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Regional Center Design Guidelines win APA's 2010 National Excellence in Planning Award !

The Indianapolis Regional Center covers over 6.5 square miles in the heart of Indianapolis and the urbanized area of more than 600 Regional Centersquare miles. Monument Circle, the center of the city, remains the economic, physical and social center of the city and has linked people to the city's center.

Regional Center boundaries include 16th Street to the north, Interstates 65 and 70 to the east, Interstate 70 to the south, and the Belt Railroad to the west and extends northward along North Meridian Street two blocks to each side up to 30th Street.

The health, vitality, growth and success of the Regional Center impacts that of the entire city, county, region and state. To protect and guide this important community asset, several tools are available and used.

Regional Center Map with typologies

Together, these and other tools are used to support the Regional Center Vision.

Regional Center Vision

As the vibrant hub of central Indiana, Downtown Indianapolis is recognized as the heart of a world-class city and an exciting place to live, work, play, visit and raise a family. Downtown Indianapolis provides unparalleled business, entertainment, education, medical and residential opportunities in an attractive, clean, safe, friendly and exciting environment.

Downtown Indianapolis offers:

  • An exciting, unique and profitable mix of retail, restaurant, cultural and entertainment activities that provides a positive experience for a diverse population;
  • Residential options for a wide array of income levels with strong neighborhoods and services reinforcing historic and urban alternatives to the suburbs;
  • A thriving work environment and business climate that produces a skilled and creative workforce that supports the life sciences, information technology, logistics and advanced manufacturing industries;
  • A community excelling in quality educational opportunities for all people;
  • An environment that is safe, accessible and healthy with user-friendly parking and transportation; and
  • Attractive and lively streets, trails, sidewalks and public spaces that connect activities, creating an overall fabric that has quality design and a strong sense of place.