Last Thursday, I attended the Indy Connect meeting at 40th and Pennsylvania. While it was an informative meeting, and I was excited to be able to participate in the discussion with the planners, the most surprising contribution was from the Harmoni table. They displayed an impressive report, complete with sobering demographic statistics, as well as a call to arms to maintain and build on the current successes of the large region “between the rivers”. Here’s a rundown of ideas contained in this document:
- Express mass transit lines (perhaps a streetcar) down College Avenue, as well as a bus between Broad Ripple and Butler University and another that traverses 38th Street. This idea was also brought forward on Huston Street Racing.
- White River Recreational Park to feature the river as a destination.
- Connecting trails between the Monon and Canal Towpath along 46th and 52nd Street.
- Art 2 Art path between the Art Center and IMA.
- Enhanced neighborhood centers and employment centers.
- Form-based zoning codes in specific areas to encourage urban character.
- Complete streets for new infrastructure projects.
- Branding (not my area of interest here, to be sure, but I can understand the need).
With regards to the funding, the answer to that question is located in this document. The organization wishes to create an Economic Improvement District, which would allow the neighborhood to levy a tax on itself.