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The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave

The Cultural Trail Philosophical Divide: Virginia Ave vs. Mass Ave
Virginia Avenue is hopping with new developments. Each article and news report that is written about the renewed focus on the street has mentioned the Cultural Trail as major catalyst for the revitalization of the street. The Cultural Trail is parallel to the commercial district for almost the entire stretch, with the exception of the short jog it makes to enable easier crossing of East and South Streets. This angle also enables some nice views of the downtown skyline, as seen in this photo: Contrast this to how the trail zigs and zags in the city’s other major diagonal commercial district,...
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Mass Ave Crit and FtnSqr Grand Prix

Mass Ave Crit and FtnSqr Grand Prix
It has been a great summer for cycling action here in Indianapolis.  We are seeing great returns on our infrastructure investments, and our citizens are starting to embrace bicycle culture more enthusiastically.  A good example of this was the Mass Ave Crit 2012 held last weekend.   The Mass Ave Crit is one of the most established races in the area, and it was a great turnout from spectators, fans, and cyclists.  The event was blessed with beautiful weather and a lot of support from the community.  I watched as many of the races as I could, and there was great action on every...
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Streetcar tracks on Mass Ave

Streetcar tracks on Mass Ave
I was picking up some pizza from Bazbeux’s last night on Mass Ave and I saw all the construction that is taking place. The project going on is resurfacing of the street, sidewalk reconstruction and addition of electrical conduit for additional lighting along the avenue. At the expense of looking like a hipster with my highly bastardized photo via Instagram on my old iPhone (first version) I snapped this picture of the exposed bricks and streetcar track of yester-year. There is no amount of pavement or sidewalk construction that ever dampens my enthusiasm for wanting to see streetcars return to...
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Census Reveals Hoosiers Increasingly Desire Walkable Neighborhoods

As many Urban Indy readers are well aware by now, the 2010 Census information for Indiana was released, giving the general public a statistical snapshot of the state’s economic and demographic standing.  Indiana is one of the first states to have their 2010 numbers released, with many other states coming online throughout the duration of 2011.  Certainly, this is an exciting time for urban planners, geographers, economists, and any other data junkie who gets as excited to study and sift through new Census data as others do the Super Bowl.  The reason for excitement surrounding new Census...
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Mass Ave Criterium Wrap-Up

Mass Ave Criterium Wrap-Up
If you managed to somehow overlook the fact that a large portion of downtown Indy was blocked off for an all day bike race this past week, then here is your sign. The Mass Ave Criterium was held on Saturday August 14th in the Mass Ave area of downtown. The following wrap up is courteousy of Ben Hunt of the Indy Cog. Pictures are by your’s truly who managed to make it downtown for the very last race. Special thanks to my wife for giving into my crazy photo taking whims after what had been a long day in the heat. ————————- By: Ben Hunt -The Indy...
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