Posted by Graeme Sharpe in Bicycling, Neighborhoods
on Feb 6th, 2014 | 12 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Feb 4th, 2014 | 15 comments
I don’t know about anyone else, but spring weather is on my mind right now. With that in mind, I checked out Sustain Indy’s Bikeways homepage to see if anything new was on the way. They have released their bicycle and pedestrian study from September of last year, the results of which can be seen below:
The first thing that jumps out is that the Monon Trail is still the king of bike and ped infrastructure in Indy. It is also interesting to see that the Peace Walk is getting relatively steady usage in a part of downtown that used to be mostly forgotten. These studies help to put some...
Posted by Shayla in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian, Transit
on Jan 29th, 2014 | 39 comments
Mass transit in central Indiana took one-half step forward, and what some might say one-fourth of a step back. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee approved a bill that would allow for expanded mass transit in Marion, Hamilton, Johnson, Delaware, Madison, and now Hancock counties. The funding structure proposed by last year’s Summer Transit Study Committee is what helped the bill get passed this time. Voters in each county would have to approve an income tax increase of anywhere from 0.1 to 0.25 of a percent increase, which would fund 65 percent of the operating costs. Corporations...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Jan 23rd, 2014 | 30 comments
Details have been released on the proposed downtown fire station which will replace the one that currently sits on prime real estate on Mass Ave. The new station will sit on the property that is currently occupied by the Red Cross, which itself will be moving to Meridian Street.
The early returns on the design are not pretty, and are not fit for the urban environment.
Here is the proposed site plan:
In the comments regarding the proposal on Skyscraper City, CDC Guy mentions how this fire station is very similar in form to one in suburban Greenwood, shown below:
There is proof out there that the...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods
on Jan 22nd, 2014 | 13 comments
We the undersigned at Urban Indy would like to take this opportunity to lend our voice in support of Freedom Indiana, and against HJR-3, which seeks to discriminate against Hoosiers based on their sexual orientation. This constitutional amendment only sends a message that leaders in the state are behind the times. Instead, elected officials should be listening to the institutions and individuals who have risen up against this proposal. We hope that, if this measure does pass the State Legislature, that Indiana’s citizens will not enshrine discrimination into the State’s...
Posted by Shayla in Transit
on Jan 21st, 2014 | 17 comments
This winter, despite bitter cold temperatures, all I can think about is how I would love for someone else to do the driving, as I strategically maneuver my 4×4 Jeep through snow filled streets. However, I work near Pendleton Pike and Oaklandon Road, where there is not an Indy Go bus in sight. As a new contributor to Urban Indy, I will be sharing my passion for mass transit and the news regarding it here in Indianapolis.
Indiana legislators are going through their lists of topics this session one by one, and soon to take the platform will be a topic of particular interest: Mass Transit. As...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development
on Jan 16th, 2014 | 17 comments
A mostly innocuous-looking building at Alabama and New York Streets is undergoing a major renovation project. Formerly housing only a law firm, the first floor is being converted into a bank.
Here is what it used to look like, courtesy of Google Street View:
Here is how it looked, as of this morning. Notice the new ADA-accessible entrance on the south side, which appears to be included tastefully:
There are probably critics who will lament the loss of the concrete facade, as a testament that some developers still have not learned the lessons of the past with regards to appreciation of our...
Posted by Eric McAfee in New Development
on Jan 14th, 2014 | 12 comments
Normally an announcement as modest as the sale of a small, well-maintained historic commercial building shouldn’t cause anyone’s pulse to race. And, outside of this Urban Indy blogosphere, it probably hasn’t. Truth be told, even within Urban Indy readership, nobody’s popping any blood-pressure pills.
But the change in ownership of the Marott Center on Massachusetts Avenue could prove interesting.
According to Stenz Corporation, the property manager, the 1906 building was one of the first multi-level department stores in Indiana. Marott Development Company, which owns the...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Jan 9th, 2014 | 16 comments
Welcome to the flipside of the great freeze-out of 2014 (hopefully it will be the only one). I was happy to act as directed by the mayor and stayed home from Sunday until Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, I didn’t have to leave the house to see something inspiring on the internet. Our man living next to the Cultural Trail, Joe Smoker, took this photo of the machine that keeps the Cultural Trail clear of snow and posted it on Facebook:
Apparently this machine arrived more frequently than the street plows, and it makes good sense. One of Indy’s most valuable public assets is only good if it...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Jan 8th, 2014 | 3 comments
IndyGo recently sent out a summary of trips provided for 2013. The major stat leading this list was that IndyGo provided 10.2 million boardings in 2013; a number not observed since 1991.
A number of significant changes occurred in 2013 which lead to this new benchmark of success. Increased frequencies of the 8, 10 & 39 to 20 minutes or less were the primary reasons this occurred. In addition, the new 86, on the northside, added 51,000 trips.
These sorts of statistics while comparatively low to other cities, provide firm data to support the notion that increased frequency, through additional...