Indianapolis Gets Urban

In the 1970s, civic leaders articulated a vision for Indianapolis that included a new public university, sports venues and a riverfront park. Their vision is now reality. Steven Litt reports on the successes and failures of the plan.

Additions included a convention center, a handful of museums, and other amenities that Litt says are very impressive.

He writes, "Today, when you visit Indianapolis, you see the fruit of decades of consistent effort in the pursuit of a vision that has turned Midwestern city with a reputation for blandness into a showcase of city planning and urban design."

On the downside, Litt sees a number of problems with the streetscape.

"Most downtown streets are one-way, which makes the entire city center more hospitable to fast-moving cars than pedestrians."

Full Story: Indianapolis offers impressive urban planning lessons for Cleveland



Indy Resident

This article is true of downtown, but with virtually no transit, the rest of the city and the region is woefully behind. Many of the areas annexed in Unigov are even more suburban than the suburbs. Some areas of the city are still on septic tanks (no central sewer). That said, downtown is wonderful. The chain establishments are mainly crowded around the convention center, stray a bit and it's nearly all local stuff. The four-lane one-way streets are a problem, but without transit they're needed to get people downtown. They do at least have signals at every intersection.

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