A Well-Designed City

A Well-Designed City

By: Kelsey Venekamp On average, military children make more moves than their civilian counterparts—and I am no exception to this curious fact. North Dakota to Connecticut and many places in-between, growing up with a father in the Air Force offered me the amazing opportunity to travel and experience much of this wonderful world at a young age. With that being said, I often get asked how someone like myself—who has lived everywhere near and far—ended up in the middle of Indiana? With Metropolis Magazine recently ranking Indianapolis as one of the best cities to live, work and play in and Livability naming Indianapolis as number three on their 2015 Top 10 Downtowns list,  it’s no surprise that Indy stole my heart and quickly became my first real “home.” Indy’s winning package of cultural amenities, sports facilities, entertainment arenas and outdoor recreation lends itself to be the perfect blend for a mid-twenty-something lady like myself to call home. Within walking distance of my downtown apartment, I can find local art galleries, a walking trail along the canal, more than 200 restaurants and bars, a 250-acre urban park, biking trails and shopping malls just to name a few activities. Not to mention, I can easily stumble into an NFL or NBA game (depending on the season), check out some live music, drink a cold one or head to the IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) on Memorial Day weekend and witness the greatest spectacle in racing: The Indianapolis 500. An added bonus? Just a short 15 minute drive out of the city finds me the best home cooking and laundry facilities offered that is appropriately named: My Parents’ House. It’s by no mistake that a well-designed city like Indianapolis caught this young designer’s eye as a place to call home, but even the greatest, most enjoyable weekend in Indianapolis can’t beat knowing that my whole family resides in the same place for the first time in many, many years. —– If you want to learn more about Indianapolis, be sure to check out some of the links above and try to catch me if you can out-and-about in this fabulous city!

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