The crown jewel in our city’s livable infrastructure, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been cited in almost every publication or promotional piece. Most recently, it was mentioned in The Vogue magazine. But there is one half of a block where it basically stops in deference to a hotel’s valet parking zone. The Conrad has insisted that it is trying to be a good neighbor, but that it has no choice but to use this zone for vehicles. A few weeks ago, this was the hilariously sad scene:
After seeing this photo, I tweeted out a joke that they might as well host a tailgate party on the remaining sidewalk and call it a day. But this is not a joke. This invited a dangerous situation upon what should be a safe space for biking and walking.
There’s plenty of space for Conrad to have their valet zone on Illinois Street, like it had been temporarily when this section was under construction. It’s clear that they use this location for prestige and visibility. The rest of the city just has to work around it.