Third Places

Resurgence of social gathering places

  • Strategy

    Take inventory of and maintain a list of third spaces within neighborhoods.

    Actions:


    Conduct a public places gap analysis and create an action plan. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    10%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

    Status update:

    February 6, 2017: A Plan 2020 Bicentennial Fellow project developed a model for conducting this analysis.

  • Develop criteria for siting a new 3rd place and ways to designate an existing place as a 3rd place. More details

    Department of Metropolitan Development

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

  • Strategy

    Determine a manager of all neighborhood spaces to maintain list and engage neighborhoods to activate their spaces.

    Actions:


    Set aside grant funds for the purposes of developing a 3rd Places fund that grants neighborhoods oversight and management of their own places. More details

    Big Car

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2018

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    :

  • Project:

    KIB’s IPL Project Greenspace Program

    http://www.kibi.org/programs/beautification/project-greenspace/

    Connecting people to nature, creating vibrant places rooted in community and building lasting value by working together. Committed to creating vibrant places and communities, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s IPL Project GreenSpace is a grassroots effort that transforms vacant lots and underused spaces into natural, beautiful, and functional pocket parks and greenspaces for neighborhoods.

    In the Hawthorne neighborhood, a restored 1964 Pontiac Bonneville has been planted in the ground as an important cultural symbol and centerpiece for a community-owned pocket park, called Purpose Park. Located just north of West Washington Street and Holmes Avenue, neighbors use the space for informal gathering, youth development, artistic performance, and food distributions to neighbors. In Fletcher Place, a once underutilized lot on the Cultural Trail is now Merrill Street Pocket Park, a native garden highlighted by an artful bench designed and constructed by a local artist using salvaged wood. In Ransom Place, a new pocket park uses art and nature to welcome people to learn more about the neighborhood’s rich African-American history. Community-based organizations apply to KIB for assistance to transform blighted or underutilized places into functional, beautiful, distinctive and resilient assets. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s mission is to engage diverse communities to create vibrant places that help people and nature thrive.

  • Project:

    No Mean City Initiative – Third Places

    http://www.nomeancity.com

    Some claim they could never live in the city because they need trees, greenspace, and privacy. With hundreds of public parks and the 1.5-mile Central Canal, the city ranks as one of the nation’s top three most livable downtowns. There’s no shortage of greenspace, gathering places, and boutique shopping. Marion County residents are an active bunch—they have their pick of gyms, yoga studios, running trails, and juice bars. Local farmers sell produce year-round at City Market, and the Indianapolis Public Library branches provide popular hangouts for families and freelancers. No Mean City provides interactive maps, stories and first hand guides for those wishing to explore the variety of Third Places Indy has to offer.

  • Project:

    IMCPL Strategic Plan – Third Places

    http://www.imcpl.org/strategicplan/

    Libraries are public space in our cities and important motivating forces in urban development. If democracy is still revered in society, it is necessary to have public spaces where freedom of access and freedom of expression are valued. These public spaces must be open, accessible and tolerant of all. They should be owned by the citizens.

    As the Indianapolis Public Library designs new facilities and upgrades existing ones, it embraces this concept of public space. Each location will be highly functional and convenient to use. Buildings will adapt and reconfigure easily to future changes in service. Increased spaces for individual and collaborative work will include personal device functionality. Bandwidth will be robust with Wi-Fi access throughout. We will continually monitor and assess demand with increasing use. The Indianapolis Public Library offers free public access to information in greater quantities than anyone else in our community. To provide optimum public accessibility to all Indianapolis residents, we offer the right devices, in the right quantities, at the right locations.

    Beyond our walls, there exist Library public spaces. An example is the partnership with the Herbert Simon Family Foundation that has produced The Public Collection, public art installations housing books provided by the Indianapolis Public Library. Each Public Collection book station is open to everyone, for free. Enjoy a book while visiting, borrow a book, or pass it along to a friend. Our goal is to create public places that improve literacy, foster a deeper appreciation of the arts and raise awareness for education and social justice in our community.

  • Project:

    Activating 3rd Places

    http://www.downtownindy.org/

    Downtown Indy, Inc. (DII) manages and maintains two third places in Downtown Indianapolis: Georgia Street and the Canal Walk. DII hosts a summer series on Georgia Street (with three main events drawing thousands of visitors to Downtown on a weekly basis), a 55,000-attendee New Year’s Eve bash and numerous holiday happenings. DII keeps Georgia Street a vibrant urban public space through landscaping improvements, free public Wi-Fi, seating, audio and more. In addition, it manages events on the Canal, and has hosted events (and partnered on events) on Monument Circle. DII collaborates with organizations such as the Arts Council and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to maintain third places and assets within Downtown, including improving Downtown underpasses (repairing concrete, upgrading lighting and adding murals). DII co-markets with other organizations to cultivate participation in events and experiences in Downtown’s third places. DIIs safety director, together with IMPD and community, works to ensure third places are welcoming, safe and create a more vibrant day and night environment. DII works as a team and with other local organizations to create active, vibrant spaces. It provides attention to infrastructure improvements in public spaces, event activation and civility in addressing homelessness and other social issues.