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Ohio Street Rain Garden

Ohio Street Rain Garden
A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Greg ballard announced a green infrastructure project which would be located on Ohio Street in downtown. The stretch of sidewalk to be improved (and in this case, improved is the proper term) is between College Ave, and Park Ave. This is the same block that contains the newly, and recently featured here (and here) Nature Conservancy. The project addresses what for many cities today, is a glaring problem. Stormwater runoff management. This specific project aims to tackle this issue by replacing concrete and pavement, with permeated pavement and a rain garden. This is the...
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Love Your Neighborhood? Then Learn to Hate Your Streets

Love Your Neighborhood? Then Learn to Hate Your Streets
Indianapolis neighborhoods are great. Our city consistently ranks as a top location for inexpensive housing costs. With our diverse and creative citizens, the neighborhoods have always been full of interesting people who care about their communities. Increasingly, our urban neighborhoods are under threat.  Everyone recognizes how crime, pollution, and blight can ruin an area, but few people realize that the greatest risk to communities is one that we invite welcomingly – the automobile. If you are a young American, there is nothing more dangerous than the keys in your pocket.  Nothing is as...
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West Washington Street

West Washington Street has been a base for Latin American immigrants in Indianapolis for decades. The area near Belmont Street contains an array of historic mixed-use store fronts. This may be a controversial point, but I believe this might be most fully-functioning “Main Street” type of area in the city. Most of the buildings are occupied, and there is a diverse array of services provided to the Latin American community. First off is a nicely designed store: These old one story banks are all around the city. It’s a shame that this one is no longer in use: At the western end of my...
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Shelby Street

I took these pics on one of the hottest days of the year in late June. It was so hot that I had a difficult time dealing with it, so I stopped taking pictures. I’ve been holding on to them, thinking I would add to the collection. Well, as you can guess, I haven’t yet. Regardless, here they are. Here’s to thinking warm (but not absolutely swealtering) thoughts this Christmas: Social Media ...
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