Leading up to this major event, we embraced the opportunity to create an entirely new entertainment “venue” — permanently transforming a public street into a pedestrian-first, flexible event space. The three-block stretch of Georgia Street, from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse to the Indiana Convention Center, would become a gathering place.
Our curb-less design prioritizes pedestrians. Vehicular flow was reduced to one travel lane in each direction with a broad central pedestrian median, ample crosswalks, and limited on-street parking. The entire street, or a block at a time, can be closed to traffic for events.
Events open and close, but the infrastructure for this urban street park is permanent. Vertical armatures line the street, to handle sunshades, heat, lighting, music, and to house all utilities. And an innovative three-chamber stormwater filtration system, cleans rain run-off and percolates it back into the soil.
Today on Georgia Street, outdoor cafes populate the boardwalk, office workers relax in the shade, and revelers rejoice over last-second shots. It’s a destination worth celebrating.