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Pandemic Parking: Reclaiming the Streets for Embattled Restaurants, Through the Parklets of Al Fresco Dining

Pandemic Parking: Reclaiming the Streets for Embattled Restaurants, Through the Parklets of Al Fresco Dining
I’m revisiting this site after a long, long hiatus, not because I’m back in Indy or because I have an update on development and planning.  These days, I barely make it back more than a few days each year.  And this article will not feature Indy-based photos.  But, after all those disclaimers, let me make my case: I still diligently follow the goings-on in the Circle City, and I think a subtle discoveries like the one featured here can show precisely how cities like Indianapolis can further leverage the novel approaches that they’re currently pioneering.  Specifically, let’s explore the...
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The Marietta Progresses and Raises New Questions About Mass Ave Infill.

The Marietta Progresses and Raises New Questions About Mass Ave Infill.
A few years ago, I reported on what might at the time have seen like a pretty run-of-the-mill transaction: the Marott Center downtown getting sold by its law-firm owners to a company known as Gershman Partners. It was a long-established, smartly preserved building along Massachusetts Avenue that survived from its heyday. And at the end of 2013, it changed hands.   No big deal, right? The crux of the matter is that a the law partners who had refurbished and then owned Marott Center for years turned the property over to real estate interests. At that point in time, Marott was just an office building...
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Marott Center Addition Proposal

Marott Center Addition Proposal
An interesting new proposal has been posted on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Council website for a mixed-use 4 story building fronting Massachusetts Avenue.   The address for the lot is actually 333 N Delaware.  The parking lot will remain on Delaware for now, but this building looks promising to me: Here is the site plan. Note the potential for curb bump out where the silly pedestrian island currently sits. Removing these dedicated and lightly-used turns for vehicles will only help Mass Ave’s pedestrian infrastructure: The rest of the renderings are shown below: ...
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College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection

College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection
The corner of College, Mass, and St. Clair has been on my radar for years now, as it currently features one solid newer building and 5 open lots: Recently, there have been a few different proposals to change the status quo on the corner, which could become a critical link between downtown and Broad Ripple. First up is a mixed use proposal on the Southeast corner by Milhaus, which appears to be a solid infill project:   On the southwestern corner, a much-less inspired proposal was recently tabled by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.  The proposal included a surface parking lot at...
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Saving Special Places

Saving Special Places
Last Saturday, I spent some time in the back of Chatham Tap, among all of the old brick buildings near Mass Ave.  I was commenting with my friends about how special this part of town is.  It’s easy to dismiss Indianapolis as a new town made of buildings constructed within the past 100 years, and in most places that is not too far from the truth.  This part of town is a major exception to that, even though it has faced numerous threats in the past.  This is a theme that dates back to at least 1958, according to this charming-yet-frightening planning document (seriously, this thing is a...
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