Sometime in the near future, the city should be making a decision on which of the proposals they have received for the Market Square Arena site to accept. Courtesy of an idea that I first read from Urban Indy blogger Chris Corr, I’m posting this as a hope for some forethought to the street environment surrounding the former MSA.
As I have displayed on the map below, the Market Square Arena site is flanked by very short one way segments of Alabama and New Jersey streets. Alabama is 6 blocks long, and New Jersey is 5 blocks long. How much can be gained in this configuration? The best argument I can think of might be that it is currently set up to handle Banker’s Life Fieldhouse traffic, but since those are programmed events, traffic cops and cones could shift lane priorities when needed.
This change should be relatively easy to implement. The worst case scenario for the MSA site would include a design that would help cement these short stretches of street as one ways for the foreseeable future, such as a car entrance from the left side of the street as seen in Circle Centre Mall. I’m hoping the city will avoid that, and instead go the opposite direction with Alabama and New Jersey Streets.