Today marks the 11th anniversary of Urban Indy. I apologize for my lack of recent posts, but I’m still around. There is a lot to talk about, but the one project that got the most votes on my twitter poll was the Hanna International Lofts in Lafayette Square. This part of town has long interested me, as it could have faltered heavily through a lack of investment.Â The built environment is pure 1960’s-1990’s sprawl. There isn’t much that has been built that is worth saving, including the old Hooters where this project will live. Since we are the capital city of the state, immigrants from all parts of the globe have settled in this part of town, and served delicious food at affordable prices. They have helped to keep the area alive for decades, along with the existing African-American population. Now, perhaps the city is finally paying them back with proper investment:
Of course, it will be difficult to have a proper urban form along 38th Street. It’s one of those places where drivers are almost suspicious of anyone who has the audacity to be on foot. But I guess you have to start somewhere, and this lot is as good as any. The developers say that the project is already fully rented out 100%
Even better is the possibility that other development could soon be on the way. I grabbed this screenshot from WTHR:
Indy has been doing fine with redeveloping downtown, Fountain Square and Broad Ripple, but Lafayette Square is a completely different animal. I’m hopeful that this project (and other ones to come) can do a better job of maintaining the delicate balance between affordability and sustainability.
Thanks for reading Urban Indy for the past 11 years. I will not be hosting another anniversary event, but I will be joining the Bike Party this Friday for their 2 year anniversary. Hope to see you there.