Before arriving in Indianapolis, I mainly know the city through its car circuit, where the famous 500 miles of Indianapolis are run. No rush to my program, but a visit to downtown Indiana’s capital.
Indiana is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is bordered on the north by Lake Michigan and Michigan, on the east by Ohio, on the south by Kentucky and on the west by Illinois.
With 6,483,802 inhabitants in 2010, Indiana (whose name means “Indian Land”) was the 15th most populous state in the United States.
It was in 1821 that the decision was made to build Indianapolis. Its strategic location, in the heart of a state incorporated into the Union five years earlier, should make it possible to establish the new capital there. The city now has 850,000 inhabitants, making it the 12th most populated city in the country.
I begin my visit with the monument in honour of soldiers and sailors, erected in the heart of downtown, facing the Capitol. A beautiful monument, surrounded by a fountain, which also marks the beginning of a set of six blocks where there are two parks and other memorials.
Having visited the city on a Sunday, the Capitol unfortunately had closed doors. Too bad, because these types of buildings generally offer free and interesting guided tours. I am therefore satisfied with an external visit of this beautiful building dating from the end of the 19th century.
But what caught my attention in Indianapolis was its channel, the Indiana Central Canal. Now completely refurbished, this section of a vast project of nearly 500 kilometres in the first half of the 19th century, abandoned during the panic of 1837, is navigable by canoe, gondola, pedal boat, etc. This canal offers a truly atypical stroll through the heart of such a metropolis.
One last “cool” thing I saw in Indianapolis, and that I hadn’t seen anywhere else: self-service electric scooters, available all over the city centre! For a few dollars, a smartphone application is enough to unlock it. I’ve seen a lot of people race at full speed on these cars, and even some of them are starting to exchange thanks to it. The project comes from a Californian company that builds partnerships with cities. Really nice!
Nice visit to a city in Indianapolis that died a little dead on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Still nothing really new to get in touch with, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the moment.
“To leave is to leave your cocoon, open your wings and fly away. It’s clear that we’re not the only ones on the planet, that we don’t know everything as we thought. You become more humble, more tolerant, a little more intelligent. “- Pierre Fillit