the Mass Ave mobility nodel for branded small transit


Time to reclaim downtown streets for people. Small autonomous vehicle circulators would allow us to use the public right-of-way for people instead of parking.  Urban mobility: leverages public systems and spaces for diversity of experience and economic opportunity integrates small/smart transit and distributed parking systems to create linear placemaking and extended walkability supports the vital arts, entertainment and retail environments of downtown with a moving experience What if you could hop on a smart, autonomous vehicle shuttle to go to dinner, on to theater, back for an after-dinner drink, home or Red-Line connection, or your commuter parking or carshare station? The public right-of-way of Mass Ave is currently a virtual parking lot while the sidewalks are uncomfortably narrow. Dead zones exist between walkable districts. What if that were re-imagined with a vehicle fleet crawling the avenue, shifting the spatial balance from cars to people? Mobility as experience. The experience integrated with the identity of place. Walkable districts joined to other walkable districts for a extended walkable downtown. Let’s try it create a public/private partnership to develop and manage a fleet of ubiquitous people movers and its integrated distributed parking resources. Park once, if at all. test it in a controlled urban […]

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Indiana Approach Experience

Click here to download The Indiana Approach Experience: a Context Sensitive Solutions planning document. This Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) report was an exploration of ideas during INDOT’s early planning for the Indiana segment of the Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges East End Approach Project. Its purpose was to generate concepts and ideas, at a non-cost constrained initial level, in support of CSS program fulfillment for this new terrain interstate approach to a new Ohio River Bridge. Programmatic considerations address roadway elements, bridge elements, noise barriers, landscape and landforms, a multi-use trail system, and the Old Salem Road interchange. Additional ideas addressed multimodal connectivity for corridor-proximate communities, and means to support long term sustainability of the proposed enhancements. The $763M project was subsequently developed and successfully implemented through a competitive P3 procurement process that attracted proposals from multiple international consortia. SKA was a invited to join the design team of a consortium that was a runner up to the successful proposal, so was unable to pursue the ideas.  Some elements such as the multi-use trail and special fencing were incorporated into the final design, while some more expressive elements dropped out. Prepared by Storrow Kinsella Associates Inc as CSS sub-consultant to […]

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Columbus, IN National Historic Landmark Theme Study

Columbus, Indiana National Historic Landmarks Theme Study

Columbus, Indiana National Historic Landmark Theme Study for Modernism in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design and Art, Bartholomew County, Indiana 1942 – 1999   storrow kinsella associates led the effort to research and develop the Columbus, Indiana National Historic Landmark Theme Study. Two major contexts were developed: Patronage in Public Architecture in Bartholomew County, 1957 – 1965 Modernist Architecture, Landscape Architecture Design, and Art in Bartholomew County

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Indianapolis Multimodal System Plan

Indianapolis Regional Center Multimodal System PlanThis complete streets/multimodal system plan for the Indianapolis Regional Center provides policy guidance to integrate and balance traditional and multimodal (or alternative) transportation facilities with existing and desired land use patterns.  A complete streets|multimodal system incorporates walking, bicycling and transit access within an optimized transportation network to support placemaking and enhance quality of life within districts and along their connecting corridors. Multimodal corridors accommodate multiple modes and scales of transportation. Their streetscape characteristics guide development towards improved transportation choice and economic performance of adjacent land uses.Storrow Kinsella Associates worked with the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to develop this plan for the Regional Center as a place-specific application of the MPO’s regional multimodal transportation planning agenda. It’s antecedents are a series of studies developed by Storrow Kinsella for the MPO: The Glendale Special Neighborhood Study, the eight county Indianapolis Regional Pedestrian Plan, the Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines (a subset of the Regional Center 2010 Plan) and applications of those plans’ principles for the cities of Carmel and Beech Grove, and for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.This plan advances the District Nodes and Corridors concept, and its walkability and placemaking foundation, as a specific application of those seminal works.The Regional Center Multimodal System Plan views the regional center area as a collection of interconnected […]

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Carmel (Indiana) Multimodal System Plan

Carmel (Indiana) Multimodal System PlanThis complete streets/multimodal system plan is a community-based, smart transportation plan providing policy guidance to integrate and balance traditional and multimodal transportation facilities with both existing and desired land use patterns, and supporting sustainable development and improved quality of life. A complete streets|multimodal system incorporates walking, bicycling and transit access within an idealized transportation network that supports placemaking within districts and along their connecting corridors.Storrow Kinsella Associates worked with the City of Carmel and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to enhance thoroughfare and smart growth planning in Carmel. This work is an extension of the MPO’s regional multimodal planning mission.The Multimodal System Plan for the City of Carmel proposes the development of a transportation system that promotes greater use of walking, biking and transit, and that identifies key district nodes to reinforce transit-supportive development, improve active living and intensify green infrastructure.Multimodal corridors are defined as corridors that accommodate these multiple modes of transportation and recommend specific streetscape characteristics to improve transportation options. They promote the economic performance of adjacent land uses.This transportation system reinforces Carmel’s district nodes (places) as destinations. Local transit circulators that link to a regional transit system, with stops served by taxis, parking, bike […]

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Hope Downtown Revitalization Plan (Final)

Downtown Hope Revitalization Plan

08/29/2017The  Downtown Revitalization Plan for Hope, Indiana was approved by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) on August 16, 2017.  A collection of community ideas to guide the activation and revitalization of the Hope Town Square, the ten-year plan is an adaptable, living document that responds to changing conditions. It establishes strategies and ideas that can be incrementally pursued as opportunities develop over time.   The plan’s recommendations are a combination of policy, programs and capital investment. Successful revitalization is continuous, but incremental, and should adapt to opportunities and constraints that are difficult to predict and control over the life of the plan. Therefore the recommendations and choices presented in the plan are expected to be periodically adjusted and fine-tuned as they move forward into implementation. Achieving revitalization that is sustainable and appropriate for Hope is based on guiding principles and their objectives. They can be summarized as follows: Celebrate Hope’s heritage and values. Focus on the Town Square to make it more effective and sustainable. Invest in district safety, connectivity and streetscape enhancement. Repopulate downtown with residents and employers, and increase the number of visitors.

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Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan - Logo

The Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan

Wabash River Scenic Byway Management PlanThe Wabash River Scenic Byway Management Plan guides and recommends policy for the 16-mile long Wabash River corridor through Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The plan integrates roadway design, wayfinding, and land stewardship under the grand theme of the river’s 2.5 million year history. This interpretive lens melds geology, archaeology, anthropology, geopolitics and ecology as defining aspects of place. It guides ongoing management collaboration across multiple agencies and disciplines towards that unifying sense of place.The plan represents a logical progression in a series of focused and interrelated efforts by the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation to enhance, protect, and preserve the rich natural and cultural heritage and intrinsic qualities of the Wabash River. This free flowing river meanders through Tippecanoe County, past the cities of Lafayette on the left bank and West Lafayette on the right bank, and upstream and downstream from them through neighboring counties.The plan specifically addresses the principal public roadway bordering the river and its floodplain, North and South River Road, and the latter’s Westward or downriver extension as Division Road. The road’s relationship to the river is obvious when viewed from the heights of satellite imagery, but less apparent to Byway travelers today, whether commuters or visitors, whose […]

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Indianapolis Proposed Park and Boulevard System Map, 1910, George Kessler

Indianapolis Historic Park and Boulevard National Register Listing

National Register of Historic Places for the Indianapolis Park and Boulevard SystemThe Indianapolis Park and Boulevard System was largely created between 1908 and 1923 by its principal planner and landscape architect, George E. Kessler. The Indianapolis Commercial Club commissioned Kessler to prepare the plan, which merged beauty and function resulting in the first automobile-based transportation plan, flood control for the rivers and creeks, and designed and connected the city park system. The plan shaped the City of Indianapolis and laid the foundation for its future growth. StrategiesAs we studied the historic park and boulevard plan, we realized the visionary genius of George Kessler and how relevant his work was to contemporary planning and design work, including:Healthy lifestyles: The Kessler parkways and boulevards were designed for two types of travel. The wide curvilinear, tree-lined driving lanes and separated, tree-lined pedestrian promenades. The experience of the route, including views to natural features, open, green spaces and groupings of trees and shrubs, rather than efficient and direct point-to-point travel is the character of the historic parkway.Increased property values: Beauty is important. “Careful attention should be given to the park beauty, and sanitation to present the most attractive condition for the building of new homes.”Efficiency: “The result […]

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Virginia Statewide Multimodal Guidelines

Virginia Multimodal Guidelines

Virginia Statewide Guidelines for Multimodal Planning and Design SKA was an adviser and peer reviewer during the 18-month development of Virginia’s statewide guidelines for multimodal planning and design. Our participation was based on having produced a series of multimodal planning documents for the Indianapolis eight-county region. The Indianapolis Regional Center Multimodal System Plan and its supporting Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines were cited as Best Practice references for Virginia’s process. Production of the Virginia guidelines was managed by Transit Planning Manager, Amy Inman, and the document was produced by the Renaissance Planning Group.  Abstract The following abstract is from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation: “The Multimodal System Design Guidelines provide a holistic framework for multimodal planning with a step-by-step process of identifying centers of activity, designating connected networks for all travel modes, and designing and retrofitting specific corridors that fit with the surrounding context. This process can be applied to the full range of contexts throughout Virginia to plan connected regional transportation networks to serve all travel modes.” The Multimodal System Design Guidelines provide a holistic framework for multimodal planning with a step-by-step process of identifying centers of activity, designating connected networks for all travel […]

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