Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring Nightlife

April showers may bring May's flowers, but it also brings more nightlife to the streets of Indianapolis...

There was considerable traffic down Meridian street; this is probably about 1:00AM...


Of course Broad Ripple Village has vibrant night life...




These two were preaching over loud speaker to the people on Broad Ripple Avenue about sin (are they even 21 yet?). I think my taking this picture was the closest thing to acknowledgement they got...

The cops assigned to nightclub duty mingle with the crowd...Which is kind of cool.

On Market Street downtown...


On Delaware Street, near the City County Building...I had to satisfy attraction to neon lights...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Architectural lighting is the most gawd-awful thing. What a waste to disturb the serenity of the night sky with lighting up the
Scottish Rite Cathedral like that. They should not only pull the plug on the exterior lights but yank them out of the ground too. If we shut down all the useless architectual lighting we would burn a lot less coal for electicity.

Aesthetically the purple lights are even worse. They do this with the World War Memorial across the street too. Ugh. It's all so wrong with these great and noble buildings. If they were meant to be purple they would have slathered purple paint on them when they were built.

On the street north of the Scottish Rite Cathedral you can see the row of old ginkgo trees. These look old enough to have been part of the original landscaping of the building. One is missing, the second from the east end. It was taken out not too many years ago. Hopefully they won't mess with the rest of the row of ginkgos in the future.

The parts of town with the nightlife there's not a problem with lighting it up. Most of those lights aren't pointed straight up in the sky either. Though in Broad Ripple the line of cars queued up with headlights on indicates another problem, Too much auto traffic. They should just close the street to cars and let people bring their own six-packs of beer to drink in the street.

caliboy28 said...

I happen to LOVE that they light the Scottish Rite Cathedral and World War Memorial at night. I happen to think that the blue lighting on the War Memorial is particularly striking. Personally, if I were looking for serenity of night sky, I'd be looking for it out in the country somewhere, not in the heart of a major city.

Neat shots Heidelberger...

mheidelberger said...

Thanks for the comments! For better or for worse, its flexible, completely reversable, and makes a dramatic impact. I'd have to say my favorite example of architectual lighting in Indianapolis is the Stokely-Van Camp building; such a huge contrast between day and night.