Streetscape re-designed with Super Bowl anticipation
Indianapolis is hosting the Super Bowl next year and with that comes a major city renovation. Georgia Street, which is currently 4 lanes with two parking lanes will become a public space, linking retail, sporting and hotel venues. The new Georgia Street will devote less space to traffic (reduce to 2 lanes) and more to pedestrians with a large center boardwalk. The space will have plantings, outdoor furniture, kiosks and will sit above a rainwater collection channel designed to let stormwater seep back into the ground rather than run off into the sewer system. Above the boardwalk, lamp posts will be designed to also hold adjustable shades, which will help reduce summer temperatures.
Georgia Street has the Indianapolis Convention Center on one end and Conseco Fieldhouse (home of the Indiana Pacers) on the other. The stadium where the Super Bowl will be held next year is a block and a half south. This seems like a prime location for a urban redevelopment that will create more spaces for community development and interaction year-round.