Urban Design

RACE: Rest areas, welcome centers send negative message

August 30, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indiana has branded itself as the Crossroads of America. We take pride in being an automotive and industrial state. You’d think we’d embrace the idea of rest stops that welcome visitors and celebrate the car culture.
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RACE: Prioritize place-making, and college grads will stayRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
Indiana is producing plenty of college graduates, but they don't stick around long.
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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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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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