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Old 04-21-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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How tall is it supposed to be? Even if it is just a hospital we need more high rises.
Why do we need more high-rises?
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Why do we need more high-rises?
Sorry for the technicality, I didn't know my choice of words would be a big deal. I guess I mean that the Indianapolis skyline isn't very impressive as it is now. It would add a lot to the landscape of the city if the skyline could be expanded. It also would help Indy lose the vibe of just being a "small" large city.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Sorry for the technicality, I didn't know my choice of words would be a big deal. I guess I mean that the Indianapolis skyline isn't very impressive as it is now. It would add a lot to the landscape of the city if the skyline could be expanded. It also would help Indy lose the vibe of just being a "small" large city.
Some of the greatest, most powerful cities in the world lack an impressive skyline (D.C., London and Paris come to mind). Leave the skyline battles to the city vs. city forum. They mean nothing. There's nothing wrong with Indy being a low-to-midrise city. It's better to concentrate on Indy having quality infill, stable neighborhoods and developing a good transportation infrastructure that includes decent mass transit.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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How tall is the Clarian Tower supposed to be? Would be nice to see some new high rises downtown when I drive thru indy to see my folks.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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How tall is the Clarian Tower supposed to be? Would be nice to see some new high rises downtown when I drive thru indy to see my folks.

6-8 floors, not a high rise at all the IBJ, but it fits for that area.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Hither and thither
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This new building is just huge, in a tall, rectangle shape, and since there really isn't anything that tall right across the block, I think it makes it stand out a lot more than the gold building. Unfortunately that area is landlocked for any other tall building to be built, so it is going to be an oddity for sometime to come.

I agree with the first sentence--it definitely stands out from the rest of the skyline. But this is in part why Indy's skyline seems so undernourished compared to other cities; most of the tall buildings are only clustered around about six blocks, centered on Ohio Street.

But I don't think the area is landlocked or inhibited from new buildings going up. There are plenty of parking lots throughout the area that would always be better suited to some other, more vertical use. And the grassy space at the SE corner of West and Washington is unused--plenty of room there for a hotel, or at least something with retail on the ground floor. If Indy real estate were of higher value, most of these would have already been turned into something other than surface parking lots. But because we have historically emphasized decentralized growth and suburban living at the expense of downtown, Indy's downtown skyline remains underwhelming.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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How tall is the Clarian Tower supposed to be? Would be nice to see some new high rises downtown when I drive thru indy to see my folks.

6-8 floors, not a high rise at all the IBJ, but it fits for that area.
According to the Indianapolis Star, 14 floors.

The Methodist tower is interesting because it could serve as a catalyst for the Midtown "skyline". That stretch of Meridian from 38th down to 11th Street is essentially the city's second central business district.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:36 AM
 
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If Indy real estate were of higher value, most of these would have already been turned into something other than surface parking lots. But because we have historically emphasized decentralized growth and suburban living at the expense of downtown, Indy's downtown skyline remains underwhelming.
My understanding is that Indy's own rules over the years helped minimize the downtown core. The first rule was no building taller than the monument. When we finally discovered that in order to keep jobs downtown, we needed more space, that rule was done away with. However, I heard that folks who ran Indy back then wanted _only_ the small, central core of downtown to have skyscrapers, so there was some sort of rule about building taller buildings in the downtown area. I know IUPUI had some sort of rule, written or not, I dunno, about parking garages. While they knew they would need some parking garages, the powers to be back then would never let them build a parking garage higher than any of the campus buildings. Back then, the hotel didn't count, they were more comparing the height with other buildings, which are three to five stories tall, with the height of each story varying from building to building. We also have Riley Tower going up, as well as the Methodist Tower. The IUPUI master plan calls for a large tower in the middle of campus, and the master planners said IUPUI has no choice but to build up and right to the sidewalks at that.

While I have no idea if these rules were actually in existence or not, but it could be the reason why there are so many three to ten story buildings up on the north side at Keystone at the Crossing and Carmel. Imagine all those buildings surrounding the downtown skyscrapers, Indy's skyline would look a lot more urban than it does now.
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