Category: Tourism

Indianapolis Canal Walk

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This August I got a chance to visit Indianapolis Canal Park and inspired a lot by that project.

Indianapolis Canal Walk  is a great case for our questions:

  1. How to integrate conventional urban infrastructure with urban landscapes as green infrastructure.
  2. Can Landscape be a fundamental role in the development of urban areas?
  3. Is it possible to create a green corridor in a crowded downtown area and provide multiple serves and enjoyments for citizens and tourists without sacrificing opportunity for further development?


The Canal Walk successfully transformed a dilapidated riverfront area  into a cultural corridor, meanwhile, it connects downtown area with White River state park and successfully creates a continuous experience for tourists and citizens to appreciate the beauty of magnificent natural attractions, cultural institutions,  and vitality of urban life.

Now it has become an important destination for all people and a cultural icon for the Indianapolis city.



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BACKGROUND: In December 2006 we visited Lian Island to study tourism potential and upgrading.  The island was then and remains a no-car tourism destination accessible only by boat.

CHALLENGE: To preserve the natural integrity of the site while providing control planning to accommodate an influx of tourists.

LESSONS LEARNED: It is always a challenge of doing tourism planning in China to keep a good balance between near-future benefits and far-future goals.   Also, the government is selling land parcels to make profit, how to assemble and motivate a variety of landowners and make they cooperate to create an integrate image for the whole tourism destination is a big challenge.