Urban Design column

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.

RACE: 10 East Main brings together ingredients for revitalizationRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Branded as the 10 East Main Street Business District, the still somewhat spotty and edgy 10th Street is coming back to life serving new bohemians and longtime residents.

RACE: Walkable neighborhoods are a good investmentRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Houses in communities that are easy to navigate on foot command a higher price-per-square-foot.

RACE: All top cities have urban design plans

March 3, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Regardless of their size and regional settings, there is a common theme among cities making the “best cities” lists: place-making is a priority.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.