Tag Archives: Indianapolis

Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Connecting with Community: Great Places 2020

Englewood Village in Indianapolis (Credit: Great Places 2020)
People, vision, hard work: that’s what it takes to create vibrant neighborhoods, according to an Indianapolis cafe owner working to be a catalyst for change as part of Great Places 2020. This program focuses on fueling healthy livable places, where there are thriving businesses and good jobs, growing populations and strong educational options. Great Places 2020 energizes neighborhoods in part because it enables residents to come together and participate in the growth of their community. Read more... Read more

Five New Cities to Receive Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant

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​In partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, each year Southwest Airlines brings placemaking to the cities they serve through this innovative grant program, which highlights the importance of place and encourages communities to take an active part in creating and transforming the public spaces that they love. Selected from a highly competitive pool of over 90 applicants from 60 cities, 2016’s five grant recipients are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. Read more... Read more

One of America’s Most Auto-Centric Cities Ditches the Car

A new greenway alongside Indianapolis' Central Canal. Photo: Visit Indy
​Until five years ago, Indianapolis had less than one mile of bike lanes. Today, traffic lanes have been replaced by tree-lined pedestrian paths crowded with strollers, boats ply the Central Canal, bike lanes follow the curves of the White River and greenways link the farthest-flung areas of the city. It all began in 2010, when the city sold its water and sewer utility to a public trust, reaping a $500 million windfall. They used the money to make the city... Read more

How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City

Photo: Daniel Schwen
In 2010, Indianapolis sold its water and sewer utility to a public charitable trust for $500 million and designated that money for investment in infrastructure projects in a program called RebuildIndy. ​Before 2010, there was less than a mile of bike lanes in Indianapolis. Now, there’s over 90 miles. RebuildIndy built 70 miles of trails, about 900,000 linear feet of sidewalk, nearly 10,000 ADA-compliant access ramps and two roundabouts. It also repaired 119,511 linear feet of alleyways and 89 bridges,... Read more

LadderSTEP

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new technical assistance program – LadderSTEP – that will help seven cities foster sustainable economic development related to planned transportation projects. The USDOT LadderSTEP pilot program will provide Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Richmond with technical assistance to help promote thoughtful planning and economic growth. Learn more... Read more