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People for Urban Progress

1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 213

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(We're located on the 2nd Floor of the Murphy Building in Fountain Square)

PUP celebrates 5 years of urban progress


Join PUP as we celebrate 5 years of accomplishments and announce plans for the next 5 years. Individuals and companies are encouraged to support the organization through product sales and PUPstop sponsorships.

PUP is primarily supported through product sales. We work with local designers to repurpose this resource as locally made products including our wallets and handbags. The money raised from the sale of these goods go toward community projects, including the PUPstop program. The effort, the salvage of old Bush Stadium seats, is in partnership with IndyGo. Some of these seats are being refurbished and installed at bus stops throughout Indianapolis.

Those familiar with the PUP product line can expect new items this season including The Clerk, a new ladies handbag that can be carried 6 different ways (Retail $95), and The Commissioner weekender bag (Retail $165).

We will be celebrating alongside the Do317 Lounge next door. Expect:

- MOKB Sun King Concert Series Free First Friday Show begins at 8 pm w/ Ezra Furman, Shannon LaBrie and Daniel Romano
- Movember Launch
- Sun King's Movember Beer Tapping
- Live shaves by Chad's Barber Shop and barber chairs on-site

Brought to you by:
Do317.com | Sun King Brewery | Movember Indy | Chad's Barber Shop | Kolman Dental | New Day Meadery | IndyGo | The Art Press | Just Pop In! | Pabst Blue Ribbon | Cash & Carry 

Bush Stadium Seat Salvage

We partnered with IndyGo, Ecolaborative, and Indianapolis Fabrications to develop the Bush Stadium Seat Salvage project. 

Our goal is to install the seats throughout the city, at bus stops and public spaces.

2013 Indiana Innovation Award Winner: People for Urban Progress

2013 Indiana Innovation Award Winner: People For Urban Progress from Engage Video on Vimeo.

Centric Indy interviews Michael Bricker and Ryan Gallagher on the PUPstop project.


PUPstop program wins Innovation Award

Last week, the PUP and IndyGo collaboration to salvage historic Bush Stadium seating and repurpose as benches at bus stops, known as the PUPstop program, won an Indiana Innovation Award. The awards program is the centerpiece of the Day of Innovation hosted by Centric Indy, a local coalition with a mission to elevate Indianapolis as a globally recognized center for innovation.

“The collaboration with PUP on the stadium seating project is a model for innovation in the public sector,” said Samantha Cross, IndyGo vice president of business development. “We hope it inspires others to take a fresh look at public spaces, infrastructure and collaboration.”

In order to make even more of an impact on transit stops in Indianapolis, IndyGo and PUP have created the program with a cost-sharing component whereby local businesses, community groups and even individuals can sponsor PUPstops. Thanks to cost sharing, within the next few months IndyGo will have placed nearly 20 PUPstops around the city.

The IndyGo staff will determine site eligibility for upgrade to a PUPstop and will work with program participants to negotiate a donation to cover an appropriate share of site costs. Donations to endow PUPstops will range from $850 to $1700. To request a PUPstop or to learn more about the program, visit www.IndyGo.net/PUPstops.

For Full Press Release visit indygo.net


Brand new PUP gear launches this FIRST FRIDAY at PUP HQ!

Check out the COMMISSIONER and the CLERK dome bags. Plus, new hoodies, sweatshirts, and baseball tees.

First Friday, 7-10pm, Studio 213, Murphy Building. 


PUP visits FREITAG in Zurich.

Michael, Jessica, and Liz have just returned from a trip to Zurich where PUP had a chance to meet with the core team at FRIETAG (an inspired company that designs and builds products from truck tarplins). We traded ideas, learned some things, and are eager to get back to work at PUP HQ. 

RCA Dome Shade Structure Complete at Butler University's Campus Farm

In July 2011, the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) at Butler University was awarded a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to expand both the physical space and the educational programming associated with the Butler Campus Farm. The CUE runs the farm, exists to explore, steward, and enhance urban ecosystems with a vision of becoming a national leader in the study and practice of urban ecology. It was the desire of the CUE to build a pavilion for the farm that would not only serve the farm’s day-to-day working needs but to have a shelter that would be an educational outreach center for Butler University and the community at large. In addition, the design of the pavilion needed to have a goal of 100% recycled content and express a landmark, and to be demonstrative in its educational/research purpose of the CUE.

Aware of the reclaimed RCA Dome material, Tim Carter, the CUE's Executive Director, partnered with People for Urban Progress to help develop the idea for the pavilion utilizing the RCA Dome material as the roof of the pavilion. Working with local architect Paul Puzzello, a design solution was created based on the shape created by the intersection of two circles with the same diameter, seen in medieval art, architecture, and crop circles. The roof design was conceived using digital modeling techniques for both the structure and to pattern the RCA Dome material’s complex shape.

Community Volunteer Day Coming Up

Community Volunteer Day coming up on Saturday, July 13 from 1-4 p.m., and we would love to have you participate. We will be at Indianapolis Fabrications, and we need help processing RCA Dome and Super Bowl materials so that they can be transformed into products and projects for our city.
If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP here: http://pupcommunityday.eventbrite.com/ 

Introducing, The Cool Bus

Word on the Street submitted an idea to PUP hosted #MAKE5x5: Indianapolis arts and innovation contest to convert an old school bus into a literary art center with a budget of $10,000 and a time frame of 11 weeks. Here's their story. Introducing, The Cool Bus.

5X5 / Cool Bus from People For Urban Progress on Vimeo.

The debut of The Cool Bus took place on June 28 at IndyHub hosted 5x5: Indianapolis arts and innovation with the theme "Face Your City: an urban love affair" where Malina Jeffers walked away with $10,000 to make her idea happen: I am an Artist.

There's one more opportunity to win $10,000 to MAKE It Happen. The final chapter in this year's 5x5 series takes place at Harrison Center for the Arts on Friday, September 6 with the theme: "Connect Your City." Accepting submissions now through Wed, July 31.


Indy Bike Polo Project

On May 25, 2013 we helped Indy Bike Polo in Arsenal Park by wrapping our Super Bowl fabric around their home courts.  Through this project, PUP and Indy Bike Polo have made this park part of the community again by making the park more appealing to visit.