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Marsh handed the baton to Kroger. Here’s a retrospective five years later.

Marsh handed the baton to Kroger. Here’s a retrospective five years later.
A hat-tip must go out to the folks at Urban Indy, which, though their (our) posts may be scant, still lives on as a conversation thread.  And it was through Urban Indy conversations that I learned about the article that prompted me to write here for the first time in many moons.  It’s hard to imagine, but it has been five years since the Indianapolis staple Marsh Supermarkets closed its remaining locations: all 44 of them.  Not a huge chain and never one of national scale, Marsh was nonetheless the most prevalent grocer in many parts of Indiana and eastern Ohio in the 1980s and 90s.   Founded...
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Branding the border crossing: when one side of the boundary builds a landmark…and absorbs all the monumentality.

Branding the border crossing: when one side of the boundary builds a landmark…and absorbs all the monumentality.
The City of Indianapolis deploys the word “monument” far more than most American cities, and not without good reason.  Most metrics indicate that it has the second highest concentration of memorials, landmarks, and civic plazas (behind only our nation’s capitol), and the landmark that gives the city its well-defined absolute center—the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument—comprises a geometrically precise plaza called “Monument Circle”–hence the nickname “Circle City”.  Indy’s popular marathon takes the name...
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Overlook at the Fairgrounds

Overlook at the Fairgrounds
Last week, I had a chance to meet with Gary Hobbs and Wil Marquez, who are key figures behind the effort of transforming a former candy factory into a mixed-use building.  Located to the east of Fall Creek along 38th Street, this looks to be an exciting project that will inject new life into the neighborhood. The siteplan plans to take advantage of the building’s location next to the Fall Creek Trail and the State Fairgrounds. The building is located at the southeast corner of this aerial photo: Some important details of the project include: Uses QAP tax credit dolars. Adding a 4th floor to...
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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...
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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...
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