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Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan
The Meridian Kessler neighborhood is currently updating its zoning guidelines for the first time since the late 1970s. This plan has been released for initial review, and can be viewed on this webpage. I’ve also uploaded a copy here. The main focus for this plan that is of interest to Urban Indy is to discuss the future of the commercial nodes within the neighborhood. This included possible traffic calming measures, which are discussed in detail on Appendix C. The plan map also included the neighborhood’s first potential park, located at 42nd Street and the Monon Trail. Public comments on...
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Indy’s Cultural Trail Turns Two Years Old

Indy’s Cultural Trail Turns Two Years Old
It has been lauded as one of the best examples of new bicycle infrastructure in the United States and since it’s right in my back yard, I thought I’d share some pictures as well as my thoughts on Indy’s Cultural Trail as it celebrates its second anniversary. Officially known as the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Eugene and Marilyn Glick, the ICT is both a transportation resource and tourist attraction.  It officially opened in May, 2013 and since then I’ve covered every inch of its eight miles on more than one occasion. It took a while for me to get really excited...
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New Milhaus Elevations at College and St. Clair

New Milhaus Elevations at College and St. Clair
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Council has released their May portfolio, which includes a number of new infill houses, along with some new elevations for the Milhaus proposal for the corner of College and St. Clair Streets. It looks to be a solid proposal: The IHPC case is currently regarding the incorporation of the garage cover grate on the south end, which is displayed below: I hope this continues to build up the critical intersection at St. Clair and...
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First Blue Indy Car Share Stations Announced

First Blue Indy Car Share Stations Announced
The city of Indianapolis has announced the first car share stations for Blue Indy. The deal now plans to tap parking meter revenue instead of an IPL rate hike, but the new deal has also come under fire. Regardless of the messy process behind this deal, I thought it’d be good to visualize the first proposed stations, so I made a map of them and linked it below: I’m surprised Butler University, the Airport, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are not included in the initial launch. What other glaring omissions can you think of? Please keep in mind that there should be more installed at a...
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Thoughts on Potential Urbanism of Mid-Century Modernism

Thoughts on Potential Urbanism of Mid-Century Modernism
A few weeks ago, I stopped in to the Christian Theological Seminary for this first time. I’ve often seen it mentioned as the best example of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the city, and its origins from the Irwin Miller family helps lend that argument credibility. I admit that I was slow in appreciating this style, but I do agree that this space is special:     Earlier this year, CTS released a document of their new Master Plan which includes a Spiritual Trail running through campus. Some screen captures are posted below: This is all admirable, but I think it hits at a...
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Speedway Roundabout

Speedway Roundabout
The large new roundabout at the intersection of 16th Street, Crawfordsville Road, and Main Street has been completed, and I was able to get a glimpse of it recently. It is so new that it isn’t complete on the most recent Google aerial photo: Aesthetically, the intersection’s redesign is a major improvement. Indy unfortunately has a lot of “I’d rather be anywhere else than here right now” intersections, and this was likely in the top 10: Now it has brick crosswalks, new steel benches, street signs, and lamp posts. And people have better access the newly redesigned Main...
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10th and Park

10th and Park
Milhaus has sent a press release promoting their new development located at 10th and Park. Unlike many new downtown projects that have occurred since the 2008 market crash, this one is intended to be owner-occupied. A few new renderings were released and are shown below: Shown below are the approved site plans and earlier renderings on the IHPC staff report: It looks to be a solid project...
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Urban Indy’s 8th Anniversary Gathering

Urban Indy is turning 8 years old on Saturday, April 11. Some of the bloggers and I have decided to mark the occasion with a gathering at Tomlinson Tap Room at 7:30 pm. If anyone is coming from the north side near Broad Ripple, feel free to join me on a bike ride downtown at 7 pm. We hope to see a good crowd there.  
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Ideas for 38th and Illinois

Ideas for 38th and Illinois
Yesterday, I attended the 2nd of 3 neighborhood meetings to discuss development plans for 38th and Illinois. I was able to share some ideas with the meeting organizers to make the project as successful as possible. I firmly believe that 38th and Illinois will not be a truly successful neighborhood node without reigning in the 6 lanes of traffic that currently divides the neighborhood. Back in 2007, when the project was new, Aaron Renn knew that not altering the traffic configuration meant that the project would not be a game-changer. In a way, it’s unfortunate that a lot of money was already...
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Market East

Market East
What happens when a city adds a lot of residents to its downtown that are really eager to be there? What happens when a city adds hundreds and thousands of new residents to an area that is 5 minutes walk from the center of the city, 5 minutes walk from the bustling trendy area with many shops, restaurants and places to congregate? Or how about being a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from another trendy area along a world-class protected bike and pedestrian pair of great looking paths? What you get is a district of Indy called Market East. I now call myself a resident of this area of downtown...
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