This weekend I went to Indianapolis for the second time. The first time I went there I had only been there for three hours, so I tried not to judge it before since I was there for only a short time. This time I spent two days there and felt more comfortable talking about this trip. The city I must say is a disappointment. I left the city not really liking it. There were more cons than pros, but every city has those so first the bad.
1. This city has absoultely no streetlife. The weather was absolutely beautiful on Saturday and it was so dead. There was nobody. It honestly looked like a ghostown. Madison which has half the population has more streetlife, and when I went to Madison it was in March and in the low 40's.
2. The Mall in downtown. Okay, the mall was really nice, but I think this is what is hurting the streetlife in Indianapolis, or at least in downtown. This mall sits smack in the middle of downtown, and there had to be more people in that mall than there was outside on downtown's streets. If you elimnated that mall, and put all the stores that it has spread all over downtown, I am positive that downtown Indy would be so much more vibrant.
3. The city lacks any urban feeling. This city is way too spread out, and I told my sister when we drove in a neighborhood that was very close to downtown, that I could easliy mistaken this as a small town. It really does not feel like you are in a larger city. Not that Indy is big, but it is not small either.
4. Other than being in downtown, it seems you have to drive everywhere to get around.
1. The city has some beautiful memorials. I can't remember all the names, but they were all beautiful. Especially the memorial that had a circle drive. You can't even find anything like that in Chicago. I also love all the fountains that were around the memorials, simply beautiful.
2. The canals are way cool. Some dense housing surrounds the canal, which gives it a more urban feeling. Also you actually see people walking, as opposed to the rest of the city. Whoever came up with the idea of the canal simply did a good job.
3. As much as I don't like how spread out everything seems to be, there is a lot of green, which makes the city beautiful naturally. We drove around many neighboods around the city, and some were so beautiful.
If you are looking for a city that gives you an urban lifestyle, Indianapolis is not for you. If you are looking for a laid back city, that has a small town feel then it is for you. Personally I am a city guy, love the density and all that good stuff, so let's just say I don't think I would ever want to live there, but agian, different strokes for different folks, so to some people it might be exactly what they are looking for.