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Fresh Market rendering

Cory Schouten
November 8, 2007
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Several people have asked about renderings of the new Fresh Market at 54th and College. The best I can do for now is this color elevation. The top image is the view from 54th Street and shows the entrance for...
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New life at 71st and Binford

Cory Schouten
November 8, 2007
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The once-blighted corner of 71st Street and Binford Boulevard continues to attract redevelopment attention, thanks in large part to the efforts of neighborhood group Binford Redevelopment And Growth, or BRAG. Developers plan to...
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How did media affect Ballard's win?

November 8, 2007
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Election Day was no high point in the annals of Indianapolis media. How could we have missed such a big story, that Greg Ballard was about to upset incumbent Mayor Bart Peterson? Local news organizations treated Ballard as an afterthought until...
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New mayor, now what?

Cory Schouten
November 7, 2007
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Real estate developers today are trying to sort out the implications of a major upset in the mayor's race. The mayor-elect, Republican Greg Ballard (pictured), didn't reveal much about his philosophy on...
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Will business like Ballard?

November 7, 2007
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Dating at least to the â??60s, when Richard Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis, the cityâ??s comeback has been driven by nationally renowned cooperation between government and business. Business interests came out of the woodwork to support Lugar, and subsequent mayors William...
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A new mayor in Indianapolis

November 7, 2007
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Now that Greg Ballard has pulled the big upset, how will Indianapolis be different under his administration? Is his election good or bad for business?
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Old Builder's Square finally leased

Cory Schouten
November 6, 2007
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The empty big-box Builder's Square near Lafayette Square Mall finally has a new tenant after sitting vacant more than 10 years. Garden Ridge, a Texas-based home-decor chain, plans to take the 110,000-square-foot...
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Arts leaders tout Peterson

November 6, 2007
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The race between Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and his Republican challenger, Greg Ballard, became interesting in the final days, and not just because Ballard suddenly got traction in a widely publicized poll. In the past few days, two prominent arts leaders...
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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