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Celebration Fall Creek

Celebration Fall Creek
This is a bit of late notice, but tomorrow is an event to celebrate the completion of the Fall Creek Trail. I plan on attending this event for at least a short amount of time tomorrow in the 56th and Emerson area. More information can be found on this PDF. I hope to see a good crowd out and...
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Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union

Parking lots in historic districts or Why IHPC was right to deny the firefighter’s credit union
Back in 2005, I sat on the Historic Irvington Community Council’s design and zoning review committee. Irvington had just recently become a historic district and was under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Not long into our life as a historic district, a developer submitted an application to redevelop the northeast corner of East Washington Street and Audubon Road, a prominent intersection in the neighborhood. The corner was home to two vacant buildings. The corner building was a 60’s era building that most recently housed an auto parts store. East of it was a...
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Real Time Bus Tracking: The Green Line

Real Time Bus Tracking: The Green Line
Urban Indy has been talking about the possibility real-time bus tracking for IndyGo for several years. The newest hope for commuters is a Fall 2014 release date.  However, this morning, The Huffington Post mentioned a company known as DoubleMap that provides real-time bus tracking for IUPUI, Bloomington Transit, and many other systems.  Their online maps are high quality.  Compare IUPUI’s original look to the one that they have now: Another pleasant surprise from DoubleMap is the real-time version of the Green Line Indianapolis Airport bus.  Two years ago I rode the original IndyGo Green...
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Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings

Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings
A new two-flag hotel is being proposed downtown, directly across the street from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. This lot featured a different hotel proposal before the market crash. The hotel is being designed by Ratio, across the street from their headquarters. The renderings of the new hotel are included on the IHPC Staff Report, and I’ve included some of them below: What do you...
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Purple Line Updates

Purple Line Updates
Earlier this spring, Indy Connect unveiled their initial ideas for the Purple Line.  The line is intended to primarily serve 38th street, which is one of the city’s most highly travelled corridors via all modes of transit.  A large amount of motorists use the arterial during peak and non-peak hours and a good amount of pedestrian traffic can be seen as well.  Last week, Indy Connect had another round of open houses to inform the local community of where they are at now in the planning stages of the line. As noted in previous posts, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that an...
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College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection

College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection
The corner of College, Mass, and St. Clair has been on my radar for years now, as it currently features one solid newer building and 5 open lots: Recently, there have been a few different proposals to change the status quo on the corner, which could become a critical link between downtown and Broad Ripple. First up is a mixed use proposal on the Southeast corner by Milhaus, which appears to be a solid infill project:   On the southwestern corner, a much-less inspired proposal was recently tabled by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.  The proposal included a surface parking lot at...
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Architects’ Home Tour

Architects’ Home Tour
The Indianapolis chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be hosting their bi-annual Architects’ Home Tour on September 20th & 21st. This year’s tour is a bit unique, in that it focuses on homes in the city and homes in distinct Indianapolis neighborhoods, 7 in all. You’ll find homes in Fountain Square, Chatham Arch, Cottage Home, Herron Morton, Glendale, Broad Ripple, and Butler Tarkington. The tour is a excellent opportunity for the general public to see what an architect designed home looks like and to better understand the value that architects bring to the...
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Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings

Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings
A few weeks ago, the IBJ reported on a proposal for a 5 story mixed use building at the current site of an American Legion building in Broad Ripple. The renderings for this structure have been submitted and are posted below: This looks to be a significant step up for the northern end of Broad Ripple, which features mostly single story converted houses, as well as a single small tower north of this site. I look forward to following its...
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The Purple Line: Indy Connect Wants Your Input!

The Purple Line: Indy Connect Wants Your Input!
Indy Connect will be hosting additional meetings regarding the Purple Line this month.  The line was first introduced to local residents during a series of open houses in May 2014.  Transit planners gathered initial input for the line and ideas focused specifically on route choice: 30th street, 38th street, or a combination of the two.  Other factors considered were whether the route should travel downtown, as well as, how to serve the Lawrence area.  As planners begin to hone in on a specific route and vehicle choice, they are now seeking feedback regarding station location.  There will be two...
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Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek

Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek
Last summer, the City began work on a year-long project to replace the structurally deficient Illinois Street Bridge Over Fall Creek.  A similarly-long project took  place in 2012 to replace the eastern side of the Meridian Bridge and restore the limestone facade.  When it reopened, Urban Indy immediately reported on the woefully inadequate sidewalk replacement that was part of the project.  A $2.5M bridge replacement project was the perfect opportunity to correct the Meridian Bridge sidewalk width, but the Department of Public Works (DPW) totally whiffed on it and kept the original, marginal...
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