Most cities (and towns, and hamlets, etc) turn their waterways into bustling, attractive public and commercial districts. The Indy canal is sort of public in that it’s open, except that there’s no reason to actually visit. The few cultural institutions along it make anemic use thereof, and too much of it is office space or private residences. Nothing about it seems urban. The few restaurants and bars that have tried to make-a-go along the canal inevitably fold because there is no critical mass. The canal should be a destination, with enough active spaces of art and bonhomie (e.g., eating and drinking) that visitors can bounce along until they find what suites their mood.