Anyone who knows or lives in Indianapolis, IN can tell you it is like a big city with a little city inside. It isn’t that everyone knows one another; it is just that you are probably one step away from knowing everyone. For a city of almost 900,000 people, it is the 14th largest city in the country, and that is saying something. Despite being the crossroads of America, Indianapolis is home to another 1.5 million people in its entire metro area.
Indianapolis is known for its Mile Square grid which the city eventually grew out of. It is marked by four diagonal streets which intersect in the center of the business district called Monument Square. The square is punctuated by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, a tall tower reminiscent of the obelisks that dot the European continent but with its own unique architectural spin.
From the north, I-65 winds its way through Indiana and continues its flow through Louisville. I-74 connects Indiana to Illinois on the west and Ohio on the east as does I-70. I-69 also connect Indy to Ft Wayne and on to Lansing, Michigan.
Indianapolis is located in what is affectionately referred to as tornado alley in the Midwest. Spring and fall weather systems that pass through the center of the country invariably impact Indianapolis with power outages, flooding from area rivers and high winds. Winter driving is similarly impacted due to the city’s location which is frequently on a dividing line between snow and ice.
The has always fancied itself as a sports destination. Indeed, with the number one race car attraction in the U.S., the Indy 500, that is probably not far from the truth. Recently, a pro football team, the Colts, moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis. And of course, there is professional basketball. The state is renown for their basketball teams with the University of Indiana, in nearby Bloomington, a perennial top-ranked college team.
The election of 2016 has seen Indiana Governor Mike Pence get the nod as a vice presidential candidate. As the state capital of Indiana, Indianapolis is no stranger to Governor Pence and a host of partisan politics.