A derogatory term that refers to the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. This nickname is not entirely without merit, however. Although it's a comfortable, Midwest city with a steadily-growing economy, a growing population and an increase in ammenities, it is perceived as being Dullsville to the Coastal cities. It is easy to see why. It lies in the middle of nowhere--in the flat Corn Belt with no mountains, no rivers or even navigable ones, no culture, no diversity, no lightlife, no high-density developement, no greenspace, no opportunites to get out and enjoy nature, not a huge number of suburbs, no high-tech jobs and abysmal public transportation. Rumor has it that Indy is talking of creating lightrail in the future, but don't count on it. Too many people in the area are too antiquated and narrowminded to accept changing anything.
Indianapolis is making valiant efforts to reinvent itself and has received national recognition for many of its developments. But it has a long way to go before being considered a hip place and a world-class city that it calls itself, for some reason. Yes, it has made improvements but may never shake off its image.
Naptown, to some, may be an appropriate term for Indianapolis even though it has an excellent and comfortable quality of life, a growing population and economy and an affordable cost of living. It will NEVER be compared to individual cities of similar size like San Francisco, Boston or Washington DC. Those cities are world-class, international destinations and serve as major coastal centers with plenty of educational institutions, culture, diversity, greenspace, high-density development, high-tech jobs, excellent public transportation and opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. Part of the reason is Indianapolis's location in the Middle of the Midwestern Corn Belt. Even though things are improving for the city in a lot of aspects, it will struggle for a long time in shaking off its Naptown image.