I also recommend Dr. Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods—Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. He visited Indianapolis in 2007 (as I recall) to present his book’s findings to a capacity audience at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Neal Peirce, urbanologist and editor of the Citiwire.net series, was commissioned to study the urban process in Indianapolis. In 1996, his study team produced The Peirce Report in which he notably recommended that the city “democratize development decisions” and “end the monopoly that planners and developers have in deciding the physical appearance of our communities”. Obviously, the development-decisions monopoly issue is not a problem unique to Indianapolis.