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State Of Downtown Indianapolis Discussed, Including Challenges Facing Mile Square

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett highlighted areas where the city is investing to help -- including public safety, outreach efforts for people experiencing homelessness -- during a second installment of the State of Downtown. - Screenshot of 2020 State of Downtown Part II

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett highlighted areas where the city is investing to help -- including public safety, outreach efforts for people experiencing homelessness -- during a second installment of the State of Downtown.

Screenshot of 2020 State of Downtown Part II

The State of Downtown Indianapolis Part II was presented Thursday night and dug into challenges facing the Mile Square. 

Since the pandemic, downtown has suffered from a lack of people working, playing and visiting the urban core. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the recent decline is painful.

"To see so much growth, temporarily, temporarily halted in the face of these challenges," Hogsett said. 

The Mayor highlighted areas the city is investing in to help -- including public safety, outreach efforts for people experiencing homelessness.

Horizon House Executive Director Teresa Wessel said the perceived increase in homelessness is due to a number of factors, including the season and a lack of other people. She says the ability to connect people with services is key.

"So really understanding the barriers someone is facing and then what is the right path, if you will, for that individual to become housed," Wessel said. 

The recovery plan ties into other development initiatives. The City-County Council recently approved funds for a Convention Center expansion.

A new marketing campaign was also introduced to encourage support of area businesses.

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