When I was six or seven years old, I had a first year where I wasn’t downtown for the Fourth of July. I don’t know if I was sick or if my parents just didn’t go, but I watched from the second floor of my house. There’s a good view from that room, and I looked at it a lot.
To seal my interest was spending five years in downtown Indianapolis for both work and school. I couldn’t have asked for a better college education at a better place. Sure, traffic was crazy at times, but that’s not what stays in my mind.
Most people I know prefer being away from “the city.” Many prefer to be in the suburbs, away from downtown. Possibly on some land and just out a bit for privacy.
Then there’s me.
I love the city. I love being downtown. I don’t know what it is, but it’s where I want to be.
When I visited New York City for the first time in September, I was fascinated by the people, the buildings, and the atmosphere. I had a NYC hangover for months because I missed the atmosphere.
But being there and having visited a few other cities, I have learned to appreciate our city. It’s a nice place and it’s never as jam packed as you might think it would be.
Except for this week.
I didn’t know what to expect and was completely blown away. I went downtown four times, enjoying an atmosphere I’d never experienced here.
The city really outdid themselves from the Zipline and roman numerals to the parties and concerts. Even during some of the craziest moments, everyone still had fun.
Every day this week I’d walked the streets of downtown I was just amazed. And I hadn’t realized how easy it was to get from one end of downtown to the other. It’s pretty quick.
I really spent some time this week getting to know the city even better. Now I’m just ready to be in it. A lot of people have kind of looked at me like I’m crazy when I say that’s where I want to be.
But a place downtown, up enough to have a view of the city’s skyline and in walking distance to almost everything I need, that sounds pretty good to me. And it also cuts my drive to work in half.
I don’t know what will happen in the next year, but I’m going to keep my fingers crossed things work out and I might be able to live in a place I love.
I’m proud of the city and it’s been an incredible week. One I’ll never forget.