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7 Crazy Ideas to Transform the City – A Gentle Rebuttal

7 Crazy Ideas to Transform the City – A Gentle Rebuttal
Recently, the Indy Star’s editor published an article inspired by readers who had some ideas for how to revitalize the city.  As well-intentioned as they are, from our point of view, they didn’t tackle one of our city’s core issues: residential density. We’ve put together a list of 7 ideas that hope to address this. Our city’s sprawled-out manner has hurt our bottom line, as we have had to spread our limited funds, resulting in large areas with crumbling infrastructure. Here are some low-to-middle cost ideas to tackle our city’s ongoing issues: 1) Change the zoning...
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Guest Post by Anonymous: Scooters are not the Problem

Guest Post by Anonymous: Scooters are not the Problem
Editor’s note: this article does not necessarily reflect my personal opinion. I welcome a counterpoint article, which I would also post anonymously. This post was written before the scooters were removed from the streets. Scooters Are Not the Problem Recently, Indianapolis has been taken over by a new form of transportation: scooters! These little objects are a new form of micromobility for the city; a means of getting around without a single-occupancy vehicles. They’re nimble, easily accessible, and take up very little space. But first, a little clarity; what is micromobility and how does it...
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New Student Housing Development

New Student Housing Development
Another parking lot may bite the dust. Here is a continuation of developments along Indiana...
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Remnant Sidewalks Part III: The Pedestrian Bridge over Madison Avenue

Remnant Sidewalks Part III: The Pedestrian Bridge over Madison Avenue
This is the third post in a series on sidewalks or pathways that exist in places where no car traffic can travel. Parts I and II can be found here and here. The near south-side seems to have a decent amount of these remnant sidewalks for some reason. One of the most endearing is the pedestrian bridge over Madison Avenue, which connects Lincoln with Palmer Street. In an ideal world, kids could cross this bridge to and from the school located on the bottom right of this aerial: The area has long featured some of our more intriguing graffiti: This is a well-trodden footpath that looks slightly...
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Remnant Sidewalks Part II: Wright and Sanders Streets, Near South Side

Remnant Sidewalks Part II: Wright and Sanders Streets, Near South Side
This is the second post in a series on sidewalks or pathways that exist in places where no car traffic can travel. The first post can be found here. The next link in this series was actually mentioned to me in the comments of the first post. It is just one block long, and connects Sanders Street with Morris Street, right next to I-65. I only took 2 photos of this one, although one of them features an interesting mural. There will be another, longer post up soon of one of my old favorite...
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Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse

Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse
We knew it was going to happen eventually.   Sears Holdings Company recently announced the latest wave of closures for its two flagship department stores—Sears and Kmart—and they did not spare metro Indy from the chopping block. This time around, the Sears is closing at Castleton Square Mall, the largest and, in most regards, the best-known mall in the region. Once Sears is gone, the chain will only have one location left in the entire metro of two million: down on the south side, at Greenwood Park Mall.   We could assert that Sears’ departure is a huge blow to Castleton, but the...
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The Original Push to Build the Highways Below-Grade: Guest Posted by Anonymous

The Original Push to Build the Highways Below-Grade: Guest Posted by Anonymous
As we have a week of numerous North Split public and committee meetings on our schedules, I can’t help but be frustrated by how quick stakeholders are to gloss over the historical implications of the original interstate development. There seems to be a general consensus that the interstate routing decisions were bad in retrospect – it tore up blocks of housing and the fabric of neighborhoods, resulting in an economic decline for numerous downtown neighborhoods. It pushed out families. It demolished historic buildings. It erased history. Yet discussions continue today about potentially...
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Meet-Up: The North Split Public Open House

Meet-Up: The North Split Public Open House
Today, from 3-7 pm, INDOT will have their public open house for the North Split project. I am planning on attending, along with many other concerned local citizens. We are very worried about a wider, less attractive, and more intrusive elevated road right next to some of the most valuable real estate in the entire state. The meeting time and location are listed below: When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presentations will be given at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Where:  Biltwell Event Center 950 S. White River Parkway S. Drive Below are a few of the less intrusive renderings that are provided on...
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Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment

Remnant Sidewalks: A Human Connection through an Auto-based Environment
This is a start of what will hopefully be a new series of posts on some old remnant sidewalks in the city, which can pop up from time to time in places that one wouldn’t normally expect. This one in Babe-Denny near I-70 popped out at me when I was viewing the aerial of the neighborhood. This area is ravaged by awful car-based streets, that seem to pour vehicles as quickly and as often as possible onto and off of the looming Interstate. But, probably when this configuration was built, at least they found room for a sidewalk connecting one part of Ray Street with another: I’ve looked at the...
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Bike Party, Indy

Bike Party, Indy
Bike Party Indy is an informal collective of individuals who meet once a month, starting off at the City Market downtown. From there, they ride in the evening, usually as a group. If someone gets left behind, they stop. The group practices safe cycling techniques, and is relaxed and welcoming to anyone who wants to join. Last Friday, I attended my first ever bike party, which happened to be their 2nd anniversary meeting. It won’t be my last: I loved the sense of camaraderie with this group. This wasn’t a race, but a leisurely ride. We explored a relatively large area from Windsor Park to...
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