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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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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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Walk Urban Indy

Walk Urban Indy
A new organization has been formed to promote neighborhood walking groups called Walk Urban Indy.  They are starting their first group walk in the Watston-McCord neighborhood, which has an upcoming event on Saturday, June 15th from 9am to 3pm.  I will quote from their website to give more information about the group’s mission: The WUI Plan At the most basic level, WUI will assist in the organization of local walking groups and provide a collection of mapped routes of varying distances within a neighborhood so that new walkers can start slow and build up both speed and distance. The routes are...
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Jane Jacobs Walk with Big Car

Jane Jacobs Walk with Big Car
Urban Indy is proud to sponsor an upcoming Jane Jacobs walk in the Garfield Park neighborhood with the Big Car organization.  Indy’s version of the nationwide initiative takes place on May 4th at 10 AM.  Registration and more information for the event can be found at this website.  I’ll be taking part in the 3 mile walk with my wife and 2 year-old daughter.  Other Urban Indy collaborators may also be joining along.  Come along and chat with us, as we aim to reflect on our current built environment, as well as ways to improve upon it. Social Media ...
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Non-Profit Spotlight: Every Body Walk

Non-Profit Spotlight: Every Body Walk
At this point, most Americans have heard of the country’s struggle with obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.  No statistic highlights this problem better than America’s increasing obesity rates: in the 1980’s only one state had obesity rates above 20%; today 49 states do.  Time and time again, the blame for this goes to fast food and dietary control matters, with little mention of urban planning policy and how that plays into the issue.  Many urbanists believe there is in fact a direct correlation between this public health crisis and urban planning, citing the decrease in walkable community...
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