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Modernist Structure Gets a Facelift

Modernist Structure Gets a Facelift
A mostly innocuous-looking building at Alabama and New York Streets is undergoing a major renovation project. Formerly housing only a law firm, the first floor is being converted into a bank. Here is what it used to look like, courtesy of Google Street View: Here is how it looked, as of this morning.  Notice the new ADA-accessible entrance on the south side, which appears to be included tastefully: There are probably critics who will lament the loss of the concrete facade, as a testament that some developers still have not learned the lessons of the past with regards to appreciation of our...
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6 East Washington

6 East Washington
A quick photo update on a project I like quite a bit, the new structure at 6 East Washington: More information can be found in this article on the IBJ. The first floor tenant will be Chipotle. Let the burrito wars commence. Social Media
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Downtown Project Update

Downtown Project Update
It has been quite a while since I have posted a downtown project update. Almost two years, in fact.  With the beautiful day we had yesterday,  I figured it was a good time to walk around and post some pictures of some newer developments in the city. First up is the first new building to be constructed within a block of Indy’s “Main and Main” streets since the Conrad was built, a 2-and-a-half story structure that will house a Chipotle: On Illinois and Washington Streets, Circle Center Mall added Granite City Brewery, which did not make the same mistake as previous restaurants and...
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One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life

One of the Oldest Commercial Buildings in City Coming Back to Life
The long vacant structure at 42 East Washington Street is finally seeing some quality redevelopment work.  The building, which could even date to 1846, will soon contain a sculpture gallery on its first floor, and perhaps a second floor use. A view from Pennsylvania Street to show the building peaking up above, along with its ghost sign. The upper floors of this building have been largely vacant for at least 40 years, as seen in this article on Historic Indianapolis. I have not yet heard about plans for the top 3 floors, but the rendering on the window shows a 4 floor building. It is possible that...
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Low Hanging Fruit: Return Alabama and New Jersey to 2-Way Streets

Low Hanging Fruit: Return Alabama and New Jersey to 2-Way Streets
Sometime in the near future, the city should be making a decision on which of the proposals they have received for the Market Square Arena site to accept.  Courtesy of an idea that I first read from Urban Indy blogger Chris Corr, I’m posting this as a hope for some forethought to the street environment surrounding the former MSA. As I have displayed on the map below, the Market Square Arena site is flanked by very short one way segments of Alabama and New Jersey streets. Alabama is 6 blocks long, and New Jersey is 5 blocks long. How much can be gained in this configuration? The best argument I...
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