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Nice pics. WHile looking at them, though I realized that Indy and so many of the cities its size really lack any distinguishing landmarks in their skylines, as there are in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and other big cities.
Thanks for those. I've been back to Indy twice now since my brother lives and teaches there. My first visit I was truly impressed with the City. Probably one of the best kept secrets in the midwest. The downtown area seems to be on the rebound, the NCAA Hall of Fame, the Museum and IMAX, the 'creek walk' area around the Capital........was truly impressed.
Also, the Broad Ripple area was also great. Bobby Plumps, Bazbeux's, shave ice on the MONON, etc.
great picks of a great place.........except the humidity......
(ex-Hoosier here) I don't know if I agree, Cardinal. Monument Circle, the capital, etc create some distinctiveness in the skyline.
International style boxes look the same everywhere. Heck, except for a couple of buildings, San Francisco's skyline, as a skyline in isolation, is quite boring. Way too many 70s boxes. (I really like a few of the newer buildings, though.) Of course, you see the skyline from the Bay Bridge, and it looks pretty fine. Indy does not have that advantage (central Indiana is not known for distinctive topography ) But, Indianapolis is overall better administered than many cities (no bizarro left wing politics, no huge encampments of the lost souls like most West Coast cities have).
Nice pics, but you left out the best part, Monument Circle!!
I love Indy. I had much of my family migrate from the south to Anderson Indiana a few generations ago and most of their children, my cousins, have migrated to Indy. What a fun town. The races, Broad Ripple, ice skating on the Circle, the Circle Mall, and some neat pocket urban neighborhoods.
I have never lived there, but love the city when I visit. I was at a MainStreet conference there a few years back and went to a really cool martini club in a stone basement downtown. Have you been there? I don’t remember the name but could find out if you want to know.
The other thing I liked about Indy was the prevalence of brick residential architecture. I find most (not SF-which has a lot of wooden houses) midwestern wooden vernacular neighborhoods somewhat depressing (see the Buffalo thread). Unless they are kept up immaculately, they can look very shabby very quickly (That's why I don't like Seattle very much from a residential architecture standpoint, it looks like a midwestern factory town housing stock.)
I was also very impressed with the Circle Center. Sure it's a mall, and from the sidelines living in a mild west coast climatge, its easily to dismiss it. But, downtown Indy was hopping when I was there at night-and the mall was quite attractively designed in a neo-Victorian vernacular.