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Rebuild Indy: What are we rebuilding?

Rebuild Indy: What are we rebuilding?
In 2010, Mayor Greg Ballard used bonding capacity against equity in our water/sewer utilities as well as future rate increases to fund a program that is called, Rebuild Indy. The first injection of funds came in to the tune of $55 million. It was used to jumpstart the program and largely includes resurfacing streets, repairing some sidewalks, and constructing a trail on the NW side of Indianapolis by adding a trail from Cold Springs Road to Kessler Boulevard along Michigan Road. A couple of weeks ago, $32 million more in projects were announced. Some bridge reconstruction work is planned for Meridian...
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From sketches to shovel: How The De Rimini fails

From sketches to shovel: How The De Rimini fails
In the fall of 2009, an infill development on the west side of downtown Indianapolis caused a stir with local urbanists. The DiRimini, or as it was called early on, Sarajo Commons, was set to take an empty lot on N. Capitol Avenue. The project is targetting IUPUI students and potential downtown dwellers. Finally, someone was stepping up to fill in one of the many vacant lots on this side of town. The parcel in particular, was located along 733 N. Capitol Avenue, a former grassly lot that had sat vacant for years. When the initial plans were submitted to the Metropolitan Development Commission, the...
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Speedway Streetscape

Speedway Streetscape
Way back in 2007, the Town of Speedway unveiled an ambitious redevelopment proposal. The first phase of construction is underway, which features of a redesign of Main Street.    The branding of the new streetscape draws inspiration from Speedway’s world-famous track, while also providing room for the mixture of street life and non-motorized transportation that is promoted here at Urban Indy.  The first 6 photos are from the completed southern portion, the final four are from the original north portion.  One thing in particular to note is the separated bicycle lane, seen in the second...
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Heads up: Near-eastside neighborhood redevelopment

This little blurb is so short that I can quote it in full. The announcement will take place Monday at 10 am at Brookside Elementary School. Thanks to Thundermutt for the heads up. The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee next week will be among six groups announcing a new investment in a local neighborhood. The funding is expected to assist in the funding of affordable-housing and commercial development in the targeted area. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and officials from State Farm Insurance Company and the John H. Boner Community Center will also...
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