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What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans

What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans
Local News outlet Fox 59 recently published an article about a local restaurant at 54th and College, which contends that the city is being unfair in its Red Line plans. The restaurant currently uses a head-in parking lot configuration found nowhere else in Meridian Kessler. Given that this structure was historically a gas station and a grocery store, that’s not too surprising: A closer look at the property shows that the parking lot basically spills out into the right-of-way to the north and east side of the property: The article contends that the restaurant will lose its parking lot access from...
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Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled

Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled
Next month, IndyGo is convening public meetings to discuss the future plans for the Purple Line. Here is the schedule and agenda: Purple Line Public Meetings:  Help determine stop placement, lane configuration, and downtown routing for Indy’s second rapid transit line. IndyGo staff and consultants will be available during open houses, offering a brief presentation 15 minutes after the start of each session. Monday, July 10 City of Lawrence Government Center (9001 E. 59th Street, Lawrence, IN 46216) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 11 Meadows YMCA (3908 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205) 6:00...
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Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside

Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside
Note: To see previous Friday Fun posts, click here. One of the more interesting and popular ways to increase density in historic Single-Family-Housing neighborhoods is to allow a carriage house toward the backside of the lot. Often, the new residence will sit on the second floor of a new garage for the property. This has been occurring with relative regularity within the urban core, so it wasn’t surprising to see such a proposal to this Victorian on Park: However, this carriage house in particular jumped off the latest IHPC agenda (page 113): The IHPC staff issued these responses: THE DESIGN...
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The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?

The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?
Considering the wonderful coverage Curt here at Urban Indy provided in the months leading up to and during the construction of the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, it’s surprising that nobody wrote a feature once it opened. But it looks like we didn’t.   So here’s a chance, now that the garage has just celebrated its fourth birthday.   People in the local blogosphere routinely rant and rave about how many development projects have depended upon taxpayer subsidies to get off the ground—either in the form of liberal application of Tax Increment Financing, reduced-interest loans, or even...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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Strong Indy Meetup for June

Strong Indy Meetup for June
  Strong Indy will be having another monthly meetup happening a week early for the month of June on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM. We’ll be back to our more normal location at Rundell Ernstberger Associates. This month we’ll have the Indy MPO speaking to us about: · What is an Metropolitan Planning Organization? · Why a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? · Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures (the process to date) · Revenues · Projects and Project Prioritization · How do you get involved in an LRTP process? The MPO sets the spending priorities along with INDOT for a...
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Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek

Guest Post by Ryan Funk: Jane Jacobs in Mapleton-Fall Creek
Original post can be found here. Jane Jacobs was a journalist and community activist who is now widely considered a patron saint of urban planning. Her most famous work, published in 1961, is The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recently read the book and am reflecting on what it tells us about Mapleton-Fall Creek. Jacobs wrote at a time when cities looked at historic neighborhoods as “cancers” that should be bulldozed and replaced with utopian garden cities: high-rises separated by expanses of grass. She fought New York City when it wanted to tear down much of Greenwich Village to build...
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Strong Indy Meetup for May

Strong Indy Meetup for May
Strong Indy, our local chapter of Strong Towns applied to our beloved city of Indianapolis, is having a very special monthly meeting this week on Thursday, May 18th. It’s being hosted by the Harrison Center for the Arts! Coming off some very strong (no pun intended) momentum from our last meetup and the success in supporting the Chatham Park development proposal, it’s time for another meetup! Join us at the Harrison Center where we’ll hear from Joanna Taft and what the Harrison Center is doing for creative placemaking and traffic calming along 16th street. Their efforts are...
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Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development

Why I Support Neighborhood Infill Development
Urban blogs are used to defending their points of views from a more car-centric culture that prevails in many places in the US, and especially here in Indianapolis. But there is one major place where urban blogs receive a bit of pushback from those on the left side of the spectrum: Neighborhood infill, especially multi-story structures. There is an overriding fear that these larger projects will kill the culture of the neighborhood, or make it too expensive. And those are very legitimate concerns. This post intends to lay out my reasons for supporting most of these developments, or at least making them...
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Closing Time for Chatham Park? Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development

Closing Time for Chatham Park?  Yet Another (Probably Final) Hearing for the High-Quality Infill Development
I’ve covered the evolution of the Chatham Park proposal multiple times on this blog, so it might seem like overkill to feature it yet again. But it isn’t. Why not? Because it hasn’t gone away. After multiple presentations before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC), it remains in an ambiguous state, neither approved nor disapproved. The IBJ covers the latest attempt thoroughly.  And, after the early-April meeting, it remains tabled, awaiting further changes until it meets the IHPC’s standards. In the meantime, we all get to look at the withering old school building, which...
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