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					                            east side arts district
                            Artistic and cultural neighborhoods or districts within cities are often times the
                            most unique, attractive, and lively areas within cities. People are drawn naturally
                            to places where they can express themselves through art or where they can
                            interpret or experience what others are expressing. Midwestern cities have
                            traditionally always lagged behind the rest of the nation when it comes to artistic
                            and cultural expression, but with recent initiatives by the City of Indianapolis
                            and many private organizations, Indy is making an effort to foster and encourage
                            such activities. With the presence of the Massachusetts Avenue Arts District on
                            the east side of Downtown, as well as the historic neighborhoods, churches, and
                            the City Market that encourage personal interaction, the east side of Downtown
                            in this vision becomes the “artsy” section of Indy. Live/work artist lofts provide
                            local artists an affordable housing type that also accommodates work and gallery
                            space, eliminating the need for an artist to support a separate home and gallery.
                            Artist studios would line pedestrian-oriented streets, where passersby could
                            window-shop and browse through the locally crafted artwork. Supporting
                            services, such as art supply stores, frame shops, coffee shops, and cafes would
                            further accent the area. Colorful streetscape elements, including banners and
                                                                                                                                                                      This sketch shows the development of East Street as a more pedestrian-
                            lighting, could add to the festive atmosphere of the arts district. And retrofitted
                                                                                                                                                                      friendly shopping street. Building off of connections to the Mass. Avenue
                            historic buildings could stand beside a unique modern building to create a                                                                Arts District, the Lockerbie and new neighborhoods, and the City
                            patchwork of architectural styles, further enhancing the vibrant atmosphere.                                                              Market, East Street could have a variety of small shops.


                                Massachusetts Ave.
                                Arts/Historic District
                                                                                       10th St.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This vision sees the creation of a
                                               North St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  live/work artist neighborhood along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wabash Street. This location takes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            advantage of its proximity to the Mass.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ave. arts area as well as the City Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and the rest of Downtown. Artists would live in
                                Meridian St.




                                                                                                                 Interstate 65/70




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    one part of the apartment or home while having a
                                                                               New York St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                workspace and gallery in another part facing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             street. This provides for display space as well as great
                                                                                                  College Ave.
                                                                            East St.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           public interaction with the artists


                                                           Washington St.                                                           The sketch above illustrates what the Wabash Pedestrian Street would look like, with streetscape
                                                                                                                                    elements, artistic and festive elements, and mixed-use buildings housing artists in a live/work
                                                                                                                                    environment as well as some retail and apartment space.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 new activity
                            This cross-section of Wabash Street shows how a pedestrian-oriented Wabash Street becomes the heart of a mixed-use and artist district area.
                            Stretching from the City Market to the Interstate, this street would link the entire area together and would be ideal for small shops and for artists to
                            display their work.




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                            new trolley lines
                            Downtown streets were once bustling with streetcars, and
                            over the years there have been numerous proposals for
                            bringing them back. Most recently, a trolley system is under
                            consideration as one of a handful of alternatives for
                            transportation to the northeast of Downtown. This vision
                            sees the development of a streetcar system in the east side,
                            where a mixture of high-density residential development,
                            an arts district, and commercial activity warrant such a
                            system, which would ideally become part of a larger, city-
                            wide rail transit system.




                                                                                                                                         In this drawing, the Market Street interstate ramp is removed and traffic uses the existing Ohio Street
                                                                                                                                         ramp or a possible new ramp system on Washington Street. A trolley line runs down Market Street
                                                                                                                                         instead. The drawing also shows how Market Street could become a connection to the neighborhoods
                                                                                                                                         east of Downtown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Cole Motor Car Company built automobiles in Indianapolis until 1925. The Cole building is today reused as one of the Marion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   County Jails. This vision seeks to celebrate the heritage of this area by developing a museum of Cole cars.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cole automobile museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Cole Motor Car Company operated in Indianapolis from 1909 through 1925, and provided the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   automobile in the history of the U.S. Presidency to President William Taft in 1910. The automobile has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   always played an important part in the history of Indianapolis. Numerous early auto makers called Indy home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   at one time or another, including the Cole Company, the Marmon Motorcar, and the Duesenberg. Indianapolis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   today is behind only Detroit in cities associated with the automobile, with the presence of the Indianapolis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Motor Speedway, which came into existence the same year the Cole Motor Car Company did. Today the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   building used to manufacture the Cole has been adapted as part of the Marion County Jail system. While the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   adaptive reuse of the facility has provided new life to the building, it is unfortunate that a facility once used
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to craft the city’s identity is now used as one that houses the condemned. The east side has two additional jail
                                                           This cross-section of Washington Street shows the placement of a light-rail trolley system in the middle of the street, as well as higher-density buildings                             facilities, including one just south of the former Cole Building and the main jail south of the City-County
                                                           and streetscape elements.                                                                                                                                                               Building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This vision sees the development of a Cole Automobile Museum, or even a more general Indianapolis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Automobile Museum. The museum would create a destination on the east side, helping spur development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   around it.




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         2020                                              This cross-section of Washington Street shows the placement of the trolley along the street side, allowing easy boarding for passengers. Both types of
                                                           arrangements can be found in many major U.S. cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo of the Cole Motor Car Company building today, reused as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a county jail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sketch of a landscaped interstate ramp adjacent to the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cole Automobile Museum.