Group eyes new vision for Circle

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Monument Circle IndianapolisA group of local business and civic leaders are hoping to transform Monument Circle into a grand public space in the European model, a pedestrian-friendly piazza that draws crowds year-round to mingle and dine and watch performances in the shadow of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. The group in July began a lively discussion of how to improve the Circle, including the possibility of closing it to car traffic. The Central Indiana Community Foundation commissioned a study of the Circle’s potential from Project for Public Spaces, a not-for-profit based in New York. The group suggested a framework for turning the Circle into the “center through which Indianapolis can create its future and showcase itself to the world.” “Monument Circle is the focal point of the city and downtown and in many ways the entire state,” the report said. “It is one of a kind and means many things to many people, but does not yet provide the regular reasons to come and participate in the space.” To read about the group’s recommendations, check out the full story. What do you think? Would you like to see the Circle closed to cars?

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