Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel

NORA 2021 Community Survey Results

On September 26, 2015, the Nora Alliance held its first Nora 2021 meeting and collected dozens of comments on the community’s Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND).  The top ten most cited ideas in each category were used to develop an online survey made available online throughout the month of October. In all, 124 people responded to the online […]

Better Crosswalks Mean a More Walkable Nora

Great crosswalks send the message that people who walk are important. Improving walkability doesn’t always have to mean significant infrastructure investment. An important part of a more walkable Nora is enhancing the pedestrian infrastructure that we already have. This includes maintaining crosswalks that allow pedestrians to safely and comfortably cross busy street traffic. The Nora Alliance recently submitted a request to the Indianapolis […]

PROGRESS: College Avenue Trail

Construction is nearing completion on the College Avenue Trail! The project will provide a safe pedestrian off-street trail along this often congested section of College Avenue between 86th St. and 91st St. that currently has no sidewalks or shoulder. Getting an off-street pedestrian trail or new sidewalks in a community can take years of hard work. Indeed, for the past 3- […]

Nora 2021: Placemaking

At the October Nora 2021 meeting, we were joined by special guest speaker Scott Stulen. Scott is the Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and a resident of Nora. Scott presented an exciting array of projects from Indianapolis and around the country, with particular attention to places that are similar in character to Nora’s suburban […]

Nora 2021: Where Are We Going?

We kicked off the first NORA 2021 event with special guest acting Director of Metropolitan Development Department, City of Indianapolis, Brad Beaubien. Brad is an award-winning certified urban planner with a commitment to community service, a passion for vibrant communities, and a focus on community empowerment, planning and design policy, and plan integration. Brad’s presentation (provided below) was […]

Proposed Development at 86th & Meridian

At 7pm Thursday, October 1, 2015, the development called “Stonecrest” proposed for the southeast corner of 86th St and Meridian will be heard at the regularly scheduled public monthly meeting of the Nora-Northside Community Council, Inc. (NCC) Board of Directors. The meeting is in the Nora Library Auditorium.         This is a high profile proposal because […]

NORA 2021 Event #1 Recap

Many thanks to the crowd that gathered on Saturday morning at the Dean Evans Community & Education Center (WTSC) on Woodfield Crossing and 86th to discuss the future of the Nora community. We hope you came away feeling more informed, engaged and enthusiastic about the future of Nora within the city of Indianapolis. Thanks also to […]

NORA 2021: Vote for Our Community Priorities

   Nora Community Priorities Survey The second half of the meeting participants provided fast-paced input to a community Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND) assessment. That input will feed the planning process and is provided below. We want to know your priorities! Please click the button below and provide YOUR FEEDBACK (a brief survey of 4 questions).   […]

Indy’s Comprehensive Plan and Nora’s Critical Areas

The Indianapolis Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2005, defines several Critical Areas in Washington Township. New development proposals are measured against this plan. Here we zoom-in on Nora, and highlight our three most Critical Areas as defined by that plan.   WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP CRITICAL AREAS Critical Area 1 Location: 86th Street between Meridian Street and College Avenue. Why critical: […]

Nora Keystone Gateway: Preliminary Design #1

This summer community members met with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) for the Nora Alliance’s first meeting to capture public input regarding Nora’s Keystone & 86th Street Gateway. Check out the PRELIMINARY DESIGN provided by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc and CEC, Inc. We’d like to have your input! Items discussed at July 2015 public meeting:  Appearance of […]