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Strong Indy Weekly Update – October 1, 2018

Good day, everyone!

Strong Indy is going to start something known as the weekly update. Here, you can find the latest news as it relates to urban issues in Indianapolis, Strong Indy, Strong Towns, CNU-Midwest, and others.

Updates for October 1 – October 7, 2018

  1. October’s Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission hearing docket is now available.
  2. The Congress for New Urbanism – Midwest is calling for presentations! Submit your proposal by October 15th for CNU27 in Louisville, KY. More information on submitting proposals can be found on CNU’s website.
  3.  Strong Indy is seeking to create committees in the following topics: Housing/Equity/Inclusivity, Transportation, and Land Use/Urban Design. If you’re interested in joining any of these committees, please reach out to the moderators via the Strong Indy Facebook page.
  4. IndyGo’s Red Line is moving forward! Keep track of progress on the transit agency’s website.
  5. CNU’s latest edition of Public Square is now available with lots of new reading material!
  6. IMPORTANT: IndyMoves and the Marion County Land Use Plan are now both available for public comment. Comments may be provided via the DMD Civic Comment portal.

 

 

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The Best Economic Development Policy? Investing in Us.

There has been quite a bit of chatter recently about “big ideas” to change Indianapolis and take us to the “next level.” Not all of these ideas are necessarily bad (making Monument Circle more amenable to pedestrians would be great), but these often come in the form of flashy projects, like an “iconic” architectural feature unique to Indianapolis (which we already have), more stadiums, or other Downtown-based entertainment experiences. But these projects aren’t for Indianapolitans. They’re not even really for out-of-town tourists. They’re for the occasional visitor from the suburbs who wants to visit the city for a night out.

The harsh reality is that we have treated the few walkable neighborhoods with living commercial centers we have left (the ones that weren’t devastated by urban renewal, highways-as-“slum”-clearance, and land use/housing policies that pushed the middle class to the suburbs) as entertainment districts, not functional neighborhoods (keep an eye out for a post on the “Disneyland Effect” in the near future).

If we want to creating a city worth visiting, then we need to create a city worth living in; not the other way around. Indianapolis doesn’t need big, expensive, bold ideas that create a one-time “wow” factor. We need investments in us and for us to create vibrant neighborhoods that have something new to explore around every corner. Modest, targeted investments in our struggling neighborhoods to inspire walkability, bikability, accessibility, housing, public arts (CreateIndy is a good step in that direction), and long-term affordability for small businesses in neighborhood commercial districts should be our strategy.

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Strong Indy Meetup Time!

IT’S STRONG INDY MEETUP TIME!!! 😀
It has been a while since we had an official Strong Indy meetup. The transition into CNU-Midwest has taken some time but now it’s time to get things going again. Join us as we talk about some upcoming events, ideas, and current issues in Indianapolis.

A BIG thank you is due to Health by Design for hosting us this month! We hope to see you all there!

 

Please join us on September 19th at 7:00 PM at Health by Design!

Address: 615 N Alabama St #426, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Strong Indy is now Strong Indy – A Sub-Chapter of CNU: Midwest!

We have some exciting news! Strong Indy is now a sub-chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism – Midwest! This is a big step for Strong Indy as it sets a strong partnership with an established organization, allows us to hold fundraisers, and holds us accountable for future events and set goals. Things are still being touched up on the new website, such as a functionality that will allow Strong Indy members to receive newsletters, but that’s coming!

Keep an eye out for cross-posting from CNU-Midwest relating to events both here and in nearby cities. We’re excited about this new chapter in Strong Indy’s future and we hope you are as well. As part of our new partnership, we highly encourage Strong Indy members to join the Congress or New Urbanism – Midwest and identify their location as Indianapolis. This helps CNU and Strong Indy! If you would like to register with CNU-Midwest, you may visit their registration site. However, this is totally optional. Strong Indy still is, and will remain, an organization that is open to everyone of all walks of life and socioeconomic status.

 

 

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New Strong Indy site!

We’re working on moving the Strong Indy website to a new web hosting provider. So this page will stay in its place until we are able to get the site sufficiently moved over. In the meantime, please continue to check out our very active Facebook group as well as follow us on Twitter.

In the meantime, keep doing what you can to make Indy stronger!

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