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DPW still building sidewalks with poles in them

DPW still building sidewalks with poles in them
Last week I blogged about a tremendous project taking place on the south side of Indianapolis. That project of course is the Shelby Street bike track. However, I received an email with three pictures from an Urban Indy reader that showed how someone is already screwing up this project. You can see that a familiar theme is rearing it’s ugly head once again in the shape of old utility poles being disregarded as new concrete is put down; in this case one that would be easy to relocate. I forwarded the email I received to my normal contact at the DPW and I was told that it was being discussed with...
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Shelby Street Bike Track under construction

Shelby Street Bike Track under construction
Earlier this year, Chicago elected a new mayor; Rahm Emanuel. Upon entering office, he wasted no time going to work on his campaign promises of improving mobility for citizens. Among his first visual changes, were the introduction of a new cycle track along a half mile stretch of downtown street; Kinzie Ave from Milwaukee Avenue to Wells Street. Upon being in office for only a few short weeks, Emanuel has demonstrated his firm commitment to transportation alternatives. When you look at what “IT” actually was, bike lanes were striped to create a reasonable barrier between motorists and...
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Myrtle Beach & its focus on Walkability

Myrtle Beach & its focus on Walkability
When one mentions that they went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC, visions of complete streets and urban design do not spring to mind. For years, I remember friends who’s parents took them to Myrtle Beach on summer vacation. I had never attended until recently, when my wife proposed that we take a summer trip there. I am a major lover of the beach, and sunburns, so it did not take any amount of arm twisting. We spent 5 nights just south of the major N/S split along Ocean  Blvd, so we were front and center for what I observed to be the changing of a familiar built form; that being one that gives...
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New sidewalks in Midtown Indy

New sidewalks in Midtown Indy
I’ve spent plenty of keystrokes complaining about poor sidewalk construction whether it be new or rehabilitating in nature. 46th street between College Ave & Keystone Ave is the scene of another Rebuild Indy road resurfacing project. With this, is the reconstruction of some of the sidewalks and also construction of brand new sidewalk where none existed before. I stepped out for a moment before work the other morning to snap a couple of photographs of the current progress. Obviously, the new sidewalks look really great being separated from the roadway by a small grass strip. It’s too bad...
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Rebuild Indy: What are we rebuilding?

Rebuild Indy: What are we rebuilding?
In 2010, Mayor Greg Ballard used bonding capacity against equity in our water/sewer utilities as well as future rate increases to fund a program that is called, Rebuild Indy. The first injection of funds came in to the tune of $55 million. It was used to jumpstart the program and largely includes resurfacing streets, repairing some sidewalks, and constructing a trail on the NW side of Indianapolis by adding a trail from Cold Springs Road to Kessler Boulevard along Michigan Road. A couple of weeks ago, $32 million more in projects were announced. Some bridge reconstruction work is planned for Meridian...
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