An Indianapolis Aerotropolis

Planners in Indianapolis have revealed plans for an "aerotropolis" to develop around the city's international airport.

"Thursday, designers Landrum & Brown and the Indianapolis Airport Authority provided maps showing areas of immediate development, possible growth and connectivity. In March, the IAA approved a $1.3 million contract with Landrum & Brown for a comprehensive study that will guide future land use. With the completion of Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal, there is a core area to work from.

The aerotropolis concept was created by Dr. John D. Kasarda, who is director of North Carolina's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He also heads up the institute's Center for Air Commerce. His strategy includes an overall plan, which makes the airport a key player in global production. This is done by developing airport-related businesses and retail/convention establishments near the airport and in surrounding areas that are connected by interstates and light rail lines."

Planners expect the realm of development to extend up to 20 miles around the airport, creating a new source of economic benefits for the community.

Thanks to ArchNewsNow

Full Story: Indy Airport unveils its aerotropolis plans

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