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Privatize parking meters?

July 20, 2009
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City officials are considering several proposals to modernize and even privatize the city's roughly 4,000 parking meters to squeeze out more revenue.
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Weigh in on the new Wishard

July 17, 2009
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Check out this early rendering of a proposed replacement for Wishard Hospital. The $754-million project calls for 11 stories and about 1.2 million square feet of space. It would be built just west of the current hospital, next to the...
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Privatize parking meters?

July 13, 2009
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City officials are considering several proposals to modernize and even privatize the city's roughly 4,000 parking meters to squeeze out more revenue.
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Wine bar planned for Conrad

July 10, 2009
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Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis and...
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Madison Avenue retail planned

July 7, 2009
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A local developer is planning a retail strip center for a run-down parcel along Madison Avenue south of downtown. The plans by Keystone Construction Corp. call for...
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Preview of $30M project

July 6, 2009
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Check out these fresh renderings of a $30-million student housing project planned for Indiana Avenue near IUPUI. The plans by Trinitas Ventures of West Lafayette call for 250 apartment units at 1201 Indiana Ave, between Montcalm and Milburn streets south...
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Panera plans outdoor dining

July 1, 2009
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Panera hopes to include sidewalk and atrium seating for its new restaurant under construction at Claypool Court. The bakery cafe, which is taking second-floor space next door to Weber Grill, has asked...
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So long, SoDo

June 30, 2009
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The owners of a 1.3-acre parking lot southeast of Meridian and South streets have put the property up for sale, apparently putting an end to the dream...
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Magazine touts Woodruff Place

June 24, 2009
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The magazine This Old House has named Indy's Woodruff Place as one of the country's 51 best places to buy an old home. The neighborhood...
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Masonic landmark turns 100

June 12, 2009
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Masonic groups this weekend will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indiana Freemasons' Hall, formerly the Indianapolis Masonic Temple, at 525 N. Illinois St. The...
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Arts vision for Virginia Avenue

June 8, 2009
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A proposed $9 million project called Fletcher Place Arts calls for 56 mostly one-bedroom apartments, 8,700 square feet of first-floor retail or office space, and...
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T-Mobile taking prime corner

May 26, 2009
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T-Mobile has inked a five-year lease for a 2,200-square-foot space at the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets. The store will be a corporate-owned "playground" store, a new...
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Developer plans apartments at 707

May 23, 2009
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A local developer hopes to convert the unfinished eight-story 707 E. North St. condo project into a mostly affordable apartment building...
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Touring the JW Marriott complex

May 12, 2009
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The developers of the new JW Marriott hotel complex gave photographer Robin Jerstad and me a tour of the $425 million project earlier this month....
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Parcel near LOS lingers on market

April 29, 2009
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Have property values around Lucas Oil Stadium risen as fast as the profit expectations of the owners? Perhaps not, at least if you consider the Cambridge Transmission...
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Conservancy work begins & more

April 17, 2009
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The Nature Conservancy broke ground Thursday for its new Indiana headquarters. The organization still needs to raise most of the $4.4 million cost of the building, but...
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More progress on blighted block

April 9, 2009
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Another rundown building at the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets is getting some attention after years of neglect. Workers are putting...
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New project at 22nd and Meridian

April 3, 2009
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A developer is planning a 3,200-square-foot, two-tenant retail building at 2181 N. Meridian St. in another small sign of progress for the uptown...
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Nia's Deli and 97th Landing

March 31, 2009
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A new lunch spot called Nia's Deli is on track to open next week in a building at 38 E. Washington St. (shown here) that burned in 2007. The space...
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Brokers revise plan for key lots

March 23, 2009
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The owners of two vacant buildings and a fenced lot along Washington Street downtown aren’t giving up on redevelopment even after their plans for a...
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Apartment conversion for Maxwell

March 18, 2009
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Sluggish condo sales have led developer Kosene & Kosene to consider turning its latest downtown project, The Maxwell, into apartments. The local company has moved its corporate...
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Sad news: Cosmopolitan burns

March 12, 2009
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A $33-million apartment and retail project along the canal downtown caught fire early this morning. The Cosmopolitan on the Canal project, by Flaherty & Collins Properties, had been nearing completion on a site bordered by the canal, Senate Avenue, Michigan...
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JW Marriott taking shape

March 5, 2009
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The new 1,000-room JW Marriott convention hotel is rising fast at West and Washington streets in anticipation of a grand opening in March 2010. The $425-million complex also calls for a Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites and a Fairfield Inn...
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Private school moving to Lockerbie

March 2, 2009
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The private Todd Academy plans to move into a historic building at the northwest corner of East and New York streets in Lockerbie Square. The building is...
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Something's cooking on Capitol

February 25, 2009
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A local hospitality supply firm has refreshed its 106-year-old building at 640 N. Capitol Ave. with a new coat of paint, a power wash and a five-foot-tall...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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