Update #2: Five Ideas that Excite Us
Throughout the Velocity process, more than 4,000 individuals have shared information, ideas and input into our process through the Velocity online survey. Below are five interesting facts that we’ve learned from them:
LUNCH WITH YOUR TODDLER: Residential units have increased in Downtown by 89 percent since 2009 and demand for Downtown living is at an all-time high. Moving into Downtown from outside the state (38%) and from across the region (26%) are empty nesters and young professionals. To keep our young professionals from taking off to the suburbs when kids come along, Downtown needs to help support young families with quality daycare options. Where should they go? Who should be our partners?
MOONLIGHT SKATING: Is it true that roller skating used to be offered to the public inside the former Hoosier Dome? That sounds like a blast! What other buildings and/or amenities exist Downtown that might have originally been constructed to benefit visitors that could also provide exercise, entertainment and/or enjoyment by residents when available?
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND & ROUND: No matter the outcome of a possible referendum on mass transit coming out of the 2014 legislative session, the great news is that the first components of Indy Connect are all about our bus system — and there’s plenty to jump on the bandwagon (or bus!) about. With the infusion of $6M for additional service, IndyGo has already implemented service improvements based on the Indy Connect bus plan in 2013 including frequent service on core routes, extended hours and weekend service – and ridership is soaring! Plus, they will continue the partnership with the People for Urban Progress (PUP) to enhance some Downtown transit stops – known as PUPstops – using refurbished Bush Stadium seats as street furniture at bus stops. Bold thinking anchored by smart execution. Lead the way, IndyGo.
CANAL CAN-DO: Have you been down to the Canal lately? Some days are outstanding with ideal weather and plenty of energy. Other days make one wonder: “how come more people aren’t down here?” No matter what, the majority of “regulars” use the Canal for fitness. How about we evaluate the feasibility for positioning the Canal specifically as a unique fitness amenity, adding fitness stations along its length, programming with fitness-related events and seeking sponsorships from the many health and wellness-related companies whose buildings cast shadows on the Canal?
KEGANOMICS ANYONE?: Central Indiana and Downtown Indy are quickly becoming recognized as havens for microbrewers and hometown wineries. What if Downtown created a “fermentation district” where certain incentives existed and critical mass could spillover to encourage even more development of small businesses supporting local brews, wines and spirits? Now that’s certain to produce some buzz!
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