Almost a decade ago, I set out to talk about urban planning issues in Indianapolis on a website. I didn’t know where it would go, or how many people would read it. I had no idea if it would fade away after a few months like so many other blogs, but it seemed to find a small niche. On April 11th 2017, Urban Indy turns 10. There would be no way this would have been possible without finding this niche.
However, there’s still more work to be done. There’s a veritable wonderland of blog posts on this website now (many of them not written by me) to draw inspiration, and to take action. The easiest place to get involved is at the local level, so I contacted the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association about joining the Land Use Committee. Amazingly, they let me in on the first meeting after I contacted them.
Meridian Kessler has quite the reputation in the city for being stodgy. I’ve seen it referred to on here as the Land of the NIMBY. Absolutely, that element is pervasive within our boundaries, but there are also many people who are supportive of positive change. See also: the vote on the Transit Referendum, which passed in every precinct in the neighborhood:
This screen capture proves that despite all of the hand-wringing and fear, transit was a success at the ballot box. And it’s not just transit improvement that is popular within the neighborhood. Last night at the Land Use Meeting, we reviewed the application to turn the old Double 8 Foods at 46th and College into a restaurant. One committee member did air the common concern about the lack of parking. And then a miracle happened: the neighbor to the south spoke up about how many people in the neighborhood walk and bike places, and that they seem to have plenty of available parking on site.
We are getting somewhere, Indy. Let’s stay involved in these processes. Advocate for positive developments. Engage in public and neighborhood meetings. Join the Strong Indy facebook group. I no longer want to sit on the sidelines,Â and wish that I had done more.