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PODCAST: What are we going to do about all these dead malls?

PODCAST: What are we going to do about all these dead malls?
This latest post–a podcast actually–is already over a week old, which would make it pretty stale by blogosphere terms, except that it’s particularly relevant for Urban Indy, in the wake of all the closures at the Circle Centre Mall (the most recent of which seems to be Abercrombie and Fitch, though I wouldn’t hold my breath for yet another closure before February). At any rate, this latest podcast has Aaron Renn of The Urbanophile interviewing me about my experience with this formerly ironclad retail typology.  No new malls have been built in a decade, and virtually all...
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City Market (Again): Maximizing the Tenant Potential.

City Market (Again): Maximizing the Tenant Potential.
I first featured the plight of the City Market on my personal blog, American Dirt, back in 2009, when it was in dire straits, just as it had been for many years. Decades, even. It was a pretty grim place: most of the perimeter simply offered unnecessary seating, the central vendor stalls were only-half full, and the ambiance of the market was cavernous and sterile, even during the peak lunch hour. I specifically interviewed local businesses for their opinions on City Market—successful operations like Moody’s Meats and Goose the Market—but neither one had much positive to say: the former business...
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Reminder: This Sunday, Downtown Construction Tour

Reminder: This Sunday, Downtown Construction Tour
This is a reminder that on Sunday at 3:00 pm, Urban Indy is hosting a downtown Construction tour. The tour will start in the City County Building plaza, across Washington Street from the Transit Center. If you are planning on attending, feel free to mention it in the comments, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. We’d like to know how many people to expect. I’ll have the map loaded on to my phone so that I can follow the route, which is also linked below: The walk will basically have 2 loops, each about 2 miles in length. After the first loop, walkers can choose to...
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Improving Indy’s Cultural Trail

Improving Indy’s Cultural Trail
Indy’s Cultural Trail is now two years old and is a huge success in so many significant ways. It continues to receive wide acclaim throughout the country as being a model of success for what proper biking and pedestrian infrastructure can do when done in a smart way instead of only going by the engineer’s guide book without thinking. So why then does the Cultural Trail need some improvement? Most areas are already functioning well and are fairly well optimized, but there is at least one area that needs some rethinking. Here’s where I’m referring to, do you recognize...
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Downtown Indy Construction Tour

Downtown Indy Construction Tour
There are so many projects happening downtown that Urban Indy has decided that it is time again for a construction-based walking tour. The last time a walk like this was hosted, it was organized by Chris Corr on his blog a year before Urban Indy consolidated forces. This time, we’ll meet on Washington Street, across from the Downtown Transit Center, located at 200 East Washington Street. The time and date is set for Sunday September 13, at 3 o’clock pm. The Colts are playing at the Bills, so they’ll be on the road if your are curious about how that may impact downtown. The route will...
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