We’re from Indianapolis—a city brimming with the proud tradition of Hoosier hospitality and a buzz for technology and customer experience. Being the Crossroads of America, Hoosiers are scrappy. In 1909 Mayor Bookwalter laid the City Hall cornerstone with the inscription “I am, myself, a citizen of no mean city.”
“No mean” was used frequently at the time to describe something as impressive, or not insignificant. The quote saw a resurgence as a community touchstone for LGBTQ rights in the wake of the 2015 RFRA legislation and resulting “Indy Welcomes All” campaign. It was at that point that Indy being “No mean city” took on a whole new meaning.