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Pandemic Parking: Reclaiming the Streets for Embattled Restaurants, Through the Parklets of Al Fresco Dining

Pandemic Parking: Reclaiming the Streets for Embattled Restaurants, Through the Parklets of Al Fresco Dining
I’m revisiting this site after a long, long hiatus, not because I’m back in Indy or because I have an update on development and planning.  These days, I barely make it back more than a few days each year.  And this article will not feature Indy-based photos.  But, after all those disclaimers, let me make my case: I still diligently follow the goings-on in the Circle City, and I think a subtle discoveries like the one featured here can show precisely how cities like Indianapolis can further leverage the novel approaches that they’re currently pioneering.  Specifically, let’s explore the...
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The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?

The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?
Considering the wonderful coverage Curt here at Urban Indy provided in the months leading up to and during the construction of the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, it’s surprising that nobody wrote a feature once it opened. But it looks like we didn’t.   So here’s a chance, now that the garage has just celebrated its fourth birthday.   People in the local blogosphere routinely rant and rave about how many development projects have depended upon taxpayer subsidies to get off the ground—either in the form of liberal application of Tax Increment Financing, reduced-interest loans, or even...
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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lThe Indianapolis Business Journal mentioned a proposal  (about 2/3 of the way down) that has been withdrawn for the Warfleigh neighborhood, which sits just to the west of Broad Ripple overlooking the Central Canal.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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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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Monon Pointe

Monon Pointe
Another day, another post about a new Chipotle in Indianapolis. This building replaces a former stand-alone liquor store in Broad Ripple, and it appears to be successful for the most part.  And, yes, it will also house a Chipotle, just like the last post that I made. Here’s the view from the 1001 Food + Drink parking lot: From the southwest corner: From the north side: It does appear that the building does not embrace the Monon Trail as much as it could have. Thankfully, though, the front door is on Broad Ripple Avenue, and not the parking lot: What do you...
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