#ThursdayDoors — Nitty Gritty City Stuff

Although I’ve lived all over Indianapolis, I’m a northeast side girl at heart. For whatever reason, I seem to gravitate toward the northeast side of downtown, too. Very Mass Ave, Veterans Park, library, Near Northside sorta person, I spose. Wanting to move beyond my comfort zone, I attempted to door on the southwest side of downtown. I had dreams of walking through Military Park, capturing Madame Walker Theatre and residential doors from a sweet little neighborhood off West Street BUT THERE IS NO FREE STREET PARKING THERE.
I shot several venues for other doors posts, and for those doors I still truly desire, I will devise another plan. For I am Joey and determined to door!


Today I bring you doors and views from west and often south of the circle.


that tower is union station. that crane was there all day, although i never found it.


broken window at union station


caution watch for falling snow — prolly not when it’s 84


we were afraid this guy had never read stephen king’s it


excuse me, sir, could you please pour some free street parking?


shade, i love you, shade


even the young people were diggin the windows


sadie thought this place smelled too good to pass by


tags and wow on the mail slot placement, huh?


mind your own business or at least watch your step


and finally, my personal favorite

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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47 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Nitty Gritty City Stuff

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Kind of a trippy selection of cool photos here. That low mail slot in the door baffles me, but who am I to question the ways of the USPS?

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  2. That last door. with bars. Must be a story there ?

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  3. jesh stg says:

    Guess you found a new verb: to door:) About that next to last door: I would be the one to fall out of!

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  4. You were out and about and caught a wide selection of doors including a few cranes for Dan. I’m sure he’s appreciative. Seeing that you mentioned free parking, I should note we went to Portsmouth today and paid $2 per hour for parking. It irks me every time, but what are you going to do with your car if you want to go have lunch besides park it in one of their gold plated parking spots. πŸ™‚

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    • joey says:

      Same. Parking on weekends is free at the meters, but there’s a legit scarcity of meters in this particular section. I certainly wasn’t up for paying $10 at the garages.
      I hope you had a nice lunch πŸ™‚

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  5. I like that last door too, but that one jut before it was a bit odd. Who has doors without a step up or anything?? I would break my neck if I lived there!

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    The broken window almost looks like a bullet hole. Nitty gritty for sure.

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  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, such a blue sky in those first few photos! Did you touch them up or was it really that lovely?

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    I like your fav but I also like the other one they has a gate, the one with all the β€˜no this or thst’ sign.

    I really like the arched window at union station. The brick arch is very cool.

    I hope that guy pours you some free parking.

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  9. Benson says:

    Gritty is right. Nice collection of doors. I love that bar door. All of that different brick and color and texture. Wow. I also like that high step door with the different paint. It looks like an after thought. I tell when you go downtown the bus is the way.

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    • joey says:

      When I parked in the vague ‘there are no lines here’ section of meters in front of the bleedin post office, I DID think of your frequent bus suggestion, Benson.
      I’m glad you liked this set πŸ™‚

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  10. I love the mixture of brick and stone on that lovely arched doorway, Joey.

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  11. loisajay says:

    Oh, the window at Union Square…I would so love the story on that one. Great doors, Joey. Especially the graffiti’d one. Mailman must have loved going there every day. Wonder if he delivered ‘Ladies Home Journal’ to that address?

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    • joey says:

      Union Station was the first train station in THE WORLD — 1853.
      I can only imagine the mail carrier is annoyed by the low slot, no matter what’s delivered! Glad you like this set πŸ™‚

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  12. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great post with a terrific title to match the content. Those last two are my faves, and I suspect they did not pour you any free parking – cities rarely do. Extra revenue without having to raise taxes is all the rage in urban areas these day πŸ˜‰

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    • joey says:

      Glad you appreciate both title and content πŸ™‚ We have free parking at meters on weekends, but there’s a legit scarcity of meters over in that area! I’m glad for the revenue, but it was a long walk in the heat! πŸ˜›

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  13. What happens in It that that guy shoulda known? I don’t know! I read one Stephen King book and that was that. That book was Salem. I saw the movie Misery, and some of Christine. I’m not that much of a S.K. fan.

    Loved, loved, loved your caption about pouring you some free parking! I cracked up…OUT LOUD!

    I like that last door too with all that brick, and some of it covered in Ceemint and exposed. I liked that part the best. I was thinking Oh, thars some macro opportunities right there, and under that crusty, rusty, riveted, shady spot too. What is that white/grayish crusty stuff? Is it safe to go under that?

    I like the old arched green trimmed window too. Too bad the window hasn’t been fixed.

    Great walk “doorin” today! I hope you find free parking so you can “door” the other side of town.

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    • joey says:

      I’m glad you liked so much of it, Deborah!
      It’s so funny to me, I had to go look at the white grayish stuff to see what you meant — and it’s limescale, and yes, it’s safe. Lime coats everything here, cause limestone. It’s a sorta regional thing we don’t even think about. Hard water, Indiana limestone, a given, so it’s good to have your perspective. So many of the bridges are old and in need of repair, we may need to thank the limescale for holding it together like mortar! lol
      It is a pity about the window, I agree.
      That’s what I love so much about that door, is the surrounding brick and cement texture. Really sets up the shot.
      It lives in the sewers. It is terrifying. I read a lot of Stephen King when I was young. That one stays with you.

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      • Limestone! Well if it helps hold up the pillars of iron walk on! πŸ™‚

        Do you go through filters for your ice maker, and drinking water like crazy because of the limestone?

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        • joey says:

          People do, yes, but we buy ice and we drink tap water. Lime isn’t harmful to people but it’s hard on our facilities and appliances. :/ Coffee pots, water heaters, toilets, shower heads… Sigh.
          Down south, no lime, but rust. Much softer water though.

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          • We have softer water, but there are minerals in it…and rust! We’re on our 3rd hot water heater! We’re probably about due for another one. 😦

            We don’t drink the tap water at home, or use it in my electric kettle or pots. I don’t like the mineral stains.

            My curly hair LOVES soft water, and the humidity of Hawaii. You know if it weren’t so expensive to live there I move there just cause my curly hair loves it! I had 5. 5 great hair days in a row there! In my whole life I can count the good hair days on two hands.

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  14. No free parking??? That does it for me! I HATE paying for parking and really hate paying a lot. I haven’t read “IT”, but I do know why they obviously didn’t. πŸ™‚


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  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    Definitely the grittier side of the city. These doors seem so … uninviting. They are clearly not shouting ‘welcome’.

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  16. I know this is supposed to be a post about doors, but that first photo of the shoe is my favorite πŸ™‚


  17. I had to pause a moment at the caption about good smells. I scanned the picture and could not for the life of me figure what your daughter would find so appealing… I forgot that Sadie was a pup.

    Ah, to door, perchance to dream…


  18. I love it how the first photo is of an (excellent) window, but if you didn’t clarify, I’d take it for a door. I suggest either to, you know, walk, but in case Americans can’t do that, get a sticker “Italian on board” and then stop by the side of the road whenever you see a nice door. If anybody asks, explain that you had to stop because you needed both hands to explain. (I’ve seen it done! It’s not a myth!)


  19. prior.. says:

    your personal fav could be a story prompt.
    and Janet’s green door this week also had a low mail slot (just left her place and actually noted that – and then see it here – do you know they made it so low???)
    and laughing at this:
    For I am Joey and determined to door!
    also – don’t know “It” so I missed the joke, but liked the pour the free street park.
    which ties into my vibe leaving the post.
    such a nice city feel – with the older structures -buildings, etc.
    leading us in with the sneaker – right on
    and the “watch for falling snow” photo has all these cool lines and if I was teaching art – I would use a photo like that for kids to connect “mat in art” and then maybe practice drawing depth.
    the street lights on left pull you in and the shape of those old lights can be found in the overpass thing….


  20. Tara says:

    Shade is magnificent. It’s summer here in Pennsylvania again, too. Dammit. πŸ™‚

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  21. JoAnna says:

    I like your favorite. Very sturdy with lots of texture. But I imagine a whole nother world inside with plants and sunlight coming from who knows where.

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  22. That last door is my favorite as well. I have the hardest time going downtown on weekdays because I can’t stand to pay for parking. There are a number of free lots and garages on the weekend days so I usually wait until then. Interesting finds on the mail slot door and that one with “missing” steps. πŸ™‚ I had to retrieve a soccer ball from a large culvert and my heart did race a little faster thinking about what may be hidden in there.


  23. marianallen says:

    Super buncha doors, there. Hey, we need to carry some street parking in our purses for just such occasions, huh? Or at least in the glove compartments of our cars. Or at LEAST a sign to put in the window that says, I PARK FREE BECAUSE.

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