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IndyGo’s Detailed Plans for the Red Line

IndyGo’s Detailed Plans for the Red Line
Last evening, IndyGo released a Google Map enabled view of their detailed plans for the proposed Red Line Bus Rapid Transit route. There are a lot of interesting features included, which will be featured in this post from North to South: North turnaround at 66th and College: Any bus transit line will usually have an issue with how it turns around at its final destination. I say usually here, because people can be creative. This part of College Avenue actually has an old right-of-way that parallels the newer street configuration, so it can be used for this function: Station Alignments: I’m not...
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The Case in Greenwood: Why America Deserves Its Retail Blight.

The Case in Greenwood: Why America Deserves Its Retail Blight.
The local media thoroughly covered the City of Greenwood’s announcement that it had finally secured a developer for the site at the southeast corner of the I-65/County Line Road interchange—a tract where numerous proposals had come to light, most prominently featuring a Cabela’s. But, time and time again, none had materialized…part of the aftermath of the sour economy. Well, as of October 28, Gershman Partners announced its plans to develop the tract into over 700,000 square feet of retail. The announcement did not include any primary anchor tenants, suggesting that at this point it remains a...
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How Indy Could Invest In Itself

How Indy Could Invest In Itself
This the follow-up post from the one I wrote on October 22nd. Indianapolis doesn’t have a lot of money to throw around at our various issues, and that money may be dwindling as I type. My number one money saving idea is simple: No more widened roads in the name of “improvement“. The phrase “If you’re in a hole, the first step is to stop digging” comes to mind here. But, consider that a widened city road: Costs more to maintain than it did previously. One mile of 2 lane road costs $312,000 just to be resurfaced. Places land into the public Right-of-Way which can no...
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The Dwindling Green Fields of Marion County

The Dwindling Green Fields of Marion County
Marion County is approaching full development. Sure, there will be pockets of empty fields and wooded lots here and there, but the large swaths of this type of land are basically relegated to Warren, Decatur and Franklin townships. Here’s a look at the wooded lots and crop fields that have been mapped in 2015: I combined these 2 layers into one layer here: Then, I placed the parks layer on top of the newly combined layer and whited it out, as the parks will most likely stay as green spaces for the next decade at least. I also removed the data that was sitting outside of Marion County: That...
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Digital Archaeology through Google Street View

Digital Archaeology through Google Street View
“The apple that’s fresh is ripe to the core, and I rot over time and I’m not anymore.” –Sloan & Pelling   I’m probably a day late and a dollar short on noticing the time-scroll feature available with Google Street View. Perhaps it’s been there for months—years even. I just figured it out its full potential few weeks ago. Most people might ponder what the point of it is: after all, if Google has provided a streetscape photo from 2015, why would we still need one from way back in 2011? But for those of us who use it on an almost daily basis, it represents a remarkable tool,...
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IHPC Quick Hits, October 19th

IHPC Quick Hits, October 19th
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission staff reports usually make for interesting viewing for people interested in urban infill proposals coming through the city. The latest one features at least 3 projects of interest to Urban Indy. Ransom Place: A reprisal of the development that I reported on during our last IHPC quick hits post, the proposal at Martin Luther King and St. Clair has been downsized a bit, but the overall project quality looks improved: St. Joseph: A major victory here, as the new proposed 5 story building will have walk-up apartments and retail in place of interior...
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Indy’s Pedestrian Master Plan

Indy’s Pedestrian Master Plan
According to Health by Design’s Kim Irwin, Indianapolis is the largest city in the country without a formalized Pedestrian Plan. Recently, the group has announced a new initiative called Walkways, which officially launches next Wednesday. A summary of the event is shown below: I hope to be able to attend the event next week to show my support for the process. It’s important to prioritize the most basic of human movements in our urban environment. As an example, last night I walked with my family from our house to Yat’s at 54th and College for dinner. It is great to have that option,...
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Letters of Support for the Red Line

Letters of Support for the Red Line
Due in part to some of the recent pushback on the Red Line proposal, I have been asked by a fan of Urban Indy to write a letter to the President of the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, Nick Colby. He can be reached at: ncolby at colbyequipment dot com. Here is the letter that I have prepared: If you are a resident of Meridian Kessler and a fan of Urban Indy, I encourage you to write your own letter of support for the proposed Red...
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The New and “Improved” West Street

The New and “Improved” West Street
It seems a distant memory when the City/IUPUI announced a partnership to reinvest in the Natatorium and to return West New York and West Michigan Streets back to two-way automobile traffic, with improved gateways, art, street furniture, lighting, medians and pedestrian crossings. Yes, this announcement gathered the usual concerns about what such a significant change would do to the mass of students and event participants that frequently, though for small fractions of each day, use these one-way arterials as mini expressways to the interstates. Regardless, these changes will create a more vibrant, safer...
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Construction Tour Photos

Construction Tour Photos
Two weeks ago, Urban Indy hosted a downtown construction tour. Some have asked for photos of the event. I didn’t take any, but fortunately attendee Jerome Horne shared his with me. They turned out great:
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