Posted by Jim Hodapp in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Aug 25th, 2015 | 26 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian, Transit
on Aug 25th, 2015 | 6 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods
on Jul 31st, 2015 | 2 comments
It’s been over a year since Urban Indy had a Desktop Wallpaper. Curt Ailes has been in Portland since that time, and his photography and photoshop skills have yet to be replaced for us. This is our first attempt at rekindling the tradition, taken on a perfect summer day last week by yours truly. Urban Indy blogger Joe Smoker helped me out by putting the calendar and logo stamp below it. We will happily accept future submissions to the desktop wallpaper tradition.
This photo is a square as it was post-processed via Instagram, but it makes a lot more sense for a wallpaper than it did when it was...
Posted by Jim Hodapp in Bicycling, Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Mar 24th, 2015 | 25 comments
What happens when a city adds a lot of residents to its downtown that are really eager to be there? What happens when a city adds hundreds and thousands of new residents to an area that is 5 minutes walk from the center of the city, 5 minutes walk from the bustling trendy area with many shops, restaurants and places to congregate? Or how about being a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from another trendy area along a world-class protected bike and pedestrian pair of great looking paths? What you get is a district of Indy called Market East.
I now call myself a resident of this area of downtown...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Feb 12th, 2015 | 3 comments
The buzz behind the 2 major projects on the former Market Square Arena parking lots has built to a point to where the only question appears to be the date for groundbreaking. Thus, it is appropriate to bid a farewell to some of the worst parking lots in Indy. These projects will get us closer to the achievable goal of ridding the mile square of massive lots.
I’ve walked down Market Street on a too-narrow sidewalk almost every day for these past 15 years, wondering if the time would ever come that it would be anything other than asphalt. I believe the sidewalk will be widened, and Market Street,...