several surprises. First, we had to say goodbye to Big Car’s original Service Center.  They’ve been asked to leave their space by the end of the month, which will once again be used to service vehicles....
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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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