Posted by Joe Smoker in Neighborhoods, New Development, Transit
on Feb 28th, 2014 | 15 comments
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...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Feb 25th, 2014 | 1 comment
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...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Feb 24th, 2014 | 4 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Transit
on Feb 21st, 2014 | 7 comments
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission. This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago. Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal:
This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
Posted by Shayla in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jan 29th, 2014 | 39 comments
Mass transit in central Indiana took one-half step forward, and what some might say one-fourth of a step back. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee approved a bill that would allow for expanded mass transit in Marion, Hamilton, Johnson, Delaware, Madison, and now Hancock counties. The funding structure proposed by last year’s Summer Transit Study Committee is what helped the bill get passed this time. Voters in each county would have to approve an income tax increase of anywhere from 0.1 to 0.25 of a percent increase, which would fund 65 percent of the operating costs. Corporations...