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Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside

Note: To see previous Friday Fun posts, click here. One of the more interesting and popular ways to increase density in historic Single-Family-Housing neighborhoods is to allow a carriage house toward the backside of the lot. Often, the new residence will sit on the second floor of a new garage for the property. This has …

Friday Fun: Self-Driving Cars (in 2009)

There’s been a lot of talk in urban circles about how the implementation of self-driving vehicles will impact transportation in the future. Most of that talk is way out of my league, but I do have experience actually riding in a self-driven vehicle. Back in 2009, my wife and I visited Japan, and we checked out …

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Graffiti can be a tricky subject for me. I love freedom of expression and art, but I don’t love defacing public or private property. Most graffiti in Indianapolis is simply thoughtless tagging, similar to how a dog marks his territory while on a walk. Of course, the paint stays much longer. Sometimes, however, graffiti can make …

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I suppose I enjoy it when nature and old infrastructure collide, but I couldn’t resist posting this photo of a tree knob nudging off a column’s capital for a Friday Fun post. The location is 57th and College Avenue:

Friday Fun: Mythbusting Indianapolis

I feel it is time to dispel one of the most common myths about Indianapolis.  I have seen it time and time again, most recently on one of my favorite local blogs Historic Indianapolis.  But I don’t mean to pick on them, as they are not alone in believing that the Riley Tomb marks the …

Friday Fun – Hidden Stop Sign

It’s Friday, which means it’s a good time for an amusing post based upon the built environment. This is a stop sign that is completely enveloped by a pine tree in my neighborhood. It sits at the end of a driveway that services 2 houses, so the stop is already implied. Many of the small …

Friday Fun: Confessions of an Urbanist

This is an idea we have kicked around in our blog’s e-mail threads.   I know that I personally do quite a few things out of character for a person who runs an urban affairs blog, and this is the post where I mention a few of them. 1.  Golf.  I play golf.  Not very often, …

Friday Fun – Downtown Indy Parking Lot Map

We have been trying to do a series of posts labeled Friday Fun. This week’s entry is perhaps not so fun when you examine the implications, but I took a few minutes and did a 20,000 foot parking snapshot; and Im positive I’ve missed some spaces, but here is a rough look in a roughly …

Friday Fun: The new Jos. A Bank downtown

Man, what a difference removing a tacked-on facade from the 1970’s can make!  The revitalization of a few long-downtrodden blocks along East Washington Street is one of the more interesting developments of the past few years.  The Cultural Trail along here seems to be helping draw more foot traffic as well.  Here’s a reminder of …

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Why yes, it is a building. I’ve always loved this.  Corner of Ohio and Delaware.

Fun for Friday: American Bus Stories

This post is meant to be a companion piece to my German Train story that I posted in January. Traveling by bus in America can lead to some interesting stories.  I’ve only ridden a Greyhound on one occasion, back in the year 2000, which was a round trip to Pittsburgh.   The trip eastward boarded around …

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Northeast Corridor – Before and After, Pt. 5

In recognition of the completion of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail’s Northeast Corridor, Urban Indy is running a series of comparison shots to show you how this project has transformed our city streets. Today is the last day of our series and we’re featuring sets of photos from Walnut St. and New Jersey St. We apologize …

Pandemic Parking: Reclaiming the Streets for Embattled Restaurants, Through the Parklets of Al Fresco Dining

The street closures intended to re-stimulate restaurants after the pandemic could help encourage a radical rethinking of parking in downtown Indy, after we gain a better understanding of people’s willingness to walk. Rehoboth Beach provides unlikely but compelling evidence.

Downtown Indianapolis Parking Lot Comparison: 2011 to 2018

Back in 2012, Curt Ailes posted an article containing a few maps of the surface parking lots downtown. After these maps came up on twitter, I figured that now would be a good time to compare the lots to what currently exists. First , I took the old lots and contrasted them with the new …

A Car-Free Guide to Indianapolis, New Years Eve addition

I last posted this article in 2012 for the Super Bowl. I was amazed at how much has changed since then. Most of the text will be the same, but I’ll update links and add new options as needed. I’ve also deleted out much of the information that applied to visitors, this edition of the …

Penn Street’s Protected Bike Lane

Much has been made in the media recently about the new configuration of Pennsylvania Street between St. Clair and Washington. Some of it has been informative, and some hasn’t.  It’s a good idea at this time to take a step back and reflect on the main goal of the initiative: To increase safety for bicyclists. …

From Art to Ads: Commodifying Space at the Indy Airport.

A few years ago, the still shiny-and-new Indianapolis International Airport (IND) found itself at the center of a mild controversy. The Airport Authority announced, after just three years in operation, what for some people amounted to a pretty significant concession: it was replacing one of the most prominent artistic installations with a large flat screen …

Indianapolis Bikeshare Program Details Announced

The Indianapolis Bikeshare program was revealed last Friday at well attended press conference in the Fountain Square cultural district where it was announced that the program will launch in just a few short weeks – Tuesday April 22nd is go live day! We are seeing stations already being placed throughout downtown.  This is the one …

A New Year – A New Urban Indy Writer!

As we all enjoy the fluffy, frozen whiteness to close out the week I thought it would be a good time to get my first contribution to the blog out there.  Happy Friday! I’m thrilled to join the Urban Indy team – my name is Nathan and I’ve enjoyed seeing the city change (mostly for …

HB1011 relegated to Study Committee

Urban Indy has kept up to the minute with the goings-on of HB1011, mass transit, which was introduced in the Indiana House this year. Friday April 26th, it was reported that Representative Jerry Torr, author of the bill, had signed off on the Senate adopted version of the bill; that being all referendum authorizing language …