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Monument Circle Picked As "Great Public Space"

10/4/2011

WIBC.com photo: Matt Scheidler
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Monument Circle has been named one of the "10 Great Public Spaces" in the U.S for 2011.

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The city's 4 1/2-acre centerpiece was included in the American Planning Association list because of its architectural diversity.

"They feel that it really represents the historic backdrop of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument," said Julia Watson, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.  "It's our community's icon and gathering space."

» See the full list: "Great Places In America: Public Spaces"

Watson believes the designation could help fuel future development in the area.

"It helps us continue to generate interest and support for next steps with Monument Circle."

In March, city leaders launched a contest for maximizing future use of the Circle.

The six-judge panel gave $5,000 to two architects from Paris, France for their entry entitled "From Inertia to Inner Circle." The plan included the addition of outdoor cafes and comfortable seating.

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