As the historic National Road and the only east-west street that transverses all of Marion County, Washington Street has long played an important role in the development of Indianapolis. During its heyday, the corridor was bustling with streetcars and line with homes, apartments, businesses, and industry. After decades of disinvestment and decline, the rebirth of the near eastside is at hand. Two neighborhoods along East Washington Street have developed quality of life plans promoting the renewal of the corridor, several business and industrial neighbors have or have plans to reinvest in the area, and rapid transit plans call for the reintroduction of rail transit on the street.
To help coordinate and maximize these investments, CAP:IC worked with the City of Indianapolis, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders to explore a long-term vision for East Washington Street from Interstate 65 east to Sherman Drive. Through a community-based process, a corridor vision, supplemented with analysis and catalyst project concepts, emerged to provide a blueprint for the future of this important corridor. The work will also nurtured a new partnership between existing community development organizations committed to the corridor’s rebirth.
More information on the process can be found on the project website at www.eastwashingtonstreet.org.