The future of Downtown means more quality of life and place services and activities.
Economic Improvement Districts (EIDs) allow stakeholders in an area to come together, leverage resources, collectively advocate for the future of Downtown and their neighborhood. The EID creates a unified voice and allows influence for the public sector. By providing resources that stakeholders manage, an EID puts greater control of the district in your hands and allows you to leverage even more funds to ensure long term success. With all the development currently happening in Downtown we stand to gain much. But, we cannot individually ensure that Downtown Indianapolis will remain strong without working together through a structure that can help us create both an economically and socially vibrant area.
Walk outside your home or place of business and imagine:
The International Downtown Association estimates that more than 1,000 EIDs currently operate throughout the United States and Canada. The inspiration on the right is provided by cities across the country with EIDs in place.
Here's What Downtown's EID Funding Would Do:
Attention to Downtown’s safety, common area maintenance, engaging activities in public spaces, beautification and placemaking must remain our focus in order to continue to attract and retain talent and make Downtown the best place to live, work and visit. Now, more than ever, we must keep our collective foot on the gas pedal.
Based on hundreds of input sessions and research, the following priorities would be funded through a Downtown Mile Square EID:
ENHANCHING SAFETY & SECURITY
Coordinate Homeless Outreach & Services and Mitigate Aggressive Panhandling
Increased bike and foot patrols
Emergency management and disaster response system
ENRICHING THE DOWNTOWN-USER EXPERIENCE
Maximize technology for improved wayfinding for parking
Increase bike parking
Broaden public WiFi
Provide for residential amenities such as dog parks and pet waste stations, and make Downtown more family-friendly with addition of playground(s), etc.
IMPROVING STREETSCAPE MAINTENANCE, BEAUTIFICATION & CLEANLINESS
Hire and train up to 10 fulltime maintenance ambassadors and deploy patrols throughout Mile Square adding 540 hours/week of litter/weed/graffiti removal; basic street maintenance, etc. while providing hospitality services to residential guests, businesses, visitors, etc.
Daily recurring manual sweeping
Monthly power washing
Pest bird mitigation
Enhanced streetscape lighting, landscaping and tree canopy
Expanded beautification including design and maintenance of the Mile-Square gardens
DRIVING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MARKETING, PLANNING & PRIVATE SECTOR INPUT
Coordinate a refreshed brand for Downtwon
Create a retail strategy
Gather and analyze important data
Look beyond the crystal ball. Plan for future amenities and attractions such as the redevelopment of Monument Circle, the feasability of public restrooms, the possible relocation of the CSX rail line, etc.