Urban Design column

RACE: The Indy travel experience: Is improvement in sight?

July 5, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
The city needs a strategy to transform into a destination visitors would recognize.
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RACE: Old shopping centers don’t have to be heat islandsRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Here's how we can mitigate the damage being done by the city's acres of asphalt.
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RACE: Storefronts, sidewalks can make or break a retail nodeRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
A street's appeal and economic potential depends on good design principles.
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RACE: Midtown commercial nodes require vision, compromiseRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Transit-oriented developments in older neighborhoods must include density and good design.
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RACE: Make it Mallory: East Washington as creative corridorRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Old factory is one of many existing assets that can reverse fortunes of a struggling neighborhood.
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RACE: Updating Indianapolis' plan: vision, reality and the future

January 4, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
The city has an opportunity to replace its weak comprehensive plan with a robust strategy.
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RACE: Region should plan for 500,000 new neighbors

November 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Expected population growth will work for us if we prepare and against us if we don't.
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RACE: Historic Maple Road has power to transform cityRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Bus Rapid Transit could revive 38th Street and the neighborhoods that surround it.
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RACE: We have great streets, but we need more of themRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Successful streets balance environmental, economic, community and transportation objectives.
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RACE: City, state planning must account for climate changeRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
There's a heavy cost associated with ignoring the environment as we envision our future.
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RACE: The public house and our changing citiesRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
The long-standing tradition for pubs and inns dates back to the Romans. Wales, England and Ireland have been perfecting the pub for centuries.
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RACE: It's our turn to build an industrial legacy neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
As the GM plant site is redeveloped, Indianapolis should learn from Cardiff's mistakes.
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RACE: From Cardiff to Indianapolis, livable cities are universalRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
The capital cities of Wales and Indiana have much in common and are designing for the future.
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RACE: Indianapolis needs standards for its Capitol DistrictRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Our state capitol building is surrounded by utilitarian streets and inappropriate development.
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RACE: Zoning overhaul might not go far enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indy Rezone won't change the city's timid approach to planning.
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RACE: It's time to rediscover Kessler's park and boulevard systemRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
George Kessler’s 1908 vision was the foundation for Indianapolis’ neighborhood building and metropolitan-park planning. The nearly 3,500-acre Kessler legacy is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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RACE: Our streetcar legacy is high-value neighborhoodsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
As late as 1950, Indianapolis’ city limits were served by a system of streetcars and buses that resulted in compact and socially active neighborhoods.
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RACE: Here's how we can design our way to prosperity by 2040Restricted Content

January 5, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
If we do not think about whom we are designing the Indianapolis region for, we will, by default, turn design decisions over to speculators and partisans.
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RACE: We're turning our back on the city's design DNARestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Some large projects are in the works for Massachusetts and Indiana avenues. These projects are important. They can reconnect the fabric of downtown neighborhoods and commercial areas while adding economic and cultural vitality.
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RACE: Making downtown walkable shouldn't be afterthoughtRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
For me, the coolest cities have downtown streets that are economically vibrant, social, safe and comfortable. By any measure, we fall short.
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RACE: Is CityWay a mixed-use project or urban neighborhood?Restricted Content

September 29, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
CityWay’s design does a lot of things well. Its site plan is woven into the Indy grid, providing active street edges.
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RACE: Professional project review is an investment in qualityRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
If you want to make the private sector leery of developing in your community, take the certainty out of the process by making it political.
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RACE: Washington Street rife with missed opportunities

August 4, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Some of Washington Street's vitality can be recovered. An urban design plan for the street would identify a framework of existing and future landmarks, edges, open spaces and gateways.
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RACE: Reinventing commercial strips has economic upsideRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Savvy cities understand strip commercial corridors are economically and environmentally unsustainable.
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RACE: Desecrated diagonals put us at a crossroadsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Both Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., were designed as capital cities—with a certain formality, heroic views, intersecting axis, monumental architecture and sacred places.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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