Posted by Kevin Kastner in New Development, Pedestrian
on Jul 5th, 2012 | 42 comments
City Way is perhaps the largest project under construction in the downtown area. I find the design of the project to be refreshing, and perhaps the way of the future for the city. Instead of pinning our hopes on a splashy new high-rise, City Way is instead a collection of solid mid-rise buildings. I believe this leads to greater interaction with the street in a way that the city’s new taller buildings seem to struggle with.
CityWay as seen from the sidewalk next to Conseco Fieldhouse:
A closer look at the residences:
The centerpiece of the project is the Alexander...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Oct 20th, 2011 | 5 comments
On October 17th, 2011, the FTA awarded Indianapolis $2 million to conduct an alternatives analysis on what is termed, “Central Corridors”. (click here for the official FTA press release in .PDF format) This is direct from last year’s adopted Indyconnect plan that laid out future BRT lines along Washington Street east & west as well as BRT from Carmel to the southside of Indy along Keystone, College & Madison Avenues. Although the text is not particularly constricting, nor is it confining to the technology being BRT, what it DOES do is open the door to starting the...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Pedestrian, Transit
on Oct 12th, 2011 | 29 comments
The past year and some change has been an exciting time for transit in Indianapolis. I feel like we may be moving from the decades of study, study, study to something actually taking place. Proof of that is the current undertaking of the NE Corridor AA/EIS which is also accompanied by a land use study which will not only strengthen Indianapolis’ bid to get federal funding for the project but also lay out a plan for what we would like the areas around the stations to look and feel like.
As of late, both the Republican and Democratic mayoral candidates have been supportive of improved mass...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Transit
on Aug 31st, 2011 | 10 comments
Anyone see the latest IBJ has hit the stands? I will refrain from analysis of any kind at this point and simply point out a couple links for catching up on the first volley in the Indianapolis Streetcar debate.
IBJ Story: http://www.ibj.com/backers-seek-support-for-2mile-streetcar-line-downtown/PARAMS/article/29171 (requires subscription)
WTHR 13 Story: http://www.wthr.com/story/15351324/planners-eye-downtown-indianapolis-streetcar-route
Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp: http://indianapolisstreetcar.org/home.html
Read up. I am sure that we will see more information on this before too...
Posted by Curt Ailes in Bicycling, Pedestrian
on Aug 16th, 2011 | 17 comments
The past few weeks have been exciting regarding the completion of a short portion of the Cultural Trail along Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. The reason for the excitement, was the expedited method with which construction was completed at the apparent request of the Conrad hotel. Many local talking heads have discussed the issue here as well as the Skyscraper City Indianapolis Development forum. Some local property managers and owners whom have been affected have even weighed in on the issue which highlights just how touchy people have become about this portion of trail. Not only that, the...