Now that Public Greens is open on the corner of NJ and Market, I figured it would be a good time to see the evolution of this corner, which less than a decade ago was an urban disaster. How bad was it in, say, 2007? This bad:
The opposite corner was not any better. It was a surface parking lot for over a decade after the demolition of Market Square Arena:
I also looked at the corner in 2011:
The construction that is visible in the last photo is merely a gravel parking lot turning into a paved parking lot, to match the other paved lot on the north side of the street.
Flash forward to Wednesday of this week, and it’s a different scene:
There are some issues, still. I really wish that the Whole Foods/Starbucks building could have been configured without the mid-block car entry on Market Street. The apartments on the east side of the street are…well…hmm. But, overall, the corner is interesting to me, because these streets are not as wide as standard downtown Indy streets.
I wish we had a lot more intersections of this width. Cars go pretty slowly through here, even with the (silly) one-way street on New Jersey. There are no bike lanes, but bikes don’t feel out of place at all. The closest transit stop is one block over on Alabama Street, so not too far away. Basically, it’s fully built out for now, so whatever is here will likely be here for a while.