Driving Tour: North Keystone

April 23, 2007
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Even if you haven't driven North Keystone lately, you know the big story here is Glendale. Fences are up and demolition has begun. Still OpenLocally based Kite Realty Group is transforming the enclosed mall into an open air shopping center, Glendale Town Center, complete with a Target store. Meanwhile, the developer is trying to support the stores that are "STILL OPEN."
A few other observations from the area: The Arby's with the old-school sign just north of Fall Creek Parkway has closed, and the sign is gone. A stretch of Keystone north of the old Arby's is fast becoming Self-Storage City, as several new facilities have opened. Finally, across from Glendale, the first of several LA Fitness locations around Indy has opened. They weren't kidding about these things being big. What else is going on in this area?
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  • Sullivan's expanded too recently. There has been lots of activity in the Walmart area, which includes the best Italian place in town, Capri. The outlots have been developed nicely.

    What's the status of the Keystone Towers? That should be made into affordable housing by the feds/locals, I don't think market rent is going to work there.
  • Kite remodeled Glendale into the most beautiful mall in the city... and then drove it in to the ground, slowly and painfully. Maybe they should stick to remodeling and get out of the management biz. Neighbors await the newest transformation with great concern and anxiety. We don't really want a SuperTarget. We want Glendale Mall, full of shops and services, well-run.
  • Speaking of North Keystone, what happened to the apartments known, I believe, as The Landing, just north of Wal-Mart. I don't drive by there very often, but did recently and noticed they were torn down. What gives?
  • They're building condos.

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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

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  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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