It is striking, though, how often cities that are far north of us outrank us in quality of life and livability metrics—indices that typically include weather as a factor.
It is important to understand, too, that a desire for urban living is not simply a hipster trend or a temporary phase of youth.
Healthy cities have multiple housing types at a variety of price points.
Businesses in Indy’s downtown and elsewhere in the region are counting on you for their survival.
The people who’ve been riding it are the ones who keep our economy moving.
Healthy city centers have enough people living in them to keep businesses alive in good times and bad.
Art and artists have always been a comfort during crises.
People who work together in diverse groups learn from one another and build places all of us can be proud of.
It’s time to try new things, like turning over some of the public right-of-way for restaurant seating.
We need to be smart about the lessons we take away from our experience with COVID-19.
Buildings that shut out street life are all about isolation, a concept we’re experiencing to an uncomfortable degree.
We shouldn’t accept the existence of barren, tree-less blocks downtown or elsewhere in our city.
Indy needs to pay more attention to the role aesthetics play in drawing people and investment.
Cities trying to slow down traffic are seeing numerous counter-intuitive benefits.
The neighborhood that includes City Market, the Julia M. Carson Transit Center and numerous other assets is loaded with potential and entrenched obstacles.
Numerous examples show how places like Castleton can be recast on a human scale.
A century ago we were learning lessons from another disruptive technology that had people in an uproar: the automobile.
The distinctive geometric grid of streets and avenues that define Washington, D.C., heavily influenced the original plat of Indianapolis. As we consider our city’s future, it may once again be time to look to the nation’s capital for inspiration.
Urban living means more than just locating in the downtown core of the biggest cities. What people are looking for is not a compromised blend of suburban and urban, but an urban condition scaled to their lifestyle.
As the Indiana Pacers contemplate an outdoor space adjacent to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it’s a good time to consider the design elements that make a successful plaza work.