I know there's more than corn in Indiana, I just don't care.
April 6, 2012 9:33 AM Subscribe
What, if any, are the good qualities of Indianapolis, Indiana?
As a former resident, born and bred, who spent the majority of my life there, I've never liked Indianapolis. Now, the yearly family visit looms. How can I make the best of my time there?
I really don't want to dislike Indianapolis, but the soul-crushing consumerism, sports mania, conservative political climate and terrible public services always made feel pretty bleak in the past. Thinking about going back always makes me want to run the other way, but I stick it out for my family.
I've seen and done all the popular things, I'm familiar with most of the city and suburbs, I've done the day trips. On top of that, the few treasured places I had are gone or gutted, or have been turned into shiny, soulless shells of the places they once were, IMO (Children's Museum, Central Library, IMA).
Is there some amazing place or annual event that I've overlooked? An area that's become a highlight of culture in the last 10 years? A swathe of new, exciting restaurants? Some hidden gem that's always been there that I previously never had the money or means to access? Historical tours? Secret hideaways? Anything? Or will I be reduced to an internet-dwelling hermit while not with my family?