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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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Depending on a three-legged stool

June 9, 2008
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Economic development experts have long contended that business investment and good jobs gravitate to places where business, government and higher education are on the ball and get along together. If one of the three legs doesnâ??t carry its weight, the other...
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Board eyes building near Lucas Oil

Cory Schouten
June 6, 2008
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The Capital Improvement Board likely will buy one-story building across the street from the new Lucas Oil Stadium. The board has an option to purchase the Easterday property, which it has been...
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IMA nature park takes shape

Cory Schouten
June 6, 2008
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Check out this new rendering of the visitor center for the $25 million Virginia B. Fairbank’s Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out more images and...
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Art & Nature Park

Bruce Hetrick
June 6, 2008
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Here's more on the works that will be part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Art and Nature Park, courtesy of IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson. Atelier Van Lieshout, a Danish studio run by artist Joop van Lieshout,...
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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