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Goodbye Indianapolis – I’ll Miss You / Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

Goodbye Indianapolis – I’ll Miss You / Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You
  If you have ever read my blog urbanOut and followed the ‘Walking the Walk’ series about being car-free in Indy, you know that my walking habits rarely veered away from a few key streets in Downtown.  For two years this was the life I lived, with no real desire to wander off course.  But since June of this year, all that changed when my life took a significant detour off my normal walking routes and landed me in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I now live.  Earlier this year, I pursued a career opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.  After a long interview process, a lot of waiting...
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Tackling the 16 Tech Plan

Tackling the 16 Tech Plan
The week of June 13th was an exciting one in Indianapolis. The Broad Ripple Parking Garage was announced. CIRTA launched a campaign to build a transit coalition to present to state lawmakers. And the City announced the 16 Tech Technology district that would be anchored by a redeveloped Bush Stadium. On the surface, the 16 Tech proposal looks like a positive one. An underdeveloped neighborhood with a culturally rich past gets a boost from the city while urban thinking residents are appeased by the presence of pedestrian and bike friendly infrastructure. Indeed, The Technology Trail should be a...
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Shelby Street Bike Track under construction

Shelby Street Bike Track under construction
Earlier this year, Chicago elected a new mayor; Rahm Emanuel. Upon entering office, he wasted no time going to work on his campaign promises of improving mobility for citizens. Among his first visual changes, were the introduction of a new cycle track along a half mile stretch of downtown street; Kinzie Ave from Milwaukee Avenue to Wells Street. Upon being in office for only a few short weeks, Emanuel has demonstrated his firm commitment to transportation alternatives. When you look at what “IT” actually was, bike lanes were striped to create a reasonable barrier between motorists and...
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Myrtle Beach & its focus on Walkability

Myrtle Beach & its focus on Walkability
When one mentions that they went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC, visions of complete streets and urban design do not spring to mind. For years, I remember friends who’s parents took them to Myrtle Beach on summer vacation. I had never attended until recently, when my wife proposed that we take a summer trip there. I am a major lover of the beach, and sunburns, so it did not take any amount of arm twisting. We spent 5 nights just south of the major N/S split along Ocean  Blvd, so we were front and center for what I observed to be the changing of a familiar built form; that being one that gives...
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State lawmakers scuttling transit projects

State lawmakers scuttling transit projects
What started as a squeak in November has turned into a low roar. What is this low roar? The dying gasp of transit projects across the nation. In case you have not noticed, there is a bit of political turmoil going on here in America. It seems that no one is immune to the affects of the recent election. Regarding transportation, the problems started when NJ Governor cancelled the ARC project that would have increased commuter train access into NYC. Then, Wisconsin and Ohio’s new GOP Governors rejected Federal funding that was awarded to the previous administration for High Speed Rail....
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