May 2, 2023 - News

Meet me … where?

A sign with a map of Indianapolis tells passersby, "You are in the SouthWest Quad."

A sign at Georgia and Meridian streets breaks down Indianapolis by quads. Photo: James Briggs/Axios

Has anyone in history made plans with friends in Indianapolis by saying, "Meet me in the SouthWest Quad?"

State of play: I've never heard that before. Yet, when I walk around downtown, I see signs telling me which quad I'm in.

  • Consider the big sign on Georgia Street between Gainbridge Fieldhouse and the Indiana Convention Center informing passersby, "You are in the SouthWest Quad."
  • OK, so?

Context: Those signs aren't intended for people who live here. Downtown Indy CEO Taylor Schaffer tells Axios the quad signs originated from a 1990s challenge of helping an influx of visitors find their way around as the city's convention, sports and tourism businesses took off.

  • The resulting signage "took advantage of Indianapolis' historic 'City Plan,' a gridded system, emanating from Monument Circle, that divided downtown into four distinct quadrants," Schaffer says.
  • Schaffer adds the quad locators have added essential guidance during big events, such as the 2012 Super Bowl.

The intrigue: This can't be the only signage that seems a bit odd. What signs have you seen around Indianapolis that you'd like explained? Reply to this email and we'll try to find answers.

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