spent saturday afternoon with family and friends in carmel – a city known locally for its extensive downtown revitalization.  carmel has a thriving downtown arts/restaurant/gallery/local shopping center.  stays busy and has brought economic stability to an area where other communities are fighting to keep amenities like providing school buses.  carmel is also internationally known for having more roundabouts per capita than any other city in the world (or at least will when the latest stretch is completed – see ‘the economist – 11/2011‘.)  carmel also is home to another local jewel – the ‘monon trail’, a trail/greenway which runs for miles and miles through indianapolis, carmel and other surrounding neighborhoods.  this trail is a former railway which ran from indianapolis up to gary, indiana. (see ‘monon trial info’)

yesterday, i took a long walk through downtown and photographed some of the ‘behind the facade’ scenes which help capture the entirety of this little city.