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Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?

Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?
On the back end of Washington DC’s Union Station, numerous passenger railways stretch to the northeast across several city blocks, by means of a lengthy, viaduct-like structure. By and large, this viaduct separates the gentrifying Near Northeast neighborhood, consisting primarily of two- and three-story rowhomes set back from the street, and the gentrifying NoMa neighborhood (“North of Massachusetts”) which is redeveloping into an array of fashionable office and apartment high-rises (probably mid-rises by most other cities’ standards), along with retail on the lower level.   Perpendicular...
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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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