Downtown Indy is already great to those who want to see it that way. If we want to reach those who don’t yet see it (or actively try not to) change is needed! The Circle is one of the best locations this city has to offer, and yet it is almost completely wasted except for the handful of markets and large scale activations per year. MORE art, MORE retail, MORE different light shows honoring other topics besides the patriotic one that plays often. The Circle needs to be a largely pedestrian location. I know some big players on the circle would make that difficult (looking at you Hilbert, Columbia Club, etc)…but it’s worth the money/persuasion in the long run. Indy has improved so much with public art and artistic installations, but there’s always room for more! Murals, sculptures, etc are both interesting and serve as free marketing for the city when people post and take pictures for social media.
More festivals in the area near the war memorials! I’m not talking one or two giant alcohol or food festivals, but more frequent markets, mid/small performers, etc. City sponsored workout classes or dog meetups could work too!