Indianapolis sells it public utility and listens to its citizens to use the $500M to make the city more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
"Making a city greener, more walkable, and more bikable is usually a bigger job than private philanthropy can takes on, which leads to tough questions around equality and public good. The reshaping of Indianapolis shows how the smart use of a chunk of funds can create a lasting ripple effect.
"To make one thing clear out of the gate, RebuildIndy is not a story about philanthropy, exactly. While foundations are contributing to what's happening there, Indianapolis was largely able to revamp its car-centric streetscape due to a $500 million windfall derived from selling its water and sewer utility to a public charitable trust." --Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy