The Georgia Street transformation has been completed for a few years now, so it’s a good time to look at how the public space is faring. Â This was an exciting project when it was first announced, but there was a major issue with its sustained success: most of the buildings that faced it had never really taken advantage of foot traffic. Â I’m not sure if that aspect has changed that much in the past 2 years. Â However, with the Indy Star taking over the top 2 floors of the former Nordstrom Space, there is hope that they will be able to open up the building a bit.
The good news is that the retail and restaurant void has created a natural spot for food trucks and other temporary activities. Â Last Friday was the first Food Truck Friday, and people were out taking advantage of the first warm sunshine of the year:
Another programmed event, Georgia Street will soon be hosting public workout sessions on Wednesdays in an effort to attract people to the public space. The street continues to evolve with new uses over time, which is good to see.
Also, I had to add in my personal favorite photo of Georgia Street, from last year during the Gen Con festival:
It will be interesting to see how much more the street will change if Pan Am plaza were to feature development, which is discussed in this article behind the IBJ’s paywall. As for now, it is still in its transition phase, but the seeds of activity are starting to bear fruit.