As the GM plant site is redeveloped, Indianapolis should learn from Cardiff’s mistakes.
The capital cities of Wales and Indiana have much in common and are designing for the future.
Our state capitol building is surrounded by utilitarian streets and inappropriate development.
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.
As late as 1950, Indianapolis’ city limits were served by a system of streetcars and buses that resulted in compact and socially active neighborhoods.
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.
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.
For me, the coolest cities have downtown streets that are economically vibrant, social, safe and comfortable. By any measure, we fall short.
CityWay’s design does a lot of things well. Its site plan is woven into the Indy grid, providing active street edges.
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.
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.
Savvy cities understand strip commercial corridors are economically and environmentally unsustainable.
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.
Houses in communities that are easy to navigate on foot command a higher price-per-square-foot.