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View Poll Results: Indy or Louisville?
Indianapolis 23 67.65%
Louisvile 11 32.35%
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Between these two cities, I'd pick Indianapolis. However, this is by default for me only.

Indianapolis does have Broad Ripple, Market Square, and, for a Midwestern city, a fairly nice balance of professional-collegiate in local sports affiliations. People love their Pacers and Colts there as much as they do their Hoosiers (sorry Boilermakers fans, the Hoosiers seem to really have more fans in Indiana). Indy is a very clean city in many areas and because of the Midwestern street grid system, it feels more "orderly." It also has much closer proximity to Chicago and Lake Michigan for just day trips.

Louisville has the Highlands, Crescent Hill, and the architectural gem known as Old Louisville. They are more aggressive about urban redevelopment and developing its own brand than Indy is. In my opinion, Louisville also has a more lively, inviting downtown, albeit a little smaller than Indy's. The waterfront is more inviting and has more festivals, and the culinary scene and park system are great for a city its size. As for sports, you pick UofL or UK; they don't need no stinkin' pro teams, and that college basketball worship 24/7/365 gets old quickly.

Now, having grown up in Kentucky, I always found Hoosiers to be a little...I dunno, weird. A little too reserved for my taste. After having lived also-reserved Louisville and Cincinnati, I already figure that I would not want to live in Indy; I mean, how dissimilar can the culture there really be compared to Louisville and Cincinnati? All three cities are close (I know this isn't an Cincy-comparative thread, but I'm using the city to boost my argument). I actually found some Louisvillians to be outright rude and condescending toward anybody who either were not from their "precious" city or had anything remotely negative to say about their city--a very sensitive bunch. Indy is just kind of "there," whereas Louisville has a surprisingly big superiority/inferiority complex about itself; for example, people in Louisville will always boast "oh, we have this and Indy doesn't" or "we laugh at boring ol' Lexington," and then oooooh and aaaaaah over some cool new restaurant in Lexington or act jealous that Cincinnati has better pizza. I'm just throwing out examples, but I think you get what I mean.

What I know is this: I'm glad I moved to California.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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What I know is this: I'm glad I moved to California.
If you are so happy in California, why do you spend so much time obsessing over places you don't like on an online forum?

(I also used to live in KY, and I am glad I left, but I never really think about KY and spend a small fraction of the time on their forum that you do.)
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Between these two cities, I'd pick Indianapolis. However, this is by default for me only.

Indianapolis does have Broad Ripple, Market Square, and, for a Midwestern city, a fairly nice balance of professional-collegiate in local sports affiliations. People love their Pacers and Colts there as much as they do their Hoosiers (sorry Boilermakers fans, the Hoosiers seem to really have more fans in Indiana). Indy is a very clean city in many areas and because of the Midwestern street grid system, it feels more "orderly." It also has much closer proximity to Chicago and Lake Michigan for just day trips.

Louisville has the Highlands, Crescent Hill, and the architectural gem known as Old Louisville. They are more aggressive about urban redevelopment and developing its own brand than Indy is. In my opinion, Louisville also has a more lively, inviting downtown, albeit a little smaller than Indy's. The waterfront is more inviting and has more festivals, and the culinary scene and park system are great for a city its size. As for sports, you pick UofL or UK; they don't need no stinkin' pro teams, and that college basketball worship 24/7/365 gets old quickly.

Now, having grown up in Kentucky, I always found Hoosiers to be a little...I dunno, weird. A little too reserved for my taste. After having lived also-reserved Louisville and Cincinnati, I already figure that I would not want to live in Indy; I mean, how dissimilar can the culture there really be compared to Louisville and Cincinnati? All three cities are close (I know this isn't an Cincy-comparative thread, but I'm using the city to boost my argument). I actually found some Louisvillians to be outright rude and condescending toward anybody who either were not from their "precious" city or had anything remotely negative to say about their city--a very sensitive bunch. Indy is just kind of "there," whereas Louisville has a surprisingly big superiority/inferiority complex about itself; for example, people in Louisville will always boast "oh, we have this and Indy doesn't" or "we laugh at boring ol' Lexington," and then oooooh and aaaaaah over some cool new restaurant in Lexington or act jealous that Cincinnati has better pizza. I'm just throwing out examples, but I think you get what I mean.

What I know is this: I'm glad I moved to California.
I agree with much of what you said except for the bolded part about downtown. In my experience having lived in both towns, it's the opposite of what you stated. Indy's downtown seems more lively and happening. Lousiville's downtown boasts impressive urban architecture but very little in terms of pedestrian traffic and nightlife. At least that's what I found when I lived there 12 years ago
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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If you are so happy in California, why do you spend so much time obsessing over places you don't like on an online forum?

(I also used to live in KY, and I am glad I left, but I never really think about KY and spend a small fraction of the time on their forum that you do.)
I'm a multi-generational KY native and still have some interest in what goes on in the state and region.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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Indy and Louisville always seemed like "sister" cities to me. Nearly the same size and they are all fairly close to one another, and only in the last 30 years or so, did both start getting nationwide respect as real cities, instead of sleepy backwards country towns out in the middle of no where. It looks like Indy and Louisville could work closer together in bringing more employment opportunities to the region between Indy and Louisville. The areas are bound to grow closer and closer to one another in the coming decades. A high speed rail between the cities would be nice. I see lots of potential opportunities for that region.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Between these two cities, I'd pick Indianapolis. However, this is by default for me only.

Indianapolis does have Broad Ripple, Market Square, and, for a Midwestern city, a fairly nice balance of professional-collegiate in local sports affiliations. People love their Pacers and Colts there as much as they do their Hoosiers (sorry Boilermakers fans, the Hoosiers seem to really have more fans in Indiana). Indy is a very clean city in many areas and because of the Midwestern street grid system, it feels more "orderly." It also has much closer proximity to Chicago and Lake Michigan for just day trips.

Louisville has the Highlands, Crescent Hill, and the architectural gem known as Old Louisville. They are more aggressive about urban redevelopment and developing its own brand than Indy is. In my opinion, Louisville also has a more lively, inviting downtown, albeit a little smaller than Indy's. The waterfront is more inviting and has more festivals, and the culinary scene and park system are great for a city its size. As for sports, you pick UofL or UK; they don't need no stinkin' pro teams, and that college basketball worship 24/7/365 gets old quickly.

Now, having grown up in Kentucky, I always found Hoosiers to be a little...I dunno, weird. A little too reserved for my taste. After having lived also-reserved Louisville and Cincinnati, I already figure that I would not want to live in Indy; I mean, how dissimilar can the culture there really be compared to Louisville and Cincinnati? All three cities are close (I know this isn't an Cincy-comparative thread, but I'm using the city to boost my argument). I actually found some Louisvillians to be outright rude and condescending toward anybody who either were not from their "precious" city or had anything remotely negative to say about their city--a very sensitive bunch. Indy is just kind of "there," whereas Louisville has a surprisingly big superiority/inferiority complex about itself; for example, people in Louisville will always boast "oh, we have this and Indy doesn't" or "we laugh at boring ol' Lexington," and then oooooh and aaaaaah over some cool new restaurant in Lexington or act jealous that Cincinnati has better pizza. I'm just throwing out examples, but I think you get what I mean.

What I know is this: I'm glad I moved to California.
I would rather live in NYC because it's much bigger and better than any city in Cali. Actually, Louisville and Indy have other interests like the arts, music etc. other than just sports.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I would rather live in NYC because it's much bigger and better than any city in Cali. Actually, Louisville and Indy have other interests like the arts, music etc. other than just sports.
Hear hear
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Indy is the epitome of s***. Louisville is a little bit better, but not much.

Anyone planning a move to either place should think again.
Seriously? Can you watch your language here?
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:31 AM
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Location: Part time dual resident of 76131 and 46060
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Indy and Louisville always seemed like "sister" cities to me. Nearly the same size and they are all fairly close to one another, and only in the last 30 years or so, did both start getting nationwide respect as real cities, instead of sleepy backwards country towns out in the middle of no where. It looks like Indy and Louisville could work closer together in bringing more employment opportunities to the region between Indy and Louisville. The areas are bound to grow closer and closer to one another in the coming decades. A high speed rail between the cities would be nice. I see lots of potential opportunities for that region.
What?!?! Sister Cities??? I would say that Indianapolis and Columbus are more like sister cities than Louisville and Indianapolis are or ever will be. Columbus is Midwestern, Louisville is SOUTHERN, Both Indianapolis and Columbus have more in Common with one another than Louisville has with Indianapolis. Think About It. You cannot compare apples and oranges, and therefore you cannot compare a southern city with a midwestern city, Sorry to burst your bubble, but It would be far more logical and reasonable for Louisville and Cincinnati to work together as "sister cities". By the way, I would rather live in Louisville, especially after seeing Indianapolis undergoing an apparent death spiral of crime and decay for the last several years in a row now.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis - Irvington
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What?!?! Sister Cities??? I would say that Indianapolis and Columbus are more like sister cities than Louisville and Indianapolis are or ever will be. Columbus is Midwestern, Louisville is SOUTHERN, Both Indianapolis and Columbus have more in Common with one another than Louisville has with Indianapolis. Think About It. You cannot compare apples and oranges, and therefore you cannot compare a southern city with a midwestern city, Sorry to burst your bubble, but It would be far more logical and reasonable for Louisville and Cincinnati to work together as "sister cities". By the way, I would rather live in Louisville, especially after seeing Indianapolis undergoing an apparent death spiral of crime and decay for the last several years in a row now.
You know, you can contribute to the thread without the condescending attitude.
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