One very powerful state organization has a proposal to set back the past 40 years of downtown redevelopment. Instead of a bold proposal that would help reunite the urban fabric, INDOT gives us the stuff of nightmares:
INDOT gave us what the roadway could look like, but they didn’t give us the street-level view. Fortunately, local architects decided to fill in that massive gap.
The highway exists in the top photo, but at least it can be partially mitigated with greenery. Not so with a giant concrete wall. Click the above pdf to see the whole impact analysis for yourself. It’s worth a look. This plan is a non-starter.
Given that this proposal could stand for the next 50 years, wouldn’t it make more sense to build something that would be more likely to create value? Fortunately, there is still time to persuade INDOT. Public meetings are already underway. This is absolutely critical. If INDOT builds this proposal, neighboring properties are likely to lose value, and our city’s investment in public transit might not pay off.
There are so many things that can be said about this proposal, but this time it can be kept simple: Just no. Don’t do this, INDOT. Please listen to the citizens of our city.
(post note: This article was edited to reflect the origin of the top visualization)