Vivre à IndianapolisIyna Bort Caruso
Outside of Washington, D.C., no other American city has more monuments to soldiers than Indianapolis, Indiana. Perhaps it’s no coincidence the American Legion has its national headquarters here. A few short blocks away, the soaring Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a 284-foot limestone tribute to Hoosiers who served during the Revolutionary War through to the Spanish-American War, is a national landmark and symbol of the city. For the first 20 years after its completion in 1902 no structure in the area was permitted to be built higher.
Since then, Indianapolis has gone through a series of building booms. It now has the vast majority of skyscrapers in the state where they’re interspersed with lavish mid-rise condominium and lofts.
In recent years, this heartland city has emerged as a sports powerhouse. While the Indy 500, one of motorsports’ most prestigious races has been running more than a century, Indianapolis’ standing as home to NBA and NCAA teams, an NFL franchise and a minor baseball team, among others, has helped to rouse and reshape modern Indianapolis.
Not all sports in Indianapolis are for spectators only. Greenways and parks fill this walkable city while an eight-mile bike path links together a series of cultural districts including Fountain Square and Mass Avenue.
Starting in the late 1900s, an urban architectural initiative called the City Beautiful movement emerged in the United States and gained traction here. Parks and public golf courses were established with the goal of making urban life more livable and inviting. Streetcar service gave rise to early suburbs and then in the early 20th century, the city’s population mushroomed and a new generation of suburban communities arose featuring Arts and Crafts, Queen Anne and Tudor Revival residences. Today leafy winding drives lead to elegant mansions in areas such as Zionsville, Fishers and Carmel, which are counted among the wealthiest in the state.