But hey, at least it’s expensive

Aaron Renn’s article “Why I Don’t Live in Indianapolis” is drawing rather a lot of heat — about 100 comments so far — for observations like this:

I cannot name another major city in the United States where the city’s own developer community (including Flaherty and Collins, the developer of this property), own architectural firms (including CSO Architects, who designed this) and own city government so consistently produce subpar development.

Including this block of tenements for the proletariat, which not only “sucks out loud” but earned an actual condemnation from the state Fire Marshal.

But this is the crux of the biscuit:

Indianapolis is the place where, as a rule, not good enough is more than good enough for most people, even community leadership.

Much as I hate to say so, it’s not the only such place.


  1. Steve Lackmeyer »

    24 July 2012 · 10:21 pm

    There is a prominent civic leader who once explained OKC’s shortcoming with this statement: “Better than crappy makes us happy.”

  2. CGHill »

    24 July 2012 · 10:42 pm

    Ah, the tyranny of low expectations.

  3. Roberta X »

    26 July 2012 · 9:12 pm


  4. CGHill »

    26 July 2012 · 10:29 pm

    Is that greater or lesser than a Harrumph?

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