Sorry, Jennifer Long, the banjo music must be playing for your own inbred family!Sorry Indy... no matter how much you try you'll never be more than a pit stop.
It's hardly a metropolitan city or even a burgeoning metropolitan city, it's a full on sports-centric city. Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad things thing except the citizens of Indianapolis can't be bothered to leave the comfort of their tricked-out Barcoloungers (complete with side cooler storage and handy-dandy multiple remote caddies) to attend a game. Indianapolis tried the "If you build it they will come," approach and it didn't work.
The people of Indianapolis do two things well: sit in front of the TV and shop at Wal-Mart, or Keystone at the Crossing.
Alan Solomon WISHES that people were dining at Dunaways. St. Elmo's is so over-rated and not at all what it used to be, a long time ago, before we were all born. Nicky Blaine's is the one cool spot in a desert. Rathskellar, same. Mass Ave. appeals to so few. And Broadripple to too many, unfortunately, most of them backward hat wearing types and the bimbo's who love them.
It would be nice if someone read this article and then actually bought tickets to a show at Phoenix or came to see a jazz concert at the zoo. But they won't. It would mean actually leaving the comfy confines of the 'burbs.
In reality, Indianapolis is all about Applebee's and Chuck E. Cheese. If that is your idea of (manufactured) entertainment and good food then Indianapolis is your town. Load up on your snack foods and beer, park yer butt in front of the big screen and have at it.
OK... my final comment on how backward Indianapolis is. Their hope on revitalizing the state budget relies on lottery sales.
Cue the banjo's.
The city of Indianapolis has about 800,000 people and its metropolitan area 2 million, which though certainly smaller than Chicago, makes Indianapolis far more than a "pit stop" under anyone's definition.
Obviously, you got dumped or something by your boyfriend/girlfriend in Indianapolis and this sad experience has engender all your nasty feelings toward the city; however, your ridiculous comments are so far off base that they are truly humorous.
Your comments about Wal-Mart and Applebee's and other chains are especially funny since, last time I checked, you can find those same chain restaurants and stores in Chicago and just about any other major city--even San Francisco, one of the most anti-chain store cities in the country, has its fair share of chains (from Starbucks to Best Buy).
Indianapolis has several beautiful neighborhoods filled with lovely and well-maintained homes, a host of cultural amenities--including one of the top ten art museums in the country, numerous "non-chain" and critically praised restaurants, several theatres and arts organizations, and many unique bars and clubs to complement its interesting nightlife. It also is the most affordable major metropolitan area in the nation. In short, Indianapolis is a great city and beats out a lot of its peer cities and even some larger cities in many categories.
Jen, no one is saying you have to live Indianapolis or even like it, but your hysterical lies and silly insults about the city just make you look foolish and prevent anyone from taking you seriously.
I would suggest you avoid future news commentary and instead keep practicing your banjo.