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Friday Fun

Friday Fun
Graffiti can be a tricky subject for me. I love freedom of expression and art, but I don’t love defacing public or private property. Most graffiti in Indianapolis is simply thoughtless tagging, similar to how a dog marks his territory while on a walk. Of course, the paint stays much longer. Sometimes, however, graffiti can make you think or laugh. Banksy is the king of this, but there are others around. This tag in Indy isn’t on Banksy’s level, but at least it is on a place that appears to be mostly harmless: A temporary jersey barrier lining Market Street in between the Cummins...
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TheIndyShow.net Podcast

TheIndyShow.net Podcast
A few weeks ago, I was able to contribute to the inaugural episode of The Indy Show Podcast, hosted by Justin Harter and also featuring Urban Indy contributor Joe Smoker. We cover a variety of topics relevant to the website. Link to the podcast can be seen here. Feel free to give some feedback and some ideas for future...
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Socialization Saves Places

Socialization Saves Places
Recently a new movement has started in historic preservation circles called “Beer Saves Places.” It certainly sounds like a movement that I can get behind. I like beer, and I like historic places, so what’s not to like? The first meeting was in Indiana City Brewery, just south of Washington Street. This building actually used to house another brewery, the bottling house of Home Brewing Company: Recently, another new brewery has popped up, this time in an old Catholic church located at College and North Streets. I was fortunate enough to visit recently, and I was really impressed. Of...
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On Indianapolis Art Museum’s Campus Bicycle Ban

On Indianapolis Art Museum’s Campus Bicycle Ban
Arriving to the campus of the Indianapolis Art Museum by bicycle from the Central Canal Towpath has long been one of my favorite experiences of living in the city. Unfortunately, in an initiative that started along with their new admission charge, they have disallowed bicycle access to the front door. The path labeled as “Stroller access to 100 Acres” in the map below is now cut off at the top of the hill with gates: They’ve also blocked the pedestrian and bicycle entrance at 42nd Street, which went over a neat old bridge that crossed an interurban track: So, without access to the...
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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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