Georgia Street in Action

Georgia Street in Action

Each year thousands of visitors enjoy Georgia Street's unique atmosphere, programming and proximity to downtown hotels, attractions and the Indiana Convention Center. Footage courtesy Visit Indy.

Georgia Street green infrastructure

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Designing for the Invisible: Georgia Street’s Green Infrastructure

Essential to designing more livable cities is reconsidering streets as integrated systems that not only provide more options for active mobility but also sustainable infrastructure that contributes positively to urban ecology.

On Georgia Street, RATIO designers reversed the crown of the street to move rainwater to the central boardwalk, which serves as a permeable cover for an innovative system that redirects rainwater away from the city’s overburdened combined sewers. As the boardwalk captures rainwater, forebay troughs below fill underground irrigation cisterns and direct overflow into an infiltration chamber. The chamber’s rechargeable sand layer resides on top of native sub-soils, offering a final filtering prior to recharging the groundwater aquifer.

This system will reduce runoff by more than 50 percent during a 10-year rain event and 40 percent during a 100-year storm.

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Georgia Street Wooden sculpture

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Art & Architecture: A Tribute to Hoosier History

A reduced emphasis on automobiles allowed for a central median that ranges from 23 feet wide to 30 feet wide. 

The enhanced public space includes a pedestrian boardwalk with public art aimed at showcasing Hoosier history, including a statue of Indiana-born basketball coaching legend John Wooden. RATIO worked with Hoosier artist Jeffrey Rouse to position the "Wooden's Legacy" statue within sight of Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Georgia Street's eastern bookend and the home of the NBA's Indiana Pacers. 

In addition, RATIO designed a series of narrative signs which highlight the surrounding Wholesale District's impact on Indianapolis. The graphic panels, fabricated from durable, UV-resistant laminate substrate and mounted to custom-fabricated stainless steel pedestals, tell the story of how the area's architecture, railroads, modernized roads, and streetcar line all factored into Georgia Street becoming one of Indianapolis’ main commerical arteries in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Georgia Street Super Bowl text

Located between the Indiana Convention Center and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Georgia Street is designed to facilitate pedestrian movement between the venues while also drawing activity onto the street itself, providing an event environment unique to the city. In addition to accommodating daily pedestrian traffic, sidewalk cafes and small-scale events, the design needed to accommodate, as its first test, one of the highest-profile events held in the US, the 2012 NFL Super Bowl.

Thanks in part to Georgia Street hosting the first-ever “Super Bowl Village” entertainment district, sportswriters and visitors acclaimed Super Bowl XLVI as one of the best events in league history.

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