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December 24 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Laura Granieri

December 24th, 2013Posted by 

After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in urban planning and development in May of 2012, I knew that I wanted to relocate from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. When I discovered The Grid and Global Site Plans, I was in the middle of completing a position as an Americorps VISTA […]

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December 10 2013

Super Bowl 46 Spurs Development and Change in Indianapolis

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

In February of 2012, Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl, which is arguably one of the biggest games in American Sports that occurs every year. Residents were confident in the city’s ability to host such an important event, while outsiders and visitors were skeptical about a Super Bowl in the Midwest’s Hoosier State. It’s no secret […]

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November 26 2013

12 Years Later “How Cities Work” is Still A Must-Read

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

Though written twelve years ago, “How Cities Work” by Alex Marshall is still highly applicable to cities around the world today. Marshall, a journalist by training, observes cities and shares his findings, oftentimes adding in remarks from famous urban planning giants such as Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. The introduction poses a question that serves […]

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November 12 2013

Using Sports for Urban Planning? How Indianapolis, Indiana Became the ‘Amateur Sports Capital of the World’

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters, the National Federal of State High School Associations and several NCAA athletic conferences. This hub of amateur sports associations may seem coincidental, but in fact, it was carefully planned. It is said that Indianapolis is branded as the “Amateur Sports Capital of the World.” […]

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October 29 2013

‘People for Urban Progress’ Repurposes Indianapolis’ RCA Dome

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

People for Urban Progress, or PUP, is an environmentally focused non-profit that began in 2008. At that point, the RCA dome was in the beginning stages of demolition, and two bright innovators had an idea to save the dome from being sent to a landfill. Michael Bricker and Maryanne O’Malley brainstormed and implemented a plan […]

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October 15 2013

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements

October 15th, 2013Posted by 

In the past year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has received attention and support from both native Hoosiers and people across the country. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio have voiced their support (and jealousy) of the eight-mile bike path that connects five of the six Indianapolis Cultural Districts. The trail has also been […]

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October 01 2013

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis’ Comprehensive Plan Process

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development […]

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September 17 2013

Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments

September 17th, 2013Posted by 

Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in the southwest corner of downtown. Since then, it has seen numerous uses: a mini racetrack for midget racecars, a junkyard […]

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September 03 2013

Cultural Districts Offer a Unique Way to Brand Indianapolis Neighborhoods

September 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to six different cultural districts, which all offer a different scene to residents and visitors. Each district is a neighborhood that has been branded by the buildings, physical features, and businesses that reside in them. Five of these reside in the core downtown area: The Canal and White River State Park, […]

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August 20 2013

Indy Connect Plan Looks to Bring More Transit Options to Indianapolis

August 20th, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is shaping up to be one of the greatest “little” cities in America. With a population of over 800,000 people, many argue that the only thing holding Indianapolis back from becoming one of the best is its lack of a mass transit system. But that’s not to say that transportation hasn’t been on […]

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August 06 2013

Indianapolis’ Market Days Benefitting Businesses & Community

August 6th, 2013Posted by 

Market days in Indianapolis, Indiana are unlike no other day.  The iconic sound of the bell signalizes the opening of the market, and the whole block instantly comes alive. From the tantalizing aroma of baked goods, to the incredible amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, Wednesdays are very special in downtown Indy. Going to the […]

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July 23 2013

6 City Features that Make Indianapolis Great

July 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Some American cities, though different in shape, size, and culture, share traits that make them great places to live, work, and play. In my four years at Ball State University, I was fortunate enough to travel with my urban planning program to many cities across the country, including: Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; […]

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July 09 2013

Bike-Sharing’s Coming to Indianapolis

July 9th, 2013Posted by 

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bicycle and pedestrian path that connects five of the six culture districts in Indianapolis, recently announced that they are bringing a bike-share program to Indianapolis in the spring of 2014. I recently attended a community forum where the Executive Director of the trail, Karen Haley, spoke briefly about the project […]

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