Last Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to head over to Irvington to view their downtown area now that the major construction on the streetscape project has been completed. Â The long-planned project has widened the sidewalks, added medians, and bricked up the main intersections for better pedestrian visibility.
Sadly, the project isn’t a 100 percent aestheticÂ slam-dunk. Â The utility poles still line the street (fortunately they are notÂ embeddedÂ in the sidewalk), and they use Indy’s standard bland street lights. Â Still, the street is much better than it was before, with its narrow sidewalk and fast-moving vehicles:
One interesting detail the project considered was the preservation of the historic streetcar tracks, seen here laid in bricks in the sidewalk:
This apartment complex on the southwest corner of Audubon and Washington has recently been renovated, and it is looking great:
Finally, I have to mention a major reason for the trip. Â Irvington has a place to have a beer now! Â I recommend the Beard Tax Russian Stout if it is on draught at Black Acre Brewing Company: