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Pennsy Pocket Park

Pennsy Pocket Park
Recently, I learned of a new Pocket Park project being launched in Irvington by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  The park is located to the south of the Marsh store, along the Pennsy Trail:   The KIB webpage linked to a photo of the park’s construction, which is obviously in the early stages: I contacted Ben McGhee, who helped to design the park to find out some more information.  He sent along a few renderings: Ben McGhee, Brian Burtch, and Chris Stuart of Design Authority answered some questions I had about the project: 1. Where did the reclaimed material originate? In early...
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Former Irvington Post Office Saved

Former Irvington Post Office Saved
I was so happy to read this article yesterday on the former Irvington Post Office building, located at the corner Washington and Ritter.  This is excellent news for a building that has been threatened with demolition for years now: Hope everyone has had a safe and restful holiday season.
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Irvington Streetscape, Part IV

Irvington Streetscape, Part IV
Last Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to head over to Irvington to view their downtown area now that the major construction on the streetscape project has been completed.  The long-planned project has widened the sidewalks, added medians, and bricked up the main intersections for better pedestrian visibility. Sadly, the project isn’t a 100 percent aesthetic slam-dunk.  The utility poles still line the street (fortunately they are not embedded in the sidewalk), and they use Indy’s standard bland street lights.  Still, the street is much better than it was before, with its narrow...
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Irvington Streetscape Project underway

Irvington Streetscape Project underway
After 7 long years of fundraising and background legal work, the Irvington streetscape project kicked off yesterday.   Photos of the groundbreaking can be seen via the Irvington Development Organization’s facebook page.  This project will help reclaim Washington Street for pedestrians in the neighborhood, which has seen a good deal of new locally-owned businesses open in the past few years. According to the article in the Indianapolis Star, the first phase will take place on the 5 blocks between Irvington and Bolton Avenues, which could also be considered Downtown Irvington: The second phase...
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The Power of Natural Places

The Power of Natural Places
Natural places have a role to play in our neighborhoods.  The best urban sites share space with nature so well that you can not tell when the bricks stop and the trees begin.  Whether it is a chestnut tree in a courtyard or an old street lined with elms, nature has to be present or our cityscape is unsatisfactory. The ability to incorporate natural spaces into our neighborhood is often limited by our choices in infrastructure.  We refuse to plant trees along streets because it is considered dangerous for drivers (even though its much safer for pedestrians).  Once we convince ourselves that trees...
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