Sunday, August 21, 2005
MONUMENT CIRCLE. This is the center of Indianapolis. A monument to lives lost in the Civil War stands in the center of a circular drive that was planned by the city's architect (a student of Pierre l'Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C.). Indianapolis was designed to be the state's Capitol from its beginning. The site was chosen for its centrality in the state; also for its access to the White River, which, it was then thought, could be made navigable to the Ohio River. While the White River is not navigable for any commercial transportation, the city has enjoyed steady growth. Indy is considered to be either the northern-most southern city, or the southern-most northern city. Which do you think it is?