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Cultural Trail Clearance: Serious Business

Cultural Trail Clearance: Serious Business
Welcome to the flipside of the great freeze-out of 2014 (hopefully it will be the only one). I was happy to act as directed by the mayor and stayed home from Sunday until Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, I didn’t have to leave the house to see something inspiring on the internet. Our man living next to the Cultural Trail, Joe Smoker, took this photo of the machine that keeps the Cultural Trail clear of snow and posted it on Facebook: Apparently this machine arrived more frequently than the street plows, and it makes good sense.  One of Indy’s most valuable public assets is only good if it...
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Guest Post: Cultural Trail – Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda by Andy Howard

Guest Post: Cultural Trail – Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda by Andy Howard
Let me preface this post by saying – I love the Cultural Trail. I use it a minimum of 4 times a week and, more typically, about a dozen times taking my daughters to school, picking up groceries at Marsh, getting frozen yogurt at one of the many shops along the trail, and just going out for a leisurely stroll. Now, since I’m on the trail so much, I’ve gotten to know a few sniggles that have bothered me so I thought I would share them here on Urban Indy. Each item will come with a little list of concerning the severity of the problem and how fixable it is. Side street turn radius Severity:...
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Cultural Trail Grand Opening

Cultural Trail Grand Opening
This Saturday, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is throwing a Grand Opening party like none other.  Titled Get Down On It, the party features events for all ages to celebrate the completion of the trail.  There have been many delays, frustrations, and even a time where people were wondering if there was enough funding for the trail to be completed.  It took years of dedication, but it is finally complete*. Here at Urban Indy, we thought it would be a good idea to offer some of our thoughts about the trail and place them in this post. Curtis Ailes: The Cultural Trail is a piece of infrastructure...
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Regional Transit and the Trip Not Taken

Regional Transit and the Trip Not Taken
The past year and some change has been an exciting time for transit in Indianapolis. I feel like we may be moving from the decades of study, study, study to something actually taking place. Proof of that is the current undertaking of the NE Corridor AA/EIS which is also accompanied by a land use study which will not only strengthen Indianapolis’ bid to get federal funding for the project but also lay out a plan for what we would like the areas around the stations to look and feel like. As of late, both the Republican and Democratic mayoral candidates have been supportive of improved mass...
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Cycling on sidewalks in Indy

Cycling on sidewalks in Indy
I’m sure we’ve all seen it or experienced it a time or 10 here in Indy. Walking down the sidewalk (when there is one available) and someone either comes at you on a bike, or brushes past you from behind on a bike. Some go fast, some go slow but the fact that they are cycling ON THE SIDEWALK is the point I wish to examine with this post. I have thought about this one for a long time but a recent brush really called me to action. I was crossing West Street to get to classes at IUPUI. I saw someone riding up the sidewalk of West Street and when I got across, we were in close proximity to one...
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