How to plan a City

The making of Indianapolis

Learn about a City planner.

Each of us plays a part in creating livable cities. The layout of a community reflects the beliefs and values of the people who live there. When you learn about the variety of forces and people that shape communities, you can become more responsible citizens and learn how you can impact the quality of life in your own communities. You will be able to identify and prioritize the services and amenities that affect a city and address real problems a city faces, such as traffic, pollution, waste disposal, transportation options, and sprawl.

Read about each of the planners. Read #1,2 and 5.

What is city infrastructure?

On this link you can find out what all of the parts of a city's infrastructure includes. You will select one part to become an expert one. Let your teacher know your first 2 choices. Your teacher tell you which one you will become an expert on and you and your partner(s) will teach the rest of the class about your selection.

Questions you will answer:

What is it?

How is it important to a city?

How might it affect a city if it was not there?

Challenge--How can it be more effective (green)?

NYC infrastructure

1 Meridian Street

City Changes

Observe how cities change. Go to this website to observe changes as cities evolve.

what was there

1. Click on an address

2. Click on street view

3. Slide the fade button to the minus side to see what is in the place now

4. Click on details to get a close-up look and more information

List of Landmarks

Indianapolis Historical Landmarks: Photography & Research Project

In Social Studies, you will be working on an informational writing and photography project about a historical Indianapolis Landmark. You will research and write about the landmark in class, but to help with your research, you will also visit the landmark to experience it in person and take photographs.

Below is the list of places you may choose to research and visit. With a parent, select your top three choices—places you would like to research and would be able to visit on January 29th—and write them on the lines on the back of this paper. Pick a topic that you have a personal interest in and will enjoy learning more about. If you have another idea for a historical place in Indianapolis you could research that is not on the list below, bring your idea to your teacher by January 8th

Allison Mansion


Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Benton House

Bethel AME Church

Central Library
Chatham Arch & Mass Ave Historic District

Clowes Memorial Hall

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Christ Church Cathedral

City Market Catacombs

Cottage Home Historic District

Crown Hill Cemetery

Eagle Creek Park

Eiteljorg Musuem

Fletcher Place Historic District

Fountain Square

Garfield Park

Hannah House

Herron-Morton Place Historic District

Hilbert Circle Theater

Indiana State Capitol (Statehouse)

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana Theater

Indiana World War Memorial

Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Firefighters Museum (Station #2)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

IMA – Lilly House

Irvington Historic District

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

Lockerbie Square

Lucas Oil Stadium

Madame C. J. Walker Building

Monument Circle

Morris-Butler House

Murat Theater at Old National Centre

Ransom Place Historic District

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Union Station

Veterans Memorial Plaza

Vietnam & Korean War Memorials

Virginia Avenue Historic District

World War II Memorial