What was your last (or most memorable) experience on Monument Circle, the Canal, Lugar Plaza, or Georgia Street? Was it good, bad, or neutral?
My most recent memorable experience was being able to witness my art colleague and friend’s mural being selected to showcase on monument circle. It is a painting of her two little girls. It made me proud to see her work being recognized.
Do these spaces feel like they’re part of “your” city—a place for you and your family and friends? More recently yes. During the BLM movement, it shined a light on just how much discrimination was and is a part of our city and because of the movement, it has allowed a feeling of embrace and I hope this continues
Have your feelings or opinions about these downtown spaces changed over time? Yes. When I was younger, coming downtown wasn’t something we did “for fun or culture”. Now I see more interest from young and old wanting to enjoy all that downtown offers…art, culture, restaurants, activities and family time.
Where is your favorite public place to hang out downtown?
I really enjoy the canal. Very relaxing and tranquil.
What are your hopes for the future of these spaces? How could they better serve you? Your family? Your friends?
I hope that downtown indy continues to allow the community to be a voice. When we listen to those who wish to have and contribute towards a memorable experience, magic can happen!
What do you love about the culture of Indianapolis? I love that Indianapolis is becoming more diverse and a mixing pot of all ethnicities.
What makes you proud to live here? It makes me proud to see progress and Indy can and will be an amazing city by setting the bar. I believe more people will chose to live here in the near future.
Do these spaces reflect those values? Slowly but surely!