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Whers's the bus system? - 5/16/2007
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Indianapolis, IN

Blandianapolis - America's largest suburb striving - 5/25/2015

I've read the comments dating back to Feb 2006 and, after having lived in Indy for the last 41 years, all of the critical analysis is spot on. Wanted to offer a current perspective given 2015 events, i.e. RFRA Indiana - indicative of the underlying mind set of this god-forsaken hick state and town. RFRA just put it in plain view for everyone to see. First of all, Indianapolis is not a city. It is a town. A large, small town. America's largest suburb, if you will, with few real city-like amenities. It thinks and behaves like a small town that wants to be taken seriously and known as a city. One could easily see and experience all there is to do in a weekend and wouldn't feel the need to return to Indy. But like many have pointed out, YES, you would have to SEARCH for it. (But who wants to have to search high and low for something to do? Shouldn't the 'things to do' be searching for the people?) Anyway, I digress. My 2 teenagers are constantly bored and, having traveled a lot, notice the contrast when we return home. We are all looking forward to moving soon. In fact, to achieve '12th largest city' status, Indy cheats by using #'s from surrounding suburbs to reach the 850k+/- residents to become 12th largest city. What a joke. So if you come from a small town and want a small town feel but with a lot more land mass (but without natural amenities such as water, hills, mountains, beaches, etc) then you'll probably like Indy. Maybe. If Indy were a suburb outside of a major city like Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, D.C., Philly, San Fran, NYC, etc, then it would be great. But it's not. For the sake of comparison I'd argue that Denver (comparable size) behaves like a small big-city and is surrounded by a variety of suburbs that are similar to Indy. When faced with opportunities to behave like a city, local government and the good ol boys turn it down in the name of either fiscal responsibility, family-values or christianity. Indianapolis hates new taxes, even for things that improve quality of life, but local govt seems to love to privatize and sell off assets like parking meters and toll roads to pay for stuff. With regard to cost of living everyone keeps making a fuss about... it's like making the case for shopping at Wal-mart vs. Macy's. Sure, its' cheap. But it's cheap for a reason. Because there's nothing to do and you get what you pay for! A bunch of nothing... and a drab low quality lifestyle. Indy is miserably BORING, bland and offers very little to do outside of ones home. If you are an independent thinker, don't come here. If you are single and under 40, don't come here. The singles scene is virtually non-existent. If you are talented and are looking to flourish in your career, don't come here. If you are artistic, don't come here. If you're an entrepreneur, don't come here. If you're a creative and an independent thinker, don't come here. If you want to raise a family AND have a balanced life outside of family stuff, don't come here. There are better cities to raise a family with suburbs like Indy. In fairness, some of the criticism is relative, as Indy appeals well to a very slim demographic and if you happen to be in that demo (white, 40-75 y.o., from a small town, very conservative, slow-thinking, slow moving, despise change and progressive thought, little fashion sense, simple minded, group thinker, low ambition, moderate to heavy drinker, smoker, ultra-suburban family oriented, out of shape, and hate exercise, homebody or in witness protection) then Indy is perfect for you!! You'll love it here! But if you're outside that demo (like most of America who wants some flavor and quality of life while on earth) you'll go crazy in Indy. In fact, even if I were in the demo Indy tries to appeal to, I'd beg for MUCH MORE. This is a city striving for mediocrity that prides itself on blandness, plainness and cornfields like some bad joke. Consider the name of the suburbs Plainfield, Westfield, Whiteland, New Whiteland, Whitestown, Knightstown, etc. And you're a racist or homophobic you'll feel right at home here. (The KKK had/has huge support in Indiana). There were public lynchings as recent as the 60's and my friend was hung in the 90's for dating a white woman. They roll up the streets up around 8 or 9pm and everything closes.. so forget about life outside of your home after that. Sunday's everything closes earlier due to the Bible and religion. No liquor sales on Sunday and stores all close at 5 or 6p. You can't even buy alcohol on game day for the only thing most people worship around here - the Colts. The city-like amenities Indy does have were reluctantly and slowly developed several years after being adopted by most of America (Naptown naps on trends). Not to mention the long standing pattern of major national acts cancelling their Indy tour dates. This dates back decades and in part has something to do with apathetic orchestral-like audiences who just stare at the performers. Simply put, there is nothing progressive, hip, cool, sophisticated or colorful about Indianapolis. Those who find this city 'cool' were the 'not so cool' kids in school who fit right in here. The cool ones mostly moved away to more congruent cities across the country that reflect the way America looks, feels and behaves. This is the land of pastel buildings and trees - lots of them. Trees and more trees. They even frown on billboards here with ordinances banning them. When compared to other (mostly smaller midwest cities) Indy is ok. When compared to real cities, Indy pales miserably in comparison.

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Steverino
Indianapolis, IN

America's Truckstop - 4/17/2015

You've probably read the Chamber of Commerce stuff about Indy, the Livabilty article that ranks our downtown as the third best in the country, etc. Don't be fooled. Let's dissect this nonsense. Super Bowl - The Super Bowl is awarded to cities that extort money from the taxpayers to build stadiums. Detroit has had two. Minneapolis is about to have two. Houston has had two. Who hasn't had a Super Bowl? Denver, for starters. Neither has Seattle. You'd have to be on drugs to think that Indianapolis is half the city of Denver or Seattle. But They Said We Were Great - This is repeated ad nauseous in Indy, a town so incredibly insecure that it actually cares what visitors think of it. New York couldn't care less what visitors think. San Francisco couldn't care less. Even San Antonio, Indy's demographic twin, couldn't care less what people think because the people who live in these cities know they're fabulous. Indy is like the ugly girl that constantly needs to be told she's pretty. She's not. They're lying. Silicon Beanfield - Indy so wants to be a tech hotbed. We have ExactTarget, aka Salesforce. We also have Angie's List and ChaCha. Now, if you know anything about tech you know that ET is an email company. Email was hot in 1988. Now, so much. Angie's List is a scam and ChaCha is gone. Indy is about as far from a tech city as one could possibly be and still call planet Earth home. Downtown - This city continues to pour money into downtown why I do not know. Downtown was important before this thing called the internet but not so much any more. The ugly little secret is that most Indy based businesses have fled downtown to Hamilton County. All that's left is city and state government. Circle Center Mall is down to 1 anchor and they're being paid to stay. The GM stamping plant is going to become a two billion jail, even though these same clowns that boost downtown said it was a valuable piece of land that would be snatched up. Yeah, that's why they're putting a jail on it. Sportstown USA - Stadiumville is more like it. The city has let the neighborhoods decay. They can't fill a pothole. Crime is off the charts and yet every time we turn around Ballard and Company are giving millions to another conman to build another stadium that will sit empty. You would have to be crazy to invest your money in such a city. I could go on, but instead I'm gonna issue a challenge to EB. Here's the deal, son. Rebut my points. I've already acknowledged that I'm a vile troll, so you don't have to repeat yourself. Just tell me where I'm wrong. Don't repeat the garbage about affordability. We all know it's affordable, mostly because NOBODY WANTS TO BE HERE. The Mojave Desert is also affordable. So rebut my points if you can. I'm guessing you can't. Indy is America's truckstop, a great place to stop and use the restroom while heading elsewhere. Beyond that, there's no reason to be here.

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Alex
Indianapolis, IN

Don’t Believe the PR Hype - 2/21/2015

I am a native Hoosier that left once but didn’t have the good sense to stay away after living in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. I came back to Indianapolis 16 years ago and have increasingly regretted it ever since. Begrudgingly, I will admit there are a few pluses to the place: cheap housing, low traffic for a city this size, a few nice parks, the downtown canal/White River Park area, good hospitals and a moderate amount of cultural activities (museums, theaters, concert halls). There are lots of sports if you’re into that, but the city consistently spends money on subsidies and new stadiums before they spend it on things I’d rather my taxes pay for, like schools, first responders, sewers, roads and (heaven forbid) the arts. The negatives: 1) Crime is awful. The per capita murder and violent crime rates are as bad as Chicago. There are a few really terrible pockets on the East and North sides, but random assaults, shootings and home invasions are rapidly spreading to previously “safe” neighborhoods. 2) Public transportation is useless. Almost every bus route goes straight north/south or east/west, requiring a downtown transfer, resulting in trips of 20 minutes taking 2+ hours. Taxi service is limited. 3) The weather is depressing. Hot, humid, cloudy summers and cold, gray, snowy winters (with very poor road maintenance). 4) Insanely conservative. This is basically a northern extension of the Bible belt. Close-mindedness, racism, misogyny and homophobia galore. 5) Dismal public education and lack of interest in funding or managing it properly. 6) The city and state are run by despot Tea-party politicians. Forget any type of forward-thinking or reasonable discourse on any issues, but it doesn’t really matter because 110% of people here complain while only 20% vote. 7) Don’t even think about coming here if you’re LGBT, especially if you’re single. Despite some feel-good resolutions by the city council, this is a highly discriminatory and lonely place. There is no visible community, social activities or places to date unless you want to go to one of a few dank bars. After trying to talk myself into making do with what I have, I am seriously making plans to get out of here. Some people do find it an OK place, but do some extensive homework. This city is not what the marketing say it is.

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Ralph
Indianapolis, IN

Stuck in In-duh-naaaa-plus - 2/15/2015

Most people who live in Indy can't even say Indianapolis, let alone spell it. There are too many syllables for the average Hoosier, so they call it Indy (as if) or In-duh-na-plus if they're really willing to make an effort. It's the people that are the problem with this place and it doesn't really matter how many more stadiums they build, it's never going to change. It's as if the clock stopped in 1973. People are mean, nasty and bitter. It drives them absolutely crazy if you point out, for example, that if Indy was so great there wouldn't be thousands of abandoned houses. They pretend they can't here that stuff because this is an up and coming place, by golly and Chicago better be careful because we're catching them. Uh, no. It's not great here. It's awful. It's depressing. It's sad, unless you think a Pacers game topped by a meal at Buffalo Wild Wings is the cat's meow. If so, this is heaven. Indy leaders, and I use the term loosely, think that the solution to every problem is to subsidize a billionaire sports owner and build something downtown. Of course, this is exactly what Detroit and St. Louis have done and look how it's worked out for them. Indy is crime infested. Large swatch are completely abandoned. People are unable to think independently. They follow each other. They all think alike. They don't like new ideas. They don't like independent thought. It is like being trapped in a never ending high school where everyone wants to be like the popular kids. Take mass transit. Indy has none, but Indy has no traffic either. When there's a construction project on a major road they close the road down and nobody notices. Why would you spend a billion dollars on trains in a city with no traffic? Short answer: You wouldn't except all the really cool cities (popular kids) have trains and so Indy (most definitely NOT a cool city) wants trains too. That's Indy, in a nutshell. If you're the kind of person who doesn't like to think independently, move here, buy a Colts jersey, drink yourself into a stupor every Friday and Saturday night, wax endlessly about downtown and the brewpub scene and Mass Ave and you'll fit in fine. If, on the other hand, you can string two thoughts together, run (do not walk) away from this dump as quickly as possible.

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Christopher
Silver Spring, MD

Indianapolis SUCKS and it is good for families an - 1/29/2015

I must tell you about my experience in Indianapolis where I lived there for two years. Indianapolis is the worst city I ever experienced living there. Why? Because it is a good city for families and religion worshippers. Downtown is cool and nice, but outside downtown, forget it! Lots of run-down houses, lots of backward lifestyles, and lots of "1970" and "early 1980's" people with their hairdos and clothes. There were not many things to do actively around the city. The city made me depressed and unhappy for two years and finally moved back to Washington, DC in 2001 where many positive things have made me very happy in Washington, DC. Myself as a gay man, the gay scene there really SUCKS! Only 2 to 3 blocks in a gay community and it also is a very small which is not like Boystown in Chicago, Castro in San Francisco, DuPont Circle in Washington, DC and other cities, that is it. It was very hard for me to meet and make new friends there. Not worth it. If you are a gay, please do NOT move to Indianapolis, trust me. If you have a family, then it is good for the kids there. As for the religion worshippers, it is good for them because the city has a blue law which I hated it at most and the blue law always makes the city very dead - just like a sleepy city. The last bus services are around 11 PM to 11:30 PM on weekends (Saturday and Sunday nights) and all I was to take a cab home from the downtown that cost me around $20 plus $2 to $3 as a tip comparing to the bus fare that cost me around $1.50. The bus system to me was okay, I guess. The Circle Centre shopping mall in downtown and Indianapolis Speeding racing place are wonderful places to be visited, but more than, NOTHING ELSE TO DO AROUND the city there. Yes, you, of course, can come to visit there which is fine, but moving there, FORGET IT or you will agree with me for sure. Yes, the crimes there were high while I was living there for two years. Bloomington, IN, the home of Indiana University is better than Indianapolis because of beautiful environment, but it is about an hour to drive each way. My old boyfriend has lived in Bloomington all his life, but it was not my thing there.

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Christopher
Silver Spring, MD

Indianapolis SUCKS and it is good for families an - 1/29/2015

I must tell you about my experience in Indianapolis where I lived there for two years. Indianapolis is the worst city I ever experienced living there. Why? Because it is a good city for families and religion worshippers. Downtown is cool and nice, but outside downtown, forget it! Lots of run-down houses, lots of backward lifestyles, and lots of "1970" and "early 1980's" people with their hairdos and clothes. There were not many things to do actively around the city. The city made me depressed and unhappy for two years and finally moved back to Washington, DC in 2001 where many positive things have made me very happy in Washington, DC. Myself as a gay man, the gay scene there really SUCKS! Only 2 to 3 blocks in a gay community and it also is a very small which is not like Boystown in Chicago, Castro in San Francisco, DuPont Circle in Washington, DC and other cities, that is it. It was very hard for me to meet and make new friends there. Not worth it. If you are a gay, please do NOT move to Indianapolis, trust me. If you have a family, then it is good for the kids there. As for the religion worshippers, it is good for them because the city has a blue law which I hated it at most and the blue law always makes the city very dead - just like a sleepy city. The last bus services are around 11 PM to 11:30 PM on weekends (Saturday and Sunday nights) and all I was to take a cab home from the downtown that cost me around $20 plus $2 to $3 as a tip comparing to the bus fare that cost me around $1.50. The bus system to me was okay, I guess. The Circle Centre shopping mall in downtown and Indianapolis Speeding racing place are wonderful places to be visited, but more than, NOTHING ELSE TO DO AROUND the city there. Yes, you, of course, can come to visit there which is fine, but moving there, FORGET IT or you will agree with me for sure. Yes, the crimes there were high while I was living there for two years. Bloomington, IN, the home of Indiana University is better than Indianapolis because of beautiful environment, but it is about an hour to drive each way. My old boyfriend has lived in Bloomington all his life, but it was not my thing there.

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EB
Indianapolis, IN

Indy is a great city to live in - 1/20/2015

Contrary to some of the vile trolls on this website that have no idea what they are talking about with their hugely off base comments Indy is a great city to live in. Indianapolis is the nations most affordable big city and is one of the most underrated in the country. The Downtown is super clean and ranked as one of the best in the nation according to livability and other reviewers. Downtown Indy is very affordable too and Indianapolis has the lowest cost of living of any big city and the most affordable housing market. Low taxes, tons of jobs and opportunity, tons of events and cultural festivities downtown for everyone to enjoy. massive sporting events and conventions such as Gen Con and the Indy 500. Super bowl 46 was held in Indianapolis and over 99% of the people that came had a very positive impression of the city. Indy is the fastest growing city in the midwest and in the top 15 fastest growing cities in the united states. This is due in part to its aggressive economic growth strategy and being one of the best cities in the country to start or do business in.

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James
Zionsville, IN

don't come here - 12/13/2014

Having lived on the west coast, north east and mid atlantic areas, I have experienced life in multiple settings. Indianapolis is the only place I have ever lived that seemed to offer almost nothing positive. The negatives far outweighs any positive. Will be retiring soon and getting out of here ASAP. In summary: Pros: traffic isn't terrible Cons: crime is horrendous, interest in sports far exceeds interest in academics, homogenous suburbs with cookie cutter housing developments, no outdoor recreation, unfriendly people, public schools are dismal, people are uninteresting, lack of racial diversity, racism, damp nasty climate (miserably hot in summer and damp, cold, bland winters), most people you meet were born in indiana and have never left nor shown any interest in other areas, vacuous materialism in the suburbs, lack of progressive views about women (still refer to female employees as "girls"), hyper religious…...

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Barry
Atascadero, CA

Indianapolis, most depressing city I've ever lived - 12/1/2014

I moved from a fairly large city in Europe to Indianapolis 4 years ago. Initially I quiet liked the city. Driving downtown surely is easy. Rush hour in Indy was as crowded as my old city in Europe was on a Sunday evening. There are also some pretty buildings downtown and the canal is a nice place for a summer evening stroll. There are some nice restaurants if you know what to look for and there also is some hipness as far as organic food availability and healthy choices for organic food buying it straight from the farms. The people I found to be quiet nice and helpful, especially in the church community. My biggest disappointment with Indy is the lack of natural beauty. There are some local parks like Eagle Creek and Harrison park on the East side. But if you do not live near any of these places, you will not find any green place to walk your dog or enjoy nature. It's a concrete jungle. And to get to anything green, you'll have to scale the freeways (the crossroads of America) for a long drive to get there. The air quality is horrific. Then the weather: it is humid and beastly hot or arctic cold. I love being outside but found myself being cooped up in the house for most of the year because of the weather. Either too hot or too cold. And if the weather allowed it, there's really not much to do. Like someone else said, unless you're into sports and car racing, there's really not much to do. It's flat, so no sledding or skiing. The roads are terrible in the winter time. They do not get de-iced. My kids have been in several school bus accidents in the past couple of years. We lived on the south side which is full of low income trashy people. The water is horrible as well. Until I found a natural spring on the north side of the city which has water that tastes amazing. Lots of people go fill containers there with natural spring water. I was a fitness instructor by trade when living in Europe but I got fat and depressed from living in Indianapolis. I will never live there again. I am now fortunate enough to live on the central coast of California. Life is absolutely great here. If you don't care too much about living near anywhere with natural beauty or scenery and if you don't mind extreme weather, this might be the place for you. Yes it is affordable and there are things to do since it's a fairly large city. But I'd much rather be in my teeny tiny town on the central coast of California where the scenery is beautiful and there are tons of outdoor activities to do.

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Alan
Seattle, WA

I HATE Indianapolis - 11/30/2014

I've never been so unhappy in my life. I'm a 30 yr old male and should be living adventures like my father did in the 70s. But I'm living a hell in the dumbest state state of our nation: Indiana. 1. Indianapolis STINKS literally - I smell SEWAGE in the summer while walking around 38th street and Meridian daily. Weird smells throughout the city - 465 and Michigan Rd exit is another one. 2. The public transportation sucks and you'll need a polluting car! After 9 months of job searching I got an offer with a salary $9K less than my first job and am couple of grand above low income and that's with a accredited university degree and fortune 20 experience - but I'm black. 3. The city is racist toward black men - even the whores on backpage.com repeatedly say NO BLACK MEN in their ads. It's absurd and makes me want to stab someone deeply. I haven't had a sensual escapade since I moved here nearly 2 years ago. My father recently told me these are the times of hatred and I believe him without a doubt. And surprisingly the hatred is coming from white and black females. Personally, all would be forgiven if cannabis was legalized in this hellish state - hate me all you want but at least allow me to medicate/heal myself from all the bullshit I have to tolerate in this city. Does an angry black man really need alcohol? I'm too angry to type anymore - but I have one last F**K Indiana.

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Alan
Seattle, WA

I HATE Indianapolis - 11/30/2014

I've never been so unhappy in my life. I'm a 30 yr old male and should be living adventures like my father did in the 70s. But I'm living a hell in the dumbest state state of our nation: Indiana. 1. Indianapolis STINKS literally - I smell SEWAGE in the summer while walking around 38th street and Meridian daily. Weird smells throughout the city - 465 and Michigan Rd exit is another one. 2. The public transportation sucks and you'll need a polluting car! After 9 months of job searching I got an offer with a salary $9K less than my first job and am couple of grand above low income and that's with a accredited university degree and fortune 20 experience - but I'm black. 3. The city is racist toward black men - even the whores on backpage.com repeatedly say NO BLACK MEN in their ads. It's absurd and makes me want to stab someone deeply. I haven't had a sensual escapade since I moved here nearly 2 years ago. My father recently told me these are the times of hatred and I believe him without a doubt. And surprisingly the hatred is coming from white and black females. Personally, all would be forgiven if cannabis was legalized in this hellish state - hate me all you want but at least allow me to medicate/heal myself from all the bullshit I have to tolerate in this city. Does an angry black man really need alcohol? I'm too angry to type anymore - but I have one last F**K Indiana.

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Alan
Seattle, WA

I HATE Indianapolis - 11/30/2014

I've never been so unhappy in my life. I'm a 30 yr old male and should be living adventures like my father did in the 70s. But I'm living a hell in the dumbest state state of our nation: Indiana. 1. Indianapolis STINKS literally - I smell SEWAGE in the summer while walking around 38th street and Meridian daily. Weird smells throughout the city - 465 and Michigan Rd exit is another one. 2. The public transportation sucks and you'll need a polluting car! After 9 months of job searching I got an offer with a salary $9K less than my first job and am couple of grand above low income and that's with a accredited university degree and fortune 20 experience - but I'm black. 3. The city is racist toward black men - even the whores on backpage.com repeatedly say NO BLACK MEN in their ads. It's absurd and makes me want to stab someone deeply. I haven't had a sensual escapade since I moved here nearly 2 years ago. My father recently told me these are the times of hatred and I believe him without a doubt. And surprisingly the hatred is coming from white and black females. Personally, all would be forgiven if cannabis was legalized in this hellish state - hate me all you want but at least allow me to medicate/heal myself from all the bullshit I have to tolerate in this city. Does an angry black man really need alcohol? I'm too angry to type anymore - but I have one last F**K Indiana.

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Alan
Seattle, WA

I HATE Indianapolis - 11/30/2014

I've never been so unhappy in my life. I'm a 30 yr old male and should be living adventures like my father did in the 70s. But I'm living a hell in the dumbest state state of our nation: Indiana. 1. Indianapolis STINKS literally - I smell SEWAGE in the summer while walking around 38th street and Meridian daily. Weird smells throughout the city - 465 and Michigan Rd exit is another one. 2. The public transportation sucks and you'll need a polluting car! After 9 months of job searching I got an offer with a salary $9K less than my first job and am couple of grand above low income and that's with a accredited university degree and fortune 20 experience - but I'm black. 3. The city is racist toward black men - even the whores on backpage.com repeatedly say NO BLACK MEN in their ads. It's absurd and makes me want to stab someone deeply. I haven't had a sensual escapade since I moved here nearly 2 years ago. My father recently told me these are the times of hatred and I believe him without a doubt. And surprisingly the hatred is coming from white and black females. Personally, all would be forgiven if cannabis was legalized in this hellish state - hate me all you want but at least allow me to medicate/heal myself from all the bullshit I have to tolerate in this city. Does an angry black man really need alcohol? I'm too angry to type anymore - but I have one last F**K Indiana.

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Barnaby
Phoenix, AZ

Dreadful place to live for me, but lots of people - 11/11/2014

I've lived all over the country, and have a pretty open mind and free spirit, willing to try anything once. About two years ago I moved to Indianapolis for a job, and I will share my opinions here. The crime is ridiculous. Twice as much crime and half as many police as anywhere I have ever lived. This is not hyperbole, I did some research, and it is generally true. Home invasion robberies, murders, dead bodies left in alleys. It's shocking how frequent, often, and how close to home it hits no matter where you live. Some areas are worse than others, but no areas are truly safe. The natives I know and work with tell me that's just the way it is, what are you going to do. Move, I guess? Horrible climate. Humidity galore. Humid in the summer, humid in the fall, humid in the winter, etc. Like there will be days when it's not raining but it will be 99% humidity. It's very unpleasant. It leads to cold days feeling much colder, and hot days feeling much hotter. It's like trying to breathe underwater sometimes, the air is so thick and wet. And one of the side effects of all the humidity is that when I first moved here, I noticed everywhere smelled like a wet basement. You get used to it after a while and don't notice it so much, but there's a dampness and mildew smell that exists all over, even in buildings you think are modern and upscale. Then there are the tornadoes, thunder storms, and bitter, horribly cold winters. Bugs. So many bugs. I have never seen such a variety of insects in my life, and so many. And so huge! Gross. Unless you like lots of bugs. I had an insect on my windshield once the size of a parakeet, he was making eye contact with me. So of course I couldn't kill it. Another one was living in my basement on the ceiling next to the washing machine and would wag his tail when I would go downstairs to do laundry, couldn't kill him either, but still, would prefer not to share my life with so many insects. Indy is not a particularly attractive city. It's mostly flat, a few muddy brown rivers here and there. There are a few blocks of downtown that are okay. Zionsville has a few blocks of coolness to it. Broad Ripple tries to be hip, but really it never will be as long as it continues to stay loaded down with chain restaurants. The suburbs like Fishers are so boring I would die if I had to live there for more than a week. Plain vanilla houses in plain vanilla subdivisions surrounded by plain flatness and strip malls. Weak infrastructure - bad roads, potholes of death (seriously a police officer died last year running their motorcycle into a pothole). Government that prides itself on being fiscally conservative - which means they don't spend money on pesky things like roads, police, or public transportation. Public transportation - virtually non-existent. I have seen a couple busses here and there. But just for curiosity I looked up the bus routes to see what it would take for me to get to work on the bus - 2 1/2 hours, each way, and about 1 mile of walking in between but stops. This is to go 10 miles, which takes 22 minutes by car. Very few dog parks, and the ones that do exist you have to pay to use. Not very good food selections. As an example, everyone raves about this one pizza place as having the best pizza in the world, to die for. I have tried it a few times, and yuck. Tastes like a saltine cracker with tomato paste on it. Lots of chain restaurants if that's your thing. Tons of deep fried foods everywhere and things covered with cheese or cheese facsimile. Pork tenderloin is an example of a local food that people claim to be very "Indiana". It's basically a deep fried, heavily breaded piece of thin pork the size of which Fred Flintstone might order, it is generally 3 times as large as the bun on which it is served. Usually with a side of fries. Did I mention many people in Indiana are double extra large. Yes, if you're a little chunky, you won't feel self conscious in Indiana. People around here aren't afraid to eat fatty foods, drink like a fish, and then eat some more fatty foods, and wash it down with even more booze. The stereotypical big American can be found here for sure. Shopping not very good. Like for example, they do have a Nordstrom, but it's the saddest one I have ever seen in my life. Limited selection and fashions that are specially selected for people who are afraid of being too fashion forward. When I first moved and wanted to buy furniture, it was really hard to find anything modern, contemporary, and moderately upscale. One furniture salesman said "You're in Indiana, you can't get what you want, they don't sell it here". I think I'm pretty conservative, but I guess even my moderate tastes are too wild for Indiana. Very gun friendly state. You need one to protect yourself from all the crime. Seriously. Not exaggerating. If one of your hobbies is protesting at women's clinics, good news, you're in luck, you will find plenty of people to join you, from what I can tell. And if you want to go to church, good news there too. I think there's 1 church for every 4 residents. They're everywhere. Not a lot of diversity in Indiana. You're either white (about 64%) or african american (about 34%), and then a teeny, tiny smattering of others scattered about. Best things I can think of about Indianapolis are: Housing prices - dirt cheap. You get the biggest bang for your buck here, it's absolutely amazing. Mostly that has to do with the fact it's not a very desirable place to live, so it's very, very affordable. For the price of a 1 bedroom condo in my hometown, I could buy a 6,000 square foot house on 1 acre of property in Indianapolis. Family friendly - you can afford to buy a house big enough for your family to fit in and some left over to take them to do fun things. The people I know who live here who are super family oriented seem to do well and like it. Traffic - very light. Lots of wide freeways with hardly any cars on them, except during road construction, then it can get congested. But coming from a bunch of other large cities, traffic in Indianapolis is an absolute breeze. I'm sorry Indianapolis, I tried to be fair and write lots of good stuff. But there's just too much crime, unpleasant weather, very little natural beauty, lack of diversity in all things. What I notice is that many, many people I work with were born here, raised here, went to college here, and shockingly many of these college educated adults have never even left the state before. They have no point of reference for life outside of Indiana. So for them, it's cool. For someone like me who has been all over, just not quite the right fit.

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EB
Indianapolis, IN

Indy is very underrated - 11/10/2014

Indianapolis is the nations most affordable big city and is one of the most underrated in the country. The Downtown is super clean and ranked as one of the best in the nation according to livability and other reviewers. Downtown Indy is very affordable too and Indianapolis has the lowest cost of living of any big city and the most affordable housing market. Low taxes, tons of jobs and opportunity, tons of events and cultural festivities downtown for everyone to enjoy. massive sporting events and conventions such as Gen Con and the Indy 500. Super bowl 46 was held in Indianapolis and over 99% of the people that came had a very positive impression of the city. Indy is the fastest growing city in the midwest and in the top 15 fastest growing cities in the united states. This is due in part to its aggressive economic growth strategy and being one of the best cities in the country to start or do business in.

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Ira
San Marcos, TX

Indianapolis is just awful - 10/11/2014

I moved to Indianapolis based on glowing reviews I read online. Silly me. This city is a failure by any reasonable measure. It does a good job of managing its online image. It does a poor job of just about everything else. People here love to go on and on about downtown, and they'e done a lot of building there, but downtown is surrounded by crime-infested and largely abandoned neighborhoods. These are dangerous places that you have to drive through to get downtown. The population of Center Township is less than 50% of what it was in 1950. Two of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America are located just north of downtown. The east side is a war zone. Infrastructure is crumbling. Nobody seems to care. There are new stadiums and national chain restaurants downtown but the mall that everyone talks about is failing. Nordstroms has closed down, and the local newspaper and a for profit college have moved in. Does that sound like a thriving retail scene? Locals prattle on endlessly about the local microbrew scene. They claim to be a national leader, but most don't realize that the microbrew revolution happened like 30 years ago in places like Portland and Denver. It seems like everything happens in Indy about 30 years after it happens someplace else. Take Jack in the Box, for example. Not long ago, Jack in the Box opened their first local franchise. Locals lined up around the block...to go to Jack in the Box. That's Indy. This is supposed to be Sportstown USA, but even the 2 local pro franchises have trouble selling out. Locals are proud of the fact that they have bought more NFL jerseys than people in any other city. Yeah, that's something to be proud of, if you are a conformist and just want to follow the crowd. Indy might possibly be the worst city in America. I am counting the days until I leave. I no longer care where I go next, as long as it is far from here. I honestly don't know what people who post positive comments see about this place that I'm missing. Heaven knows I've tried to like it, but there's nothing here to like. It's a miserable little place full of people who all think alike, and I can't wait to get out of here.

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patti
Indianapolis, IN

Water Quality - 4/11/2014

Have lived all over the United States, never had such poor quality of water in all the communities surrounding this city. People are not friendly. Not much for transportation, especially for those who do not drive. We are anxious to move, but looking for the best place to over the qualities we need.

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T
Indianapolis, IN

Large City but ran very small - 2/26/2014

Indianapolis is a large city but governed as if it is a very small town. Many times the city was closed because of weather conditions. Not clearing streets or highways. No reliable public transportation. When you speak with people who are natives of Indianapolis many do not see it as a large growing city needing public transportation or advancing like a larger city. People from here want to keep it small. It lacks diversity. Also many times people from here see diversity as how people think only but not necessarily culture differences. Many young people leave and do not come back. With this said, great sport teams and great place to raise your children. Being an African American, we do not plan on staying because of the lack of opportunities and growth. Also, I'm originally from a larger area and I enjoy public transportation and living in a busy city. Diversity is important.

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christine
Portland, OR

indyanoplacetolive - 2/18/2014

I lived in Indy for 20 something years before escaping.I got stuck their when I married.His classic redneck family from indy was clannish.I l cut to the chase...bad school.. great if your trying to raise dropouts and thugs. the poor neighoods their are crime ridden constant shottings stabbings rape break ins.The mentality their is a bunch of fat ugly rednecks men and the women who put up with their ....Who cares how cheap it is to live...youll just spend it fixing your vandalized car or what everelse was stolen.The slum lords on the neareast and southside need to be run out of town roaches rodents fleas dog dodo.I left that uglybutt boring town I live in Portland Or now and I can tell you you can find a two bedroom decent place here for 700 750 if you know where to look.Spend the extra 100 bucks..to live in a Much better place.Left the hillbilly haters behind yuck run from their......

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christine
Portland, OR

indyanoplacetolive - 2/18/2014

I lived in Indy for 20 something years before escaping.I got stuck their when I married.His classic redneck family from indy was clannish.I l cut to the chase...bad school.. great if your trying to raise dropouts and thugs. the poor neighoods their are crime ridden constant shottings stabbings rape break ins.The mentality their is a bunch of fat ugly rednecks men and the women who put up with their ....Who cares how cheap it is to live...youll just spend it fixing your vandalized car or what everelse was stolen.The slum lords on the neareast and southside need to be run out of town roaches rodents fleas dog dodo.I left that uglybutt boring town I live in Portland Or now and I can tell you you can find a two bedroom decent place here for 700 750 if you know where to look.Spend the extra 100 bucks..to live in a Much better place.Left the hillbilly haters behind yuck run from their......

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