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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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New Project Approved for College and North

New Project Approved for College and North
The Indianapolis Business Journal’s Property Lines blog has posted an article about the approval of a new large multi-building project at the corner of College Avenue and North Street.  This article has plenty of information on it, but Urban Indy has been fortunate enough to receive additional renderings of the project from Craig McCormick, principal of Blackline Architecture: Looks quite solid to me. Certainly is better use of the space than what is there...
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City Way Update

City Way Update
Less than one year ago, I posted an article featuring some photos of City Way, a large new development that basically creates a neighborhood from a former parking lot.  The project is nearing completion, and I happened to have a bit of time last week to walk around the facility for the first time since that post.   First off, a look at some of the recently completed work.  The first 2 pictures are of buildings that face Alabama Street: This project has also improved upon the north entrance for Eli Lilly, as well as the intersections along South Street: The centerpiece of the project is the...
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Maryland Street Downtown

Maryland Street Downtown
Two months ago, the restaurant 14 West closed after being open for several years.  I visited once years ago, and found the food and service to be decent.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was nearly empty on a Devour Downtown evening,  so the closing didn’t surprise me (or other food-watchers around town) all that much.   But for the purpose of this post, I don’t want to comment too much on this particular restaurant, but on its setting: 14 West was located in one of only three outward-facing street-level retailers on the entire block ( one being Palomino’s, which is on the corner...
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