This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July of 2014.  Follow our blog to see future posts.

Dear Mayor,


This idea uses the ever-popular 5k run/walk as a conduit for the public to experience the Cultural Trail.  This inaugural event would be organized to raise awareness of the Cultural Trail and allows participants to experience destinations along the route.

The event is envisioned to be an interactive experience where participants could stop and start at a preferred cultural district(s).  The event would ideally have businesses within each cultural district participate and encourage the 5k run/walkers to stop at their business or to provide water along the route.

Cultural Trail 5K


Steve Savoie, AIA, LEED AP