Plans underway to revitalize downtown Indianapolis
December 21, 2013 by Mark
Indianapolis, Indiana, is proud of its record of job creation and the improvements it’s made in livability in the last 30 years. Residents and city officials alike want to continue that progress, and now they have a plan to do so in the form of a new multi-year plan, called ‘Velocity’, currently being implemented.
Greg Ballard, Indianapolis’s mayor, revealed the plan at Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the Union Station. The depot is still active and the combination of the train station and hotel is one example of the innovative spirit of the city. Ballard noted the city is nothing like it was 30 years ago, and it will continue to evolve with programs like Velocity helping the progress.
Velocity has both short and long-term goals and overall is aimed at improving the city’s amenities and strengthening its neighborhoods in order to attract new residents and new businesses. The former, which are 18-month goals, include installing more street lights, improving public transit, and building more parks.
Longer-term goals, to be achieved over five years, include building a pedestrian bridge across West Street to connect the downtown area with the Indiana University-Purdue University campus, revamping currently underused University Park into a family-friendly area, and turning Vermont Street into a pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare.
Considering the scope of this project and its ongoing nature, city officials might want to consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for the city’s residents, outlining Velocity and the changes it will mean for them, their neighborhoods, and local businesses.