Intriguing photos from Mass Ave’s Recent Past

The Riley Area Development website has a large collection of photos from Mass Ave dating from the late 1980s-to-1990, when it was just starting its rebirth. They are good to revisit from time to time to reset your mental frame about what is possible in a relatively short period of time. My favorite is the photo of the short-lived “Apartment Bridge” over East Street. Brutalist architecture that only a dictator could love.

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  • I think the apartment bridge should have stayed.

  • Gives you hope for East 10th Street, doesn't it? I had no idea that Mass Ave. was so grim so recently (or ever, really).

  • That apartment bridge was scary and oppressive. Glad it's gone.

  • Nice photo series. Does anyone know if the First United Brethren Church was long vacant before it was demolished?

  • I agree with bhorg about the apartment bridge. It actually adds life to East Street, which is now flanked by parking lots on either side…NOW THAT'S OPPRESSIVE!! What a boring, lifeless street in such a prime area. Although it wouldn't seem practical these days, I would love to see future developments bridging Indy's wide streets more often.

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