05/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This is a classic example of urban planning. Aside from the mostly silent people doing the ambulating, the place is lifeless. No cozy cafes, no taco stands, no curiosity shops. Since you look mostly at blank buildings as you stroll, the canal might just as well have been built in a penitentiary. The nearby White River slices through Indianapolis, and it is barren of waterside restaurants or virtually anything else of interest. Planning and zoning in American cities have replaced spontaneity with sterile habitats that value order over life. Americans hate surprises.