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Guest Post from Nick Ison: Sustainability and Connectivity: Values that move us

Guest Post from Nick Ison: Sustainability and Connectivity: Values that move us
This is the 3rd post in a series of guest posts in support of increased transit access in Indianapolis. The first 2 can be read here and here.   In 2005, I moved from Indiana to attend college in Boston. Next came Philadelphia and Princeton to pursue a job and a masters degree respectively. When I returned to live at College and Kessler in 2014 though, I was anxious. Big east coast cities have a lot to offer a young professional, and I was worried that Indianapolis wouldn’t stack up. What I quickly found, however, was just the opposite: when friends from New York would call and complain about...
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How Indy Could Invest In Itself

How Indy Could Invest In Itself
This the follow-up post from the one I wrote on October 22nd. Indianapolis doesn’t have a lot of money to throw around at our various issues, and that money may be dwindling as I type. My number one money saving idea is simple: No more widened roads in the name of “improvement“. The phrase “If you’re in a hole, the first step is to stop digging” comes to mind here. But, consider that a widened city road: Costs more to maintain than it did previously. One mile of 2 lane road costs $312,000 just to be resurfaced. Places land into the public Right-of-Way which can no...
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Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan
The Meridian Kessler neighborhood is currently updating its zoning guidelines for the first time since the late 1970s. This plan has been released for initial review, and can be viewed on this webpage. I’ve also uploaded a copy here. The main focus for this plan that is of interest to Urban Indy is to discuss the future of the commercial nodes within the neighborhood. This included possible traffic calming measures, which are discussed in detail on Appendix C. The plan map also included the neighborhood’s first potential park, located at 42nd Street and the Monon Trail. Public comments on...
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Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals

Encourage Transit for Better Development Proposals
Recently, a proposal to knock down 2 houses on College Avenue just north of Kessler Boulevard in Broad Ripple was denied by the Metropolitan Development Commission.  This denial happened after the Planning Department had encouraged the petitioners to go back to the drawing board a few months ago.  Here is a look at the site plan of the initial proposal: This was to be a single-use office building, and the new curb cut was needed because unfortunately the owners of the property to the south did not allow the developers to borrow their parking lot entrance. This portion of College Avenue also does not...
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Getting the Ball Rolling – Transit Day at the Statehouse!

Getting the Ball Rolling – Transit Day at the Statehouse!
This winter, despite bitter cold temperatures, all I can think about is how I would love for someone else to do the driving, as I strategically maneuver my 4×4 Jeep through snow filled streets.  However, I work near Pendleton Pike and Oaklandon Road, where there is not an Indy Go bus in sight.  As a new contributor to Urban Indy, I will be sharing my passion for mass transit and the news regarding it here in Indianapolis. Indiana legislators are going through their lists of topics this session one by one, and soon to take the platform will be a topic of particular interest: Mass Transit.  As...
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