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2018 HUNI
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  • Thursday, May 3rd
  • Thursday, August 2nd
  • Thursday, November 1st

All meetings are held at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

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Introduction

Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis - or HUNI as it is more commonly known - was formed in 1980 as a gathering place and resource for some of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Indianapolis.

Our website is designed to expand the reach of HUNI to all residents of Indianapolis, as well as to visitors who may have an interest in the historic areas of our city. Here you will find information on many of Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods, all in one place. The HUNI site also contains helpful information for neighborhood associations to support their work, ideas on how to do research on the history of your home or your office building, and activities occurring in Indianapolis' historic neighborhoods.       

 

Profiles in Preservation

Marsh Davis,

Indiana Landmarks President

Julia Pratt, HUNI Editorial Board member and resident of historic Old Speedway City, interviewed Marsh Davis to gain some insight into his views on issues facing historic preservation and his background from a Preservation Intern to President of Indiana Landmarks. Click here for the Marsh Davis interview.

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2018
Indiana Landmarks Center
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Norquist: Urban Freeways & Value of Cities.....
March 3, 2018
Marian University
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Neighbor Power Free Conference.....


For a complete listing of today's events "in progress," and to find additional events in HUNI neighborhoods, central Indiana cities, or national preservation events, please visit the calendar here

Current Issues

I-65/I-70 North Split Expansion & Reconstruction

The I-65/I-70 North Split is being reconstructed in Downtown Indianapolis. INDOT has announced plans that will deeply impact historic neighborhoods and potentially harm our city's beauty, livability, and transport. The current plan will result in more concrete, the loss of trees, more pollution, noise, and a decline in livability and property values along our major downtown freeway thoroughfare.  Observations on relevance & urgency of this project below.

ALL neighborhoods affected by this reconstruction are highly encouraged to share with their residents a link to this updated powerpoint presentation. (If the powerpoint file is too large for your internet to download, each of the following links represent pieces of the original powerpoint presentation showing the impact to the Northside and Eastside areas as well Creative Alternatives and Solutions adopted by Peer Cities.  To download the aforementioned presentations, click on them. Use the back arrow to return to the site to download additional presentations.) To see maps of historic neighborhoods impacted by the North Split reconstruction and expansion, click here.

HUNI's Position Statement

Click on the image below to view and download.

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Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis

The Mayor Weighs In

January 24, 2018

Dear Commissioner McGuinness:

As the Indiana Department of Transportation begins in earnest to address the need for intermediate-term bridge repairs along the north and south splits of I-70 and longer-term accommodations for downtown destinations and thru-city traffic, I urge the state to consider a partnership between the City, INDOT, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization to craft a shared vision for the project that considers community impact and benefits of alternative design options....

Read the rest of Mayor Joe Hogsett's letter to INDOT by clicking on the City's Symbol.

Peer cities' residents have successfully collaborated with their Departments of Transportation to mitigate negative impacts of these essential interstate systems. We are organizing and are insisting on the same consideration from the IDOT and from our government leaders. To preserve our Quality of Life, we believe design alternatives must include the reassessment of long-term transportation and community needs before launching the reconstruction.

Listening to presentations by INDOT? Here's what you need to understand: 

HNTB representatives have said that the INDOT contract for the initial design is to design an above-grade, expanded lanes highway. Those elements are pre-determined for the first 30% of the design-build plans, and are expected to be completed by summer 2018.

FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) generally defers to state transportation planning departments as to project design. The federal government does not dictate that highways be of a certain width or design-style in order to qualify for federal funding. In recent years USDOT, along with HUD, has funded several studies for freeway-to-boulevard conversions. USDOT also has increasingly made funding available for more innovative and progressive transportation design, such as TIFIA financing and through the Center for Innovative Finance Support

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Extremely helpful to the collective effort RIGHT NOW are letters to the Governor and INDOT Commissioner emphasizing the need for an independent panel comprised of representatives from the City of Indianapolis, the State (INDOT) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The panel's suggested goal would be to focus on a broader vision that goes beyond vehicular travel and includes economic development, environmental and social justice considerations that achieve a great vision for Indianapolis and Central Indiana.  Be sure to indicate whether you are directly affected by this project--because of residency, property ownership, or employment in one of the affected neighborhoods and/or downtown. Click here for additional talking points which can be modified to reflect you own voice and concerns as well as for Governor Holcomb's and/or Commissioner McGuinness's address.  

Additionally, if you want to receive timely information on this issue as it becomes available, please sign up for the listserve created by a group of concerned residents, contribute to online discussions and share insights via a specially created Facebook page.  You can also connect with our original online petition asking INDOT to expand the study of critical design issues geared towards reducing the project’s impact on historic and urban neighborhoods, and better suiting the vibrancy of Downtown Indianapolis. 

Need to get up to speed? Here are a few articles on the topic:

July 2013* (*older article but extremely relevant) WordPress Rethinking Highways in American Cities by Peter Park

January 30, 2018 StreetsBlog USA "Indiana INDOT Wants to Double Down on 1960s-Era Urban Highway"

January 19, 2018 IBJ "North-split construction critics want more neighborhood-friendly plan"

INDOT "I-65/I-70 North Split Reconstruction"

September 19, 2017, Indy Star "Massive Reconstruction Planned for North I-65/I-70 North Split"

Summary of relevance and urgency of this project

Are you ready to dig into this issue?  Click here for the I-65/I-70 Project Intent Report (PIR). 

This document is the template for current plan development for the inner loop interstate expansion project which is being implemented incrementally as a series of phased projects. Though discounted as “just a guide,” it is the cornerstone for engineering documents that are at an advanced stage of development. It accurately reflects where the project is headed. The report indicates the overall project extents and probable costs are approximately $671 million, or three times the published North Split cost of approximately $224 million. Note the details of the final segments--from Washington Street south to I-465 and from the South Split west to the Harding Street interchange--are yet to be published. Cost information available to date suggests total project costs could be $1 billion or greater. That same analysis suggests that some portion of $19 million in engineering consultant fees for the North Split segment have already been expended or committed. The incrementally revealed and rapidly advancing overall project thus has the fast approaching momentum of “it’s too late to change” point of no return. HUNI and its collaborative partners fear the incremental public process is unlikely to affect that momentum in other than superficial post-design mitigation measures, such as "beautification," sound barriers, lighting and landscaping.  The time for action is now. Please see ways you can get involved and stay connected in the article above.

Recent News


Donovan Rypkema Speaks in Indy on Nov 30th

National Preservation Guru Rypkema Gives Sneak Peek of Preservation’s Impact on Indy

On November 30th Donovan Rypkema spoke on “The Value and Values of Preservation” at a free lecture at Indiana Landmarks Center. Nationally-recognized for his and his firm’s analytical research on the impacts of historic preservation, Rypkema gave a sneak peek of a recent study on preservation’s impact on Indy’s property values, economic values, cultural values, business values.  The full study will be available early in 2018. “We’re learning and documenting more each year about the multiple ways historic buildings and neighborhoods add value to a city,” noted Rypkema. Indiana Landmarks hired PlaceEconomics to analyze the economic contributions of historic preservation to the City of Indianapolis.

IHPC recognized at November Council Meeting

City County Council recognized the Indiana Historic Preservation Commission on its 50th Anniversary during the November 6 2017 Council meeting. Representatives of HUNI were invited on stage to celebrate the moment with David Baker, retiring Chair of IHPC.

IHPC Concludes 50th Anniversary Celebration 

In honor of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission’s (IHPC) 50th anniversary, the Department of Metropolitan Development launched in 2017 a summer-long social media campaign highlighting each of the IHPC’s 18 historic districts. Each week DMD featured a different district, and a different historical landmark within that district. To see the info, visit HUNI's Facebook or @HUNIindy Twitter feed. 

Here is a link to all of the special events associated with the 50th Anniversary. 

IDEM Announces Indy Ground Water Contamination Investigation

Includes several historic neighborhoods

IDEM sent letters in mid-July notifiying thousands of residents -- including many HUNI Neighborhood -- that their area is being investigated for Ground Water Contamination. The site investigation area is bordered by 35th St. to the north, Holt Rd. to the west, Washington St. to the south, and Central Ave. to the east.

The letter explains "In 2013, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) received notice from Citizens Energy Group (Citizens) that low levels of contaminants had been detected in the “raw,” untreated ground water at certain wells located within its Riverside and White River well fields. Although low levels of contamination were detected in raw water samples from a small number of Citizens’ production wells, testing has confirmed that finished drinking water being delivered by Citizens to homes and businesses meets all Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

On August 17th IDEM hosted an information session on this issue. Click here for a link to the full letter. Click here to be linked to the IDEM site.


Irvington Biking Tour

Irvington & Garfield Park - A note of thanks

In this season of sharing and giving, HUNI extends sincere appreciation to the Irvington and Garfield Park neighborhoods for their participation in developing a new pilot program for historic neighborhood walking and biking tours. Much time and effort went into this project by neighborhood residents as well as Indiana Landmarks' staff. The highly-successful tours were a joint project between Indiana Landmarks and HUNI. Click here for a recap of these tours.

IndyHub Pres Molly Chavers
Chavers speaks at HUNI 4thQ meeting on Indy Hub's mission

IndyHub Featured at Nov. 2nd

 HUNI Quarterly Meeting

HUNI welcomed Molly Chavers to its November 2nd quarterly meeting. Molly is Executive Director of IndyHub–a network, resource, and advocate for Indianapolis’ twenty- and thirty-somethings, providing a space to connect with people, community organizations and the city. IndyHub’s mission is to work to eliminate barriers through a culture of accessibility, regular outreach and relevant programs. Click here for Molly's bio. Click here to learm more about connecting with Indy Hub and its exciting activities for twenty- and thirty-somethings.

 

IndyGo Transit Plan Continuing to Make Progress towards 2019 Opening

Planning work is continuing on IndyGo's mission of expanding service and availability of Mass Transit in Indy. Phase 1 of the Transit Plan calls for the introduction of a new bus rapid transit line (i.e. The Red Line) running from Broad Ripple on the north side to University of Indianapolis on the south side. This new line will provide more frequent service with fewer stops, connecting area residents with more places to work, shop, and experience our great city. 

Phase 2 of the Plan funds transit improvements and expansion for a Blue Line and Purple lines. Here’s a link to more details: http://www.indygo.net/transitplan/ 

If you would like to learn more about IndyGo’s mission to restore, increase, and better transit service throughout the city – visit www.IndyGo.net/redline.

Click here if you'd like a visual overview of the impact of transit on our community and future steps for adopting a strategic Marion County Transit Plan.

Timing for the opening of the Red Line remains 2019 with a bulk of the Line's construction set to start early in 2018. This Line touches a number of Indy's Historic Neighborhoods. HUNI remains supportive of the transformative nature provided by expanded service of public transportation.

The Indiana Album

Do you have old photographs of Indianapolis or other cities and towns in Indiana? The Indiana Album is a nonprofit organization that copies, catalogs, and shares historic images. It seeks photos, postcards, and graphics from all eras of houses, farms, businesses, streetscenes, churches, school, clubs, events, and interesting or influential people.

Contact info@indianaalbum.com if you'd like to schedule a scan-a-thon for your neighborhood. Thanks for helping to preserve Indiana History. 

Watch List Issues


In 2015 Indy's City County Council asked DMD to review digital billboards as part of sign ordinance revamp

DIGITAL BILLBOARDS
Relevant Articles, Updates,
and Background Info

Don't think digital billboards impact you? Watch this video about a Toronto community which allowed digital billboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qlRkg4zFDI  

For previous articles on this topic, please reference the City & State: Digital Billooards page.

MORE INFO...FYI

Downtown Indy

Downtown Indy shares info on a dozen Historic Neighborhoods within its new city map

Downtown Indy recently updated its map of downtown cultural amenities, parks, hotels, and restaurants. The new map features more than a dozen HUNI neighborhoods within the urban core. For additional information on Downtown Indy projects or to access their extensive events database, visit their website. Here's a direct link to the Neighborhood portion of the website.