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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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Analyzing Options for the Purple Line

Analyzing Options for the Purple Line
Earlier this month, Indy Connect hosted a set of open houses focusing on the next rapid transit corridor up for study; the Purple line.  Currently, studies regarding the Purple line are at the Alternative Analysis stage.  In this stage planners are evaluating route and vehicle alternatives along with station locations and operating features.  The line will run east to west, presumably from Lawrence to Eagle Creek.  With those two key destinations in mind, planners are deciding between running the line via 38th street or 30th street.  The 38th street corridor seems like the more obvious choice of...
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Indy’s Bike Share, by Matthew Moggridge

Indy’s Bike Share, by Matthew Moggridge
This post was written by a visitor to our town who took the Pacers Bike Share for a spin. The original post is located on the blog No Visible Lycra, and a second post on the topic can be found here. As the day drew to close as far as the convention was concerned and all the work was done, I decided to check out Indianapolis’ new bike share scheme. It costs $8 for a 24-hour pass but you have to put the bikes back into a docking station after 30 minutes. There are plenty of docking stations dotted around the city and every docking station offers maps showing exactly where they (and you) are. The...
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The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave

The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave
Virginia Avenue is hopping with new developments. Each article and news report that is written about the renewed focus on the street has mentioned the Cultural Trail as major catalyst for the revitalization of the street. The Cultural Trail is parallel to the commercial district for almost the entire stretch, with the exception of the short jog it makes to enable easier crossing of East and South Streets. This angle also enables some nice views of the downtown skyline, as seen in this photo: Contrast this to how the trail zigs and zags in the city’s other major diagonal commercial district,...
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Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced

Indy Connect News: Purple Line Open Houses Announced
Fresh off the mass transit victory in the statehouse, Indy Connect along with Indy Go and the Metropolitan Planning Organization are moving forward with their assessment of the 5 rapid transit lines planned for Indianapolis.  Last year’s open houses focused on the Red, Blue, and Green lines.  Now, organizers are setting their sites on the Purple line and are excited to receive your input for one of Indy’s most highly traveled corridors.  The Purple line will go from Lawrence to Eagle Creek via 38th street.  The goal of the meetings is to determine the best alternative mode, either...
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When the Best Preservation Efforts Go Up in Smoke

When the Best Preservation Efforts Go Up in Smoke
One of our Urban Indy bloggers recently pointed out this lovingly restored double with Victorian touches, easily visible on Google Streetview as recently as the last camera run-through, waaaaay back in the summer of 2009. Even from the Google photo, it’s obvious that the restoration just took place; the paint is flawless, landscaping efforts haven’t yet begun, and a “for sale” sign stands in the tiny front garden. This address—105 and 111 9th Street—should be a solid investment: just a stone’s throw from the Indianapolis Public Library, only a twenty minute walk to the heart of downtown,...
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