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Downtown Cummins Executive HQ

Downtown Cummins Executive HQ
By now, pretty much everyone familiar with development in Indianapolis has seen the 2 eye-catching renderings of the proposed Cummins Executive Headquarters. If not, here they are: This could raise the bar for architecture in Indianapolis. But is it good development? The city basically gave away prime real estate for new offices and a parking garage. There are plenty of office vacancies and lightly-used parking garages around downtown. But the amount of undeveloped downtown super blocks is finite. This makes the project is a bit more of a mixed bag overall. I’m happy that they have left the...
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Indianapolis Bike Share Numbers: Some Perspective

Indianapolis Bike Share Numbers: Some Perspective
The numbers for the first 6 months of the Pacers Bikeshare are in, and the program appears to be a success in comparison to a larger bike share in Denver. These numbers are nice to see, as they show that there is a demand for alternative modes of travel in the downtown area. A successful bikeshare like the one centered around the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will help to encourage future expansion. However, I do think this data should be read with a bit more caution.  It does not prove that Indianapolis is a greener city than Denver, as the Indy Star article suggests.  What it does prove is that this...
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Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings

Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings
A new two-flag hotel is being proposed downtown, directly across the street from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. This lot featured a different hotel proposal before the market crash. The hotel is being designed by Ratio, across the street from their headquarters. The renderings of the new hotel are included on the IHPC Staff Report, and I’ve included some of them below: What do you think? Social Media ...
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OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story

OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story
Readers of the Indianapolis Business Journal may recall that two years ago, members of this blog remonstrated against the design of the OneAmerica Parking Garage.  That story has never been told on Urban Indy, until now.  The reason for sharing this now will be explained towards the end of this article.  But first, some background on the process. A member of our team (who was at the time independent of this blog) first brought up the various issues with the urban design of the garage, which was proposed to replace a surface lot at the corner of New York and Illinois.  This garage was to be built...
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Building Small

Building Small
I’m a huge fan of the new building to house a Chipotle on Washington Street downtown. So much so that I’ve taken photos of it in various stages of completion.  Here it was last September: Here it is as of Friday, March 28th: A major advantage that this site has over the larger projects around town is its location in between two long-standing buildings. The architects of Chipotle building didn’t have to worry about the appearance 2 of the 4 facades.  This shows the importance of preserving old buildings around town that make use of the entire parcel.   Another unique aspect of...
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