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Meridian Kessler Moving Forward with Form-Based Codes

Meridian Kessler Moving Forward with Form-Based Codes
My neighborhood, Meridian Kessler, has been doing some behind-the-scenes maneuvering to promote the implementation of Form-Based zoning codes in the neighborhood.  Form-based codes are the logical antidote to the current use-based zoning that is in place in much of the United States.  Urban Indy will be highly supportive of the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association’s push for this important and much-needed change.  The first public meeting will be held at Developer Town at 53rd Street and Winthrop Avenue on Thursday, December 1st, at 7:30 pm.  More information can be found on this link...
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Why Mode Matters for Indianapolis

Why Mode Matters for Indianapolis
  When does perception become reality? When a preconceived notion trumps all logic and becomes the first thought associated with a specific topic. Why is it then, that “light rail” seems to be the favored quarter when it comes to alternative transportation modes?  Last week, I tackled the first half of why we perceive light rail to be superior to commuter rail when I wrote about, “Why Route Matters for Indianapolis”. In that post, I highlighted that it isn’t neccesarily the mode that gets you there, but where a transit route goes that drives ridership...
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Indianapolis MPO releases Transit Vision Document

Indianapolis MPO releases Transit Vision Document
As I have posted about before, the Indianapolis MPO is in charge of transportation planning in our region. Their governing region extends into other counties around the region. A federally mandated charge of theirs, is to keep a long range plan on hand that fiscally constrains our region’s transportation expansion over a 20 to 25 year period. Everything from highway and street planning to transit planning is included. It is updated every few years formally, and informally here and there.  Until recently, there was no transit, at least in large part, included in the plan. That all changed when...
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Could a new People Mover Station spur development?

Could a new People Mover Station spur development?
The Clarian People Mover in Indianapolis is a privately owned and operated elevated fixed guideway transit structure. It closely resembles a “monorail” but in fact is not. It was built with the purpose of connecting medical facilities in downtown Indianapolis’ NW medical district.  It connects Methodist hospital on it’s north station, with the IU Medical complex on it’s south end, and by extension, IUPUI; if you are willing to walk a few hallways and take an elevator to get there. There is one stop midway through it’s route to serve another medical related...
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Zoned Out Indy

Zoned Out Indy
The city of Indianapolis uses a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances as their main tool of city planning (see current zoning codes; or see Indy’s zoning synopsis).  The purpose of our zoning code is to resolve conflicts between land uses by separating them (Euclidean style).  Obviously, there are some land uses that don’t fit well together.  A quick example would be an adult entertainment venue next to an elementary school.  Nobody thinks that these activities belong next to each other, so the natural solution is to just keep them separated by a healthy distance. The problem is that...
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