After months of repairs, a renovation of Georgia Street is nearly complete and it will soon host it's [sic] first special events since the Super bowl.
As the site of the Super Bowl Village, Georgia Street, attracted big crowds and lots of wear and tear. Now, damaged pavers and other structural problems are nearly fixed and officials with Indianapolis Downtown Incorporated say the work should be complete by July.
"Now it's time to really look at how beautiful it is and enjoy it," said Julia Watson with IDI. "It's time to do some simple things, like put seating out here, so people can just sit and enjoy."On August 2nd, I had the chance to visit a local business establishment located on Georgia Street. In the process I walked the full length of Georgia Street. This was after IDI said the improvements should be completed. The street looked horrible. The boards on the boardwalk are yellowed and there didn't appear to be much landscaping going. At one point, on the street tacky-looking fake grass had been installed. "Tacky" is also a good way to describe the architecture on the street. It appears to have some sort of confusing mixture of Roman and oriental themes...not sure why.
It was a Thursday evening, just the time when the nearby bars should have been flooded with downtown workers. Instead the street looked abandoned. There was very little in the way of pedestrian traffic. You would never believe that this is supposed to be an Indianapolis hot spot.
It appears that Georgia Street is well on its way to being a white elephant. If we are paying IDI anything to maintain and promote this property, we need to ask for our money back. I cannot believe the millions of taxpayer dollars that was sunk into this fiasco.
NOTE: I would have liked to post pictures on here but due to issues with my phone I was not able to. The link to the Fox 59 story though will take you to a video that's worth watching. I particularly enjoy the IDI officials try to spin Georgia Street as a great tourist destination.