Indy Envy

For a long time, Columbus and Indianapolis were viewed as very similar.  Both were white-collar Midwestern cities that managed to avoid the rust belt fate of fellow Midwestern cities that were built around the steel, rubber, glass, and auto industries.  Both had a reputation for being white bread, straight down the middle, boring towns.

If anything, Indianapolis was viewed as even more dull and predictable than Columbus.  That’s why some people referred to it as “Nap Town” or “Indian-no-place.”

No longer!  Things started to change when Indianapolis got an NFL team to go with its NBA franchise.  Then the city started to host NCAA Tournament regionals, then the Final Four, and now, this year, the crown jewel — the Super Bowl.  And, by all accounts, Indianapolis did a fabulous job in hosting the Super Bowl and wowing all of the visiting journalists and high rollers.  Local people — including one of my friends — were recruited to serve as hosts, ready to direct visitors to events and help them make reservations and plans.  The weather was great.  The downtown zip line had the requisite coolness factor.  As a result, Indianapolis got great, and richly deserved, PR.

So now, in Columbus, people are talking about what we need to do to keep up with our neighboring city to the west — the one that has left us in the dust as a destination for sports events.  Let’s face it — we’ve got a bad case of Indy Envy.

1 thought on “Indy Envy

  1. COLUMBUS IS GETTING AN NBA FRANCHISE IN 2016. THEY WILL BE CALLED THE COLUMBUS CARS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE DO IN DA 614. THEY WILL GET LEBRON AFTER HE LEAVES MIAMI WITHOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP.

    but seriously who cares if indianapolis rents out their house so nyc-east coast big wigs can come in, trash it, and then leave and badmouth it when they’re home. COLUMBUS is gonna be famous not by flashing its undies to the bigger boys, but by GROWING and CREATING on its OWN, and by DEFINING itself! and indianapolis doesn’t have a world class university with all of the trappings, it doesn’t have the art, and it doesn’t share a state with cleveland and cincinnati. Let them have the superbowl every 10 years and drive around in circles all they want, those things are only a result of the gravitational vacuum left behind by a state with only one major city. (unless you count Gary LOL). AND Indy is FLATTER than Columbus.

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