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The Chatham Arch Question, Part II: What Are the Consequences of Low Density Just a Mile from the Heart of Downtown?

The Chatham Arch Question, Part II: What Are the Consequences of Low Density Just a Mile from the Heart of Downtown?
In the first half of this two-part series I looked at the prevailing mentality articulated by some of the most influential members of the Chatham Arch neighborhood, evidenced by the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association (CANA) and its near-unanimous opposition to the redevelopment of a long-vacant charter school site at 9th and East Streets, into a mix of townhomes, single-family, and apartments with retail. Essentially, CANA argued that this proposal’s density was out of synch with the character of the nationally-registered Chatham Arch historic neighborhood, which largely consists of modest...
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The Chatham Arch Question, Part I: Why, in Older, Formerly Crowded Districts, Is Density Still a Dirty Word?

The Chatham Arch Question, Part I: Why, in Older, Formerly Crowded Districts, Is Density Still a Dirty Word?
It almost goes without saying: in some Indy neighborhoods, when a developer proposes a new project, a certain contingent immediately assembles to oppose it. We probably all know which neighborhoods these are. While an article that calls these opponents to the carpet will seem unfair (and, at least on an urban advocacy blog like this, all too commonplace), I hope I can at least offer a little bit of nuance and balance to the investigation, while still making the fundamental claim that the proposal in question is a good one—which, in turn, means that opposing it is, in my opinion, not a very good idea...
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New Mixed-Use Structure Proposed for Mass Ave’s East End

New Mixed-Use Structure Proposed for Mass Ave’s East End
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has posted renderings of a small, 3 story tall infill building next to the former R Bistro on the East End of Mass Avenue:   These are the types of infill projects that are the signs of a healthy corridor. Historically, there used to be a similar sized building on this lot, but it is much rarer to see new construction of this type of footprint. Social Media ...
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IHPC Quick Hits, October 19th

IHPC Quick Hits, October 19th
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission staff reports usually make for interesting viewing for people interested in urban infill proposals coming through the city. The latest one features at least 3 projects of interest to Urban Indy. Ransom Place: A reprisal of the development that I reported on during our last IHPC quick hits post, the proposal at Martin Luther King and St. Clair has been downsized a bit, but the overall project quality looks improved: St. Joseph: A major victory here, as the new proposed 5 story building will have walk-up apartments and retail in place of interior...
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New Development Proposed for St. Joseph Neighborhood

New Development Proposed for St. Joseph Neighborhood
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has posted renderings (page 110) for a proposed 5-story residential structure at Fort Wayne Avenue and Alabama Street The site plan and a few renderings are shown below:   It looks to be a decent addition to the neighborhood. I’d prefer to see less street-level parking and more chances for activation. The developers are actually providing less parking spaces than is required, though, so I doubt if that will change too much. I’m not sure if the area would be able to support retail. There are other options that would be better than a...
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