In this blog, I have spent a good deal of time talking about areas for improvement and new proposals. However, I have not properly addressed the place that works best in this city, Monument Circle.
- It is the historic focal point that basically shuns most of the traffic-based planning decisions that have been common throughout the rest of the city.
- The bricks, along with the tall Monument itself, cause a visual cue for vehicles to slow down.
- There are no stop signs, or traffic lights.
- Many of the buildings that face the Monument curve to provide a wall, to make it feel like you are in an outdoor living room.
- The Monument is, of course, exquisitely carved, and approaches its subjects with appropriate reverence.
- Pedestrians feel at ease in crossing the street.
Not everything is perfect, of course. It could use more street-level retail. The building that replaced the English Opera House should be taller, more attractive, or both. But on the whole, it is the type of space that proves that Indianapolis is capable of providing a quality, human-scaled environment.