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New Townhomes in Warfleigh Scrapped (Updated)

New Townhomes in Warfleigh Scrapped (Updated)
lThe Indianapolis Business Journal mentioned a proposal  (about 2/3 of the way down) that has been withdrawn for the Warfleigh neighborhood, which sits just to the west of Broad Ripple overlooking the Central Canal. I had heard about this proposal for a while, but had yet to see any renderings. On Wednesday I discovered a neighborhood forum where the project was discussed with much derision, which piqued my curiosity even more. I asked a person who knows about the project if they had any information, and they sent me this PDF, which contained these renderings: This looks like a nice project to...
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Red Cross HQ Redesign

Red Cross HQ Redesign
The Red Cross has downsized their proposed headquarters, and have released a couple of renderings, which have been posted in the most recent Department of Metropolitan Development’s Regional Center(page 69) staff report. It appears to fit in relatively well with the other structures that are further north on Meridian Street. It will take up a smaller lot, and free up more land for future development, which is good to see. This is a key component in the great parcel migration. Next will be the Mass Avenue Fire Station‘s move to the current Red Cross land. Also, the Fire Fighter’s...
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Indy On the Rise – Guest Post from Andrew Christenberry

Indy On the Rise – Guest Post from Andrew Christenberry
This post was originally written on the City Gallery’s blog. Please check it out, if you haven’t already. We hear it said often that the world is changing. From the constant ebb and flow in our respective worldviews, to the perceived progression (or perhaps perceived digression) of our respective cultures, change is happening. While the majority of us undoubtedly know this to be true, it can often seem abundantly generalized to the extent that, in our own particular context, it becomes ambiguous. What exactly is changing here and now, and how is said change affecting the immediate world...
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Old Town Greenwood Continues to Debate its Future

Old Town Greenwood Continues to Debate its Future
There’s a 3rd new plan up for debate for Old Town Greenwood, and it appears to be much improved. A few years ago, there was a plan to knock down many of the old buildings, widen the street, and replace the buildings with faux replicas.  Fortunately, this was shelved, and replaced with a plan that would keep the buildings, but turn the streets into one-way thoroughfares. This  has also been shelved. Now, there is a new plan by HWC Engineering and Axis. The plan is to restore building facades through a grant application process. They also plan to widen the sidewalks and eliminate turn lanes....
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New Proposal at 718 N College Avenue

New Proposal at 718 N College Avenue
This is an update of the previous case by Milhaus to construct a new apartment complex in the Chatham Arch neighborhood. That case has been withdrawn, and a new proposal has been filed for a possible restaurant and bar with rooftop seating. A few renderings are shown below: This looks to be a nice proposal that makes good use of the existing...
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From Art to Ads: Commodifying Space at the Indy Airport.

From Art to Ads: Commodifying Space at the Indy Airport.
A few years ago, the still shiny-and-new Indianapolis International Airport (IND) found itself at the center of a mild controversy. The Airport Authority announced, after just three years in operation, what for some people amounted to a pretty significant concession: it was replacing one of the most prominent artistic installations with a large flat screen filled with animated clips of information on sponsors. In other words, it was creating a huge digital billboard, reneging on some the initial promises it made with regards to public art, in the eyes of many.   Multiple media sources, from...
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Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later

Indy’s Streetcar Network: 91 Years Later
This morning I was cleaning up some files on my work computer, and I came across a map that I found of the old streetcar network from 1923. I linked this image back in 2008, but it’s worth revisiting again: At my workplace, I was able to work on this file a little bit, and I created a shapefile of the network as faithfully as I could:   Basically, if I was unsure about the actual routes, I’d follow the roads in places where I could find historic mixed-use buildings in the city. The businesses located in these buildings often relied on their locations next to the streetcars, so I...
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PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line

PSA to Drivers: Use the Stop Line
It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses.  Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger. I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown.  The driver is usually looking left...
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Downtown Cummins Executive HQ

Downtown Cummins Executive HQ
By now, pretty much everyone familiar with development in Indianapolis has seen the 2 eye-catching renderings of the proposed Cummins Executive Headquarters. If not, here they are: This could raise the bar for architecture in Indianapolis. But is it good development? The city basically gave away prime real estate for new offices and a parking garage. There are plenty of office vacancies and lightly-used parking garages around downtown. But the amount of undeveloped downtown super blocks is finite. This makes the project is a bit more of a mixed bag overall. I’m happy that they have left the...
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Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois

Great Places 2020: 38th and Illinois
The Local Initiative Support Corporation is undergoing a campaign to target neighborhood nodes for redevelopment purposes. The initial launch is known as Great Places 2020, and includes 3 corners: 38th at Illinois, Michigan at King, and Washington at Oxford. I contacted Laura Granieri from Midtown to learn more about 38th and Illinois to see what we can expect within the next 6 years. Listed below are the main highlights that are known at this time: Tarkington Park Urban Indy has known about the potential for investment in Tarkington Park for several years now, but at Ms. Granieri mentioned, funding...
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