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Rink-Savoy, Fresh Market & more

Cory Schouten
June 12, 2008
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Rink-Savoy honored A $7.4-million renovation of the Rink-Savoy apartment building downtown (shown here) has won first place in a competition that honors the best in developments that utilize low income housing tax...
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Caring about the Tony Awards

Bruce Hetrick
June 12, 2008
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The Tony Awards , the annual celebration of the Broadway season, are being handed out this Sunday night. Did I hear a yawn? You aren’t alone. A notorious ratings loser, the show each year seems to squander the opportunity to excite....
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The latest from Twyla Tharp

Bruce Hetrick
June 11, 2008
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The pride of Portland, Indiana, choreographer Twyla Tharp premiered a new work, “Rabbit and Rogue” with the American Ballet Theatre last week, earning a range of reviews from enthusiasm to dismissal . In reading them, I was taken back...
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IRL looks to race into Mexico

Cory Schouten
June 11, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials were in Mexico City early this week to look at a possible location for a race there, which could be held as early as 2009. It may have to be pushed to 2010, depending on scheduling...
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It's hot, and Villagio needs a pool

Cory Schouten
June 10, 2008
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The developers of downtown's Villagio at Page Pointe are hoping city officials will waive development standards so condo owners can cool off in a new pool next door to...
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Chicago's Muti pageant

Bruce Hetrick
June 10, 2008
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I’m sure there are arts patrons in Central Indiana who travel across the border to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I just don’t know any of them. For most of us, the musical difference between a true world-class orchestra like the...
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Rebirth for Ambassador?

Cory Schouten
June 9, 2008
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Two local developers have submitted bids to redevelop the Ambassador apartments adjacent to the Central Library. Van Rooy and Buckingham both proposed mixed uses for the Ambassador building, with street-level retail and commercial...
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You-review-it Monday

Bruce Hetrick
June 9, 2008
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Welcome to Monday. I hope your weekend was a satisfying one. Mine included trips to Buck Creek Players to see the musical "Honk!" (where my son slept during the second act) and to Tibbs Drive-in (where my son slept through the...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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