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Comment Archives: stories: Voices: Girl, in Transit

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

I'm not at all familiar with Indianapolis, so I don't know if Englewood has a corner store (or a few). I bring this up because corner stores can help a neighborhood be more of a neighborhood. It's hard to plan one in the sense that I'm thinking of (and I'm thinking of a specific although not unique one, a 35 second walk door-to-door from my house)- a place where people congregate. There are a number of "regulars" who spend time there everyday, but anyone can stop by anytime without arranging it in advance. This isn't the neighborhood where I grew up, and I'm shy, so unfortunately I don't know the regulars very well, but I've been going to the store in "my" neighborhood about a mile and a half away since I was 8 and feel like a regular there, even if it isn't as much of a gathering spot.
As I said, it's hard to plan that kind of social setting, but it might be something to consider for future events like Better Block.

Posted by Al Clark on 07/08/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Electric Mobility in Indy

Well, let's see. Electric cars are really coal-burning, or worse, nuclear fuel rod burning.

By the time the minerals are mined and shipped all over hell's half acre to make the batteries, a Prius ends up with a larger carbon footprint than a Hummer.

Neither an electric car or a hybrid are as "green" as people want to believe.

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Posted by I walk or pedal on 11/06/2013 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Revitalization

Duh, how simple is that! I bet your 'friend' in sunglasses
and a helmet could change Indy. I nominate him
for mayor. He should contact the Sheriff and Prosecutor
and just mention in passing that he 'solved' the urban
problem that gets billions of government money. All
it takes is a single dude, buying an apt, and renting it out.
How simple is that! Barbara and neighborhood involvement
is very important, for sure.

Posted by roger that on 08/16/2013 at 12:20 PM

Re: “How well do you know your neighbors?

What are the hookers' names?

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Posted by MGR on 06/29/2013 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

A really confidently written article. Your writing has really come into its own. You definitely have found your own voice.

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Posted by Political Season on 06/05/2013 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

The neighborhood is Englewood, Roger. It's a cool little, tight-knit neighborhood. You should make it out for the event to see the work being done. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by Ashley Kimmel on 05/24/2013 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

What is that area? There are many small areas that
are not 'listed' in Indianapolis Monthly 'neighborhoods'
maps. Like Brooklyn Heights.

Posted by roger that on 05/23/2013 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

Roger. Maybe if you actually VISITED Washington and Rural in lieu of Google mapping it, you would see that it is a thriving pocket with a strong neighborhood base. That is why this is happening there - and not 'closer' as you suggested. I hope that you come out to see this first hand.

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Posted by jlofton on 05/22/2013 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Better Block: Real time urban renewal

I just google mapped the area, it is pretty much a
no man's land. Shuttered buildings, empty lots. And it
seems to far east. Perhaps developing a block that is closer to
downtown and then going east might be better. The area
at S. Arsenal and E. Washington street for example has
some activity already, Zone's closet, a laundry mat, Auto zone,
and could be a micro center of development, then push East.
There is hardly anything at Rural/Washington St.
it is an interesting idea tho, and I like bottom up development,
but local folks don't have the capital to make big things work.

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Posted by roger that on 05/22/2013 at 11:56 AM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

Gas taxes and wheel, plate, driver's license etc pays for
some 65% of roads and repairs.
Some 16% of that tax goes to mass transit.
Your welcome!!!!
High speed rail in Indy? What are you smoking. The
Acela high speed rail between NYC and Boston is where millions ! of people live and barely breaks even.
Get on the clue train. Geeeez
Look up critical mass and get on the clue bus.
A mega-bus is the best answer for now as it is flexible, much much cheaper, and not funded by the tax payer.
Quit trying to get tax payers to pay for your fantasies.

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Posted by roger that on 05/18/2013 at 11:14 AM

Re: “No free rides at IndyGo

Dear Miss bus you know why everyone prefers cars.
You are on the bus alright...just not the clue bus.

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Posted by r on 05/18/2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: “No free rides at IndyGo

Really magnetizing writing. I'm on the edge of my seat.

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Posted by Michael Rousseau on 05/16/2013 at 6:49 PM

Re: “No free rides at IndyGo

Yeah, I am wondering why the bus driver doesn't just call the cops and refuse to drive. One arrest would nip this in the bud forever...

Oh, wait, I just figured it out: He doesn't have any union protections and is concerned he'd be fired for doing the right thing, since this person might turn out to be deranged, homeless, or connected to somebody in the Carson clan.

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Posted by Thorvington Finglethorpe on 05/15/2013 at 3:06 PM

Re: “No free rides at IndyGo

Police should be called and she should be bodily thrown off the bus. No wonder more people won't ride it.

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Posted by Northside Joe on 05/13/2013 at 5:07 PM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

Amber, Seriously? "when it is a moving destination like Denver, Louisville or Boston.", oh my. You really think Louisville is a destination market. Wow.

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Posted by Gary Bo on 05/02/2013 at 10:15 AM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

This Boston born Transplant absolutely adores my new(7 years now) hometown?

I love your realization that you can be the change. I grew up not thinking about Indianapolis in any regard, but since moving here I've come to realize that Indy may indeed be the perfect city for those of us who move beyond dreaming (and complaining).

It's also safe to say that there are dozens of people back in Boston who have no choice but to think of Indy in a positive way because I don't stop touting its benefits.

Whatever your dream happens to be, it's good to see another one of us making it a reality.

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Posted by Philip Lavoie on 04/30/2013 at 4:04 AM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

I would just like to address the person who posted as Matthew Tully above. Texas is in talks right now to develop high speed rail to connect several cities within the state. Indianapolis could do a similar thing by connecting Carmel, Fishers, Beech Grove, etc.

Also, Dallas has spent millions expanding their 635 bypass which has caused numerous business to shut down and numerous hours lost because of stand still traffic. The project, when finished, will have taken at least 5 years.

Finally, companies left Marion County primarily because those companies had to make cutbacks due to poor business decisions at the their headquarters (which were not located in Indianapolis).

You're a fool who only instigates problems instead of solving them.

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Posted by Ben Fredricks on 04/29/2013 at 12:43 PM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

I'm pretty sure I recently read that many millions have been spent over numerous decades to see if mass transit was even feasible in Indy. That tells you all you need to know right there. While other cities/countries go out and DO IT, Indy sits idly by wondering if it can be done, whilst wasting precious monies. Indy doesn't need mass transit, it needs industry.

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Posted by Michael Rousseau on 04/28/2013 at 6:13 AM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

I appreciate you reading anyway, Michael. And taking the time to comment. And thanks to everyone else, too. This has been an interesting comment feed to read and has brought a lot of discussion and attention to the article.

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Posted by Ashley Kimmel on 04/27/2013 at 2:42 PM

Re: “I love Indianapolis

Who's bullying...her writing sucks and isn't the least bit interesting.

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Posted by Michael Rousseau on 04/27/2013 at 6:07 AM


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