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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...
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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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One Year of Being Car Free in Indianapolis

On December 30, 2009, I put together my first blog post on the trials and tribulations of being car free in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city known for its auto-orientation (need I say more than the Indy 500?) and poor transit service. At the time, I was not sure if I would last in this Midwest-as-Midwest-can-get city without auto wheels supporting my mobility, but I nonetheless vowed to periodically write about my experiences walking around town and riding IndyGo until I caved in.  And after my bike was stolen the very first day I gave up driving, I was sure I would cave quickly.  But one year later,...
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