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Planned Development at Michigan and Pershing

Planned Development at Michigan and Pershing
Two planned mixed use buildings are talked about in detail on this DMD report from January, to be located at the corner of Michigan and Pershing on the near west side of the city.   Construction is projected to begin in Fall of 2014. The site plan and renderings are pictured below, and more information is linked (PDF warning) here: W Michigan elevations and site plan W Michigan Color Rendering and project description This project appears to be similar to Clifford Corners on East 10th Street, and is the most significant building project that I have seen in the area between IUPUI and downtown...
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NYC: Bike Share and High Line

NYC: Bike Share and High Line
Last week, I was able to take a short trip to New York City with my wife. While she was busy with her work training sessions in the day, I made a point to geek out on their new Bike Share system, as well as the High Line elevated park. Here’s a look at the first docking station that I used on the southern tip of Manhattan. The process was slightly time-consuming, but generally straight forward and problem free: I then headed to Shake Shack, a legendary burger shop that has been expanding in the city. Docking the bike nearby proved to be slightly difficult, and I had to have someone explain that...
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IndyGo Transit Hub

IndyGo Transit Hub
Minutes after the closing remarks were complete and the last of the press packed up their vans, we were left with a positive message to Live Indy. Mayor Ballard, a long time proponent of a stronger urban center, reinforced his position by declaring war on an urban population in flux. After decades of seeing people and job centers relocate to our adjacent neighbors’ counties, it appears that Indy has finally heard the message loud and clear. “We want a true urban center”! A center for families and young urban professionals alike. While an almost infinite amount of intangibles enter...
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SB176 passes Ways & Means

SB176 passes Ways & Means
SB176 passed the House Ways & Means Committee this morning by a vote of 17-1. No amendments were taken on the bill but will be allowed at the next reading on the House floor. Bills are due by Monday, so expect this issue to wrap up very soon. There were a number of amendments offered in a hearing yesterday and among them, an amendment to strike the langauge that bans light rail from being funded. A number of others were introduced as well, so expect a laundry list when this thing hits the House floor. If you know your representative, call them and urge them to vote on this bill to allow funding for...
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Car Free Commute

Car Free Commute
I wake up, get ready, grab the bike and ride two blocks. The train pulls up, I get on and 20 minutes later get off and ride 1 mile to my job. This is my commute to work at my new job in Portland, Oregon. For those of you who do not keep up with me on social media, I started a new job here in early February where my family and I have moved to take in new adventures in life. Part of this started with selling the car that we owned in Indianapolis eschewing a car lite lifestyle for a completely car-free alternative. Thus far, it seems to be working out. Our new home, located in downtown Portland, has us...
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Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals

Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission.  This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago.  Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal: This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
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Snowglobe Indy

Snowglobe Indy
Didn’t get a chance to pause and absorb the beauty of the city during yesterday’s snowstorm?  No problem – Urban Indy has you covered.  Armed with my high powered professional Canon DSLR digital HTC Evo smartphone camera and properly dressed in a snowsuit, waterproof boots and ski googles a business suit, no gloves and dress shoes, I captured a few of my favorite places around downtown in all their snowy glory. So grab a cup of coffee and scroll through – let us know which you like best in the comments below.  And if you have recommendations for a good pair of snow boots...
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WTHR’s Report on Sidewalk Snow Clearance

WTHR’s Report on Sidewalk Snow Clearance
This video was amazing to me.  Most of the time, local news crews seem to focus on any changes or challenges to driving conditions, but this report deals directly with the lack of sidewalk clearance within the city after a snowfall.  Not only that, the first part of the report mentions that snow should be cleared off before if freezes hard to the concrete, which is an important point: 13 WTHR Indianapolis Last month I walked on the south side of Broad Ripple Avenue next to the Subway restaurant, and it was covered in old crusty ice.  There had been plenty of time to have cleared it when it was warm...
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Places & Spaces of San Diego – Petco Park at the Park

Places & Spaces of San Diego – Petco Park at the Park
Can we find inspiration from a city located in a coastal desert climate?  Well, I think so – but I’m the kind of guy that finds something to like no matter where I travel.  Over my next few posts to the blog, I look forward to sharing a few things I saw in a recent trip to San Diego, CA.  This first post highlights an area that seamlessly combines park space, residential density & a professional sports stadium. This was my first trip to San Diego and I love exploring by bicycle, so I walked from my hotel on Coronado Island and took the ferry across the bay over to downtown where I...
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The Beauty of Bikes is in the Parking

The Beauty of Bikes is in the Parking
Indianapolis has been pushing hard to catch up with leading bicycle cities such as Portland and San Francisco. Seeing all that two-wheeled traffic in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods has been a blessing in so many ways – less pollution from cars, less vehicle congestion, better public health outcomes, and especially watching people get outside and reconnect with their city.  But I wanted to share what I consider the key benefit to bringing back bicycles:  the opportunity for dense downtown development without parking lots or subsidized garages! Our current renaissance of downtown required...
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