With Super Bowl Sunday right around the corner, 2012 host city Indianapolis is already gaining national recognition for preparing the town for the big event.
Big sporting events often promise to renew a city's landscape but fall short of expectations. Not so in Indy, observers say.
According to The Atlantic, "The Super Bowl, in short, has done more to catalyze change in Indianapolis than it does in most cities—and all of this has taken place over the course of a recession."
The New York Times recently wrote that plans including a new community center, public housing and other projects "are part of a pot that started in 2008 with $38 million in local, state and federal money that has grown to $150 million and counting."
Architects, engineers and contractors, in the midst of a difficult downturn, have kept busy constructing a new stadium, hotel complex, public housing, streetscapes and other infrastructure in the Circle City.