Laura Granieri

Laura Granieri graduated from Ball State University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning. Upon graduating, she moved to Indianapolis and accepted a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She currently works as Program Coordinator at Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. Laura is passionate about urban planning and the relationship between people and the cities in which they live. In her free time, she enjoys attending events around downtown Indy. For The Grid, Laura will be writing about the exciting changes happening in Indianapolis as the city focuses on redevelopment projects, a new transportation system, and a downtown comprehensive plan.

A Farewell to The Grid, from Laura Granieri

by Laura Granieri

After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in urban planning and development in May of 2012, I knew that I wanted to relocate from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. When I discovere... Read article

Super Bowl 46 Spurs Development and Change in Indianapolis

by Laura Granieri

In February of 2012, Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl, which is arguably one of the biggest games in American Sports that occurs every year. Residents were confident in the city’s ability to host such an important even... Read article

12 Years Later "How Cities Work" is Still A Must-Read

by Laura Granieri

Though written twelve years ago, "How Cities Work" by Alex Marshall is still highly applicable to cities around the world today. Marshall, a journalist by training, observes cities and shares his findings, oftentimes add... Read article

Using Sports for Urban Planning? How Indianapolis, Indiana Became the 'Amateur Sports Capital of the World’

by Laura Granieri

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters, the National Federal of State High School Associations and several NCAA athletic conferences. This hub of amateur sports associa... Read article

'People for Urban Progress' Repurposes Indianapolis' RCA Dome

by Laura Granieri

People for Urban Progress, or PUP, is an environmentally focused non-profit that began in 2008. At that point, the RCA dome was in the beginning stages of demolition, and two bright innovators had an idea to save the dom... Read article

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements

by Laura Granieri

In the past year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has received attention and support from both native Hoosiers and people across the country. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio have voiced their suppor... Read article

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis' Comprehensive Plan Process

by Laura Granieri

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ grea... Read article

Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments

by Laura Granieri

Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in... Read article

Cultural Districts Offer a Unique Way to Brand Indianapolis Neighborhoods

by Laura Granieri

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to six different cultural districts, which all offer a different scene to residents and visitors. Each district is a neighborhood that has been branded by the buildings, physical features, a... Read article

Indy Connect Plan Looks to Bring More Transit Options to Indianapolis

by Laura Granieri

Indianapolis, Indiana is shaping up to be one of the greatest “little” cities in America. With a population of over 800,000 people, many argue that the only thing holding Indianapolis back from becoming one of the best i... Read article

Indianapolis' Market Days Benefitting Businesses & Community

by Laura Granieri

Market days in Indianapolis, Indiana are unlike no other day.  The iconic sound of the bell signalizes the opening of the market, and the whole block instantly comes alive. From the tantalizing aroma of baked goods, to... Read article

6 City Features that Make Indianapolis Great

by Laura Granieri

Some American cities, though different in shape, size, and culture, share traits that make them great places to live, work, and play. In my four years at Ball State University, I was fortunate enough to travel with my ur... Read article

Bike-Sharing's Coming to Indianapolis

by Laura Granieri

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bicycle and pedestrian path that connects five of the six culture districts in Indianapolis, recently announced that they are bringing a bike-share program to Indianapolis in the... Read article