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Monon Trail Details – Broad Ripple Ave to the White River

Monon Trail Details – Broad Ripple Ave to the White River
I spend quite a bit of time getting around the city at the human pace – which I love because it allows me to soak in the smaller details of our city – both good and bad. I was cruising through Broad Ripple on the Monon recently and in the few blocks between Broad Ripple Ave and the White River I noticed quite a few new additions to that section of the trail that prompted a return trip to snap a few photos. Starting from the south and working north, we first encounter the nearly finished product of Monon Pointe that Kevin covered back in April with this post. While they don’t embrace...
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Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces

Eskenazi Hospital’s Public Spaces
A few weeks ago, Urban Indy blogger mentioned how much he loved the new Eskenazi Hospital’s outdoor public plaza. I hadn’t heard much about it at the time, so I decided to explore it for myself. I knew the interior was centered around art, so I took a photo of this sculpture that is hanging from the ceiling near the lobby: The outdoor space in between the parking garage and the hospital is not bad: But, as Joe suggested, the public plaza is where the design really shines: The plaza includes an airy, glass paneled Duos restaurant: The top floor of the lower building includes an outdoor...
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Blight Elimination Program: Update

I wish to offer a retraction to the post that I made yesterday about the Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program.  Last night, I read this article and its accompanying video, and I realized that my post was made in haste.  That post is now locked down, and comments instead are welcome on this post. I will instead write a post about a different topic later today.  I will do my best to avoid writing such retractions in the future.  Thank you for reading Urban...
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Tackling the Circle of Disinvestment

Tackling the Circle of Disinvestment
This afternoon, a meeting will be convened to discuss demolishing 168 houses spread throughout the city with the Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program.  Most of these houses sit in area about 2-4 miles from downtown in Center Township, making it an almost complete circle of disinvestment: An organization known as Stop the Demolitions, Indianapolis has come forward with a much better idea. Instead of using precious resources to take properties off of our tax rolls and adding yet more grassy lots, we should instead be encouraging investment in these properties.  Fortunately, the city has some...
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Ironworks: A Temporary Bridge

Ironworks: A Temporary Bridge
The Ironworks project at 86th and Keystone is in its finishing stages. The mixed-use building will house apartments, along with a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and B Spot.  It will even house complimentary bikes for residents.  If I ignored the site plan, this project would look like a huge win.  Admittedly, a new building off of an interstate exit is notoriously difficult to design for anything other than vehicles, but there may be some missed opportunities here. I’m not really sure how people would bike or walk to this location. The best option would be to walk from the west from 86th...
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Better Blocks: Garfield Park

Tomorrow, Garfield Park is hosting a Better Blocks event, where residents collaborate with urbanists to activate streets.  This is the second year the neighborhood is hosting this event.  Last year, Graeme Sharpe and I attended the Better Blocks event in the Englewood neighborhood and had a great time.  I hope to be able to attend this tomorrow.  Here is the information on this year’s event that I received from a reader: Garfield Park Neighborhood Hosts Second Better Block Event, June 28 Event to Focus on the Potential to Create a Vibrant Neighborhood Center Indianapolis, Ind.  – On June...
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Indy Rezone Open House

Indy Rezone Open House
Finally, after 2 years of work, Indy Rezone is setting up public meetings to release some of their future plans for reforming our zoning code.  This is absolutely critical work. What are you hoping to see from this presentation?
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Coal Factory in Irvington

Coal Factory in Irvington
I have received some initial renderings from the Coal Factory redevelopment project in Irvington.  This looks to be an exciting reuse which should help bring some new attention to the neighborhood, as well as link to an extension of the Pennsy Trail. ...
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Saving Special Places

Saving Special Places
Last Saturday, I spent some time in the back of Chatham Tap, among all of the old brick buildings near Mass Ave.  I was commenting with my friends about how special this part of town is.  It’s easy to dismiss Indianapolis as a new town made of buildings constructed within the past 100 years, and in most places that is not too far from the truth.  This part of town is a major exception to that, even though it has faced numerous threats in the past.  This is a theme that dates back to at least 1958, according to this charming-yet-frightening planning document (seriously, this thing is a...
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Fall Creek Trail – Construction Update 6

Fall Creek Trail – Construction Update 6
Most construction on the trail appears to be complete, so it’s a good time for a follow up post.  See earlier posts on the construction by Curt Ailes here. I like the signage, and blue color theme to contrast with the red color of the Monon Trail: Nice bioswale here: Not sure why the benches face the parking lot instead of the creek: Both of the parking lots feature a bit more asphalt than I would like to see. I’m not sure if the turnaround is needed here, and the other lot has a separate exit and entrance. By the way, pulling out of this lot onto Fall Creek Parkway feels very...
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