City goes through 3,000 submissions to rename downtown street

A section on Georgia Street might get a new name ahead of Super Bowl

Indianapolis, Ind.

The City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. is taking public input into consideration for a possible new name for a three block stretch of Georgia Street.

The stretch between the Indiana Convention Center and Conseco Fieldhouse is already under construction to become a pedestrian-friendly walkway. That’s part of a $12,000,000 makeover project ahead of the 2012 Super Bowl.

"It's going to have a beautiful center lane boardwalk, as well as a very dramatic lighting system," explained Julia Watson, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Downtown Inc. "It's really going to be unlike any other street that we have in Indianapolis."

Watson said the City received about 3,000 submissions including the following:

  • Whitcomb Street
  • General Timothy Maude (killed at Pentagon on 9/11)
  • Victory Street
  • Liberty Street
  • Peyton Place

The organization also received many submissions to keep it Georgia St. Opponents protesting the name change were so outraged, they even created a Facebook page asking city officials to consider the street’s historical significance.

Even the business owners on Georgia Street have differing opinions.

"I don't really know why they want to change it?," asked Gordon Coke, owner of The Pub on East Georgia. "A lot of people are gonna have to change their accounts, their mailing address and all that."

On the other hand, Old Spaghetti Factory manager Ryan Oates said the restaurant is welcoming the change.

"[The area is] going to change dramatically and for the people that do come in from out of town, it’d be nice to have a fresh new name to add to the fresh new feel that we’re adding to the street."

Indianapolis Downtown Inc. will pick the top four or five suggestions and the mayor will have the final say. The City has the option to not change the name.

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