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Speedway Streetscape

Speedway Streetscape
Way back in 2007, the Town of Speedway unveiled an ambitious redevelopment proposal. The first phase of construction is underway, which features of a redesign of Main Street.    The branding of the new streetscape draws inspiration from Speedway’s world-famous track, while also providing room for the mixture of street life and non-motorized transportation that is promoted here at Urban Indy.  The first 6 photos are from the completed southern portion, the final four are from the original north portion.  One thing in particular to note is the separated bicycle lane, seen in the second...
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Paramount School of Excellence

Paramount School of Excellence
Last week, I was disc golfing in Brookside Park, when my friend pointed out the colorful new construction on the south side of the park. It turns out that this was the Paramount School of Excellence, which I mentioned on this blog last year.  The school has a ton of smart ideas: It’s located within the former Masonic Lodge.  A reuse will use less resources than a new construction. Easy to recognize from my photos are the wind turbines. The children will take part in planting a garden and help manage a pond. Robots!  Discovery Zones!  I believe that learning should be fun, especially in this...
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Public Meeting tonight regarding Bike Lanes

Thanks to commenter Scott, I have become aware of a public meeting tonight at the Children’s Museum regarding new bicycle lanes.  More information about upcoming meetings in the Mapleton Fall-Creek area can be found here. Important Public Meeting Wednesday, August 18 from 6pm – 7pm at The Children’s Museum Welcome Center There will be a public meeting to discuss installing bike lanes on Illinois Street and Capital Avenue, from 16th Street to Westfield Boulevard. Representatives fromthe City of Indianapolis and Public Works will be on hand to present the plan. It is so rewarding to...
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This is not Chicago

This is not Chicago
On the banks of Fall Creek stand a set of solidly built brick apartments. They are proud and prominent, yet little known, due to the fact that the closest thoroughfare is the one-way northbound Illinois Street. Another factor that keeps these gems somewhat anonymous is that the most obvious way to reach them by vehicle is from east via Meridian Street. The 5 apartments are neighbors with a charming house, featured in the second picture in the photo gallery. Final note: they are looking for tenants if anyone is interested.
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Watson-McCord

Watson-McCord
Watson-McCord is a geographically small neighborhood centered on Watson Road.  The boundaries are seen here: The winding street follows along the southern edge of a natural ridge line, which appears to be a glacial moraine.  The ridge is prominent in Watson Bird Preserve, on the northeast corner of Watson and Guilford.  It’s an interesting sight; mature trees and topography in the middle of an urban neighborhood: The park is lined with 1920′s era houses, similar in style to the homes found to the north of 38th Street: Across College Avenue, the neighborhood hosts yet another...
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