Posted by Kevin Kastner in Bicycling
on Oct 9th, 2014 | 3 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development
on Sep 3rd, 2014 | 13 comments
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?
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Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development, Pedestrian
on Jul 15th, 2014 | 20 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Mar 31st, 2014 | 9 comments
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...
Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, Pedestrian
on Mar 11th, 2014 | 18 comments
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues.