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The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut

The Indianapolis’ Sidewalk Donut
I work on map layers for Indianapolis, and recently I’ve been updating the sidewalk layer. Something that really jumps out is a donut that’s about 6-8 miles out from the center of the city which has very few sidewalks. Aaron Renn of the Urbanophile might call this the new donut. There are some noted exceptions here, especially within the excluded cities of Beech Grove and Lawrence. But, the city went through a ~2 decade period of purposely not building new sidewalks. Much of that development lies within this donut: This area of the city was largely developed between the 1950’s and the...
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What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans

What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans
Local News outlet Fox 59 recently published an article about a local restaurant at 54th and College, which contends that the city is being unfair in its Red Line plans. The restaurant currently uses a head-in parking lot configuration found nowhere else in Meridian Kessler. Given that this structure was historically a gas station and a grocery store, that’s not too surprising: A closer look at the property shows that the parking lot basically spills out into the right-of-way to the north and east side of the property: The article contends that the restaurant will lose its parking lot access from...
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2017: The Year of Civic Engagement

2017: The Year of Civic Engagement
Almost a decade ago, I set out to talk about urban planning issues in Indianapolis on a website. I didn’t know where it would go, or how many people would read it. I had no idea if it would fade away after a few months like so many other blogs, but it seemed to find a small niche. On April 11th 2017, Urban Indy turns 10. There would be no way this would have been possible without finding this niche. However, there’s still more work to be done. There’s a veritable wonderland of blog posts on this website now (many of them not written by me) to draw inspiration, and to take action. The...
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Why College Avenue is Right for the Red Line

Why College Avenue is Right for the Red Line
First, the good news: The Red Line has made the DOT’s budget proposal that will go before congress this year. If all goes well, construction could start next year on the first all-electric Bus Rapid Transit program in the country. This is big. Naturally, there has a been a bit of pushback about this plan. The most common refrain mentions a support of transit, but that College Avenue should not be the route that the Red Line takes on the north side, and that it should be put somewhere else. There are a few problems that come up with this line of argument: College Avenue was the site of the last...
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Letters of Support for the Red Line

Letters of Support for the Red Line
Due in part to some of the recent pushback on the Red Line proposal, I have been asked by a fan of Urban Indy to write a letter to the President of the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, Nick Colby. He can be reached at: ncolby at colbyequipment dot com. Here is the letter that I have prepared: If you are a resident of Meridian Kessler and a fan of Urban Indy, I encourage you to write your own letter of support for the proposed Red Line. Social Media ...
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