In recognition of the completion of the Indianapolis Cultural Trailâ€™s Northeast Corridor, Urban Indy is running a series of comparison shots to show you how this project has transformed our city streets. Today weâ€™re featuring three pairs of photos from one of the more interesting features of the Northeast Corridor. For most of its run, the Cultural Trail follows city streets, but a small stretch of the Northeast Corridor uses an old brick alley to connect from Massachusetts Ave. to College Ave.
You’ll note that the changes to this area are more modest than in other areas. That is by design. This alley is in the Chatham Arch and Massachusetts Ave. Historic District and IHPC was concerned about the historical nature of this alley, wanting to ensure that the overall feel was not dramatically altered. Unfortunately, the original bricks were too worn and uneven to be ADA compliant, so a close approximation of new brick was used as a replacement for the majority of this section. All the original bricks in the alley were pulled up and put into storage to be used for future refurbishment of other Chatham Arch historic alleys. However, in order to maintain a permanent historical connection, a strip of original brick was replaced on the outer edges of the trail (look for this feature in the photos below).
Enjoy, and look for a new entry in this series every day this week!
This is Part 3 of a 5-part series – see the other four parts here: