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Conventions / Tourism & Hospitality

Assessing downtown cleanliness

September 9, 2009
One reason Indianapolis gets lots of conventions is because the downtown is reasonably clean, especially compared to some other cities. Cleanliness also makes the downtown a good place for businesses to operate.

It comes through hard work. As reported in this week’s IBJ, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. patrols 370 blocks and rate them for cleanliness. The not-for-profit gets good cooperation; for the most part, property owners and managers cooperate and keep their sidewalks free of litter and gunk.

So the sidewalks are clean. But what about the rest of the downtown? It isn’t hard to find paint peeling from the black fences surrounding flower beds.

And then there are the odors. Certain areas of downtown have never smelled good due to the combined sewer overflow, but have you noticed some flower beds and alleys beginning to smell like, well, sewers? How would you rate downtown as an overall place to live and work?

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