On June 9, 2017, at the Ground Up placemaking conference, Big Car Collaborative in partnership with Indiana Arts Commission hosted a tour of locations in Indianapolis where placemaking and public programming are supporting better utilized, more engaging, and more welcome public spaces.
Schedule for Indianapolis Placemaking Bus Tour
June 9, 2017
Stop 1: Monument Circle (Mark Zwoyer and Eduardo Luna) Walk two blocks along Market Street and also discuss Market Street traffic calming plan.
Stop 2: Indianapolis City Market
(Conversation with market staff — Stevi Stoesz and Joe Perrin) about their work, the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community project and opportunity to get a snack at the market)
Stop 3: Fletcher Place/Holy Rosary and Fountain Square
Visit Milktooth, Bluebeard, Calvin Fletcher, The Idle, Wildwood Market on Indianapolis Cultural Trail (Placemaking by businesses and the impact of the Cultural Trail talk with staff from the restaurants and The Idle, and Craig Sanders from Wildwood)
Stop 4: Garfield Park area
(Tube Factory, Cruft Street cottages, Listen Hear, and Shelby Street tactical urbanism with Big Car staff and then Garfield Park Neighbors Association President Ed Mahern)
Key goals for the tour:
- Creative Placemaking 101 (e.g., what it is/what they are seeing/why it is creative placemaking)
- Getting started/step 1
- Tactical urbanism/street painting — Shelby Street
- Biggest challenges
- Lighter, quicker, cheaper (low cost, high impact)
- Quick wins
- Working around budget gaps/funding shortfalls
- Cultivating community involvement
- Leadership source for projects (e.g., top down v. bottom up approaches – City Market)
- How we generated support for projects through community engagement
- Placemaking by businesses — Milktooth, Bluebeard, etc.
- Impact of placemaking on businesses and economic development — The Indianapolis Cultural Trail