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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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Curb Side Recycling in Indianapolis

Curb Side Recycling in Indianapolis
A couple weeks ago I arrived home from work and discovered an unfamiliar scene as I drove down my street. There were yellow & blue bins in every property’s front yard, including my own. There was a packet of information included with the bin explaining that my neighborhood had been selected for a 3 month curbside recycling pilot program; which is being offered by Republic. At the end of the 3 month period, a one time charge of $48 for the next year will be billed if we choose to continue. To be completely honest, I was excited to see the bin in my front yard. Republic will pick it up every...
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One Year of Being Car Free in Indianapolis

On December 30, 2009, I put together my first blog post on the trials and tribulations of being car free in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city known for its auto-orientation (need I say more than the Indy 500?) and poor transit service. At the time, I was not sure if I would last in this Midwest-as-Midwest-can-get city without auto wheels supporting my mobility, but I nonetheless vowed to periodically write about my experiences walking around town and riding IndyGo until I caved in.  And after my bike was stolen the very first day I gave up driving, I was sure I would cave quickly.  But one year later,...
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ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns

ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns
NUVO’s Austin Considine* wrote an interesting article regarding the Mayor’s pick for the proposed parking system – Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS).  In addition to concerns related to ACS’s ties to Republican leadership in the state and a few privacy blunders, one sticky past project of ACS is causing concern among critics. Given the long-term nature of this contract, it’s a good time to consider the Mayor’s choice with care and seriousness. Remember when the Indiana government contracted with IBM and ACS to privatize aspects of the Family and Social Services...
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Does the Indianapolis Convention Center Renovation represent a failure of design?

Does the Indianapolis Convention Center Renovation represent a failure of design?
This past Sunday, my wife and I had the last minute pleasure of attending the first pre-season Colts game. It was a hot August Indianapolis weekend. We witnessed a great performance by the first team, and then a mediocre performance by the Colts “B” team. When we decided to make our way out of Lucas Oil Stadium,  we left by way of the north gate which lies on South Street and gives you a grand view of downtown Indianapolis’ skyline. If we back up for a second and take a look at what is going on in this area of downtown, we should go back a few years when planners decided to build a...
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