Indianapolis is a poster city for how to create a brand, then continually build that image to create amenities, making a place where people want to be. From the "Unigov" effort of the ’70s, which brought the region under one government, to branding itself as the amateur sports capital of North America and maybe the world (home to the NCAA, host of the Pan Am games, world gymnastics championship, world rowing championship), this city has done a lot of things right. While many of Indy’s efforts may not appear to be direct economic generators, they have, in fact, become the key to the city's growth and increasingly positive image.
|Lighting is critical to the success of any pathway.|
|Here is an example of how a restaurant has opened up onto|
the enhanced sidewalk creating a better space with the
green infrastructure corner treatment.
|The Cultural Trail is built into the side of the roadway with|
plenty of functional green space added.
People from all parts of Indianapolis -- suburbs, inner city and established neighbourhoods have bought into the local and regional benefits of investing in this type of infrastructure. The business community was a partner in realizing how connecting people to new places was an excellent way to help economic development.
A similar Cultural Trail in Calgary would happen differently. In Indy, the local philanthropic community and federal government invested $63 million after 12 years of planning and six of construction. Can this happen here?
|Intersections are made much safer for pedestrians with the|
green infrastructure - an important part of the design.