By every measure, Hamilton County is the wealthiest place in Indiana, and not by a little bit. The 2000 Census said that Hamilton County’s median annual household income was about $71,000. In comparison, the median income in neighboring Marion County (Indianapolis) was about $48,750, and across Indiana it was about $47,500.
So Hamilton County has some serious tax revenue, and they love to spend it on road projects. In the 2½ years I’ve worked here, four new roundabouts and a mile of new road have been built just on the three-mile stretch of my route to work that is in Hamilton County. It’s been great! The roundabouts ended the long lines at intersections and the new road, a four-lane boulevard, cut a mile out of my drive. I can’t believe how quickly I get to work now.
I sometimes wonder whether Hamilton County has too much money, though. I’ve seen several roundabouts go in and then, months later, be partially torn out and rebuilt. A roundabout went in near my office, but within a few months was torn out and turned back into a four-way stop, and then a year later was rebuilt as a roundabout! But the sight that makes me really scratch my head is along that new road. Here’s a photo. Notice the stop sign.
I’d like to know what, exactly, is being stopped here!