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  1. An good news about our symphony is welcome news to me. However, I don't see revenue data here to coincide with the "ticket sales" data. This has been carefully worded so that no one can see they're making an apples to oranges comparison in order to put some lipstick on a pig. Since most of the symphony's so-called marketing efforts seem centered around sales promotions and manipulative promotional tactics (versus true re-establishment of any semblance of a brand that ISO management abandoned years ago when the bottom line became more important than its programming, its stature, artistic excellene or its musicians), a case can be made that while they're selling "more tickets" they're doing so for less money and therefore actually reducing the perceived value of the brand in perpetuity. Contrary to butts in seats, revenue is the true measure. In addition, only...what...a third at most of total revenue comes from ticket sales anyway? So I don't see what buy one/get one offers or buy 8 get two free or whatever the manipulation might be gets you other than butts in seats (and other disgruntled patrons like me who paid full price for those seats originally by the way) when you still don't have a full time, engaged music director, you raped your musicians (your only real asset) with a 32% pay cut and you've cut scheduling and classical programming and reduced one of the country's great full-time orchestras to what amounts to a part-time community orchestra staffed by contract retirees, subs, students and only a handful of the true, original, world-class musicians that made the ISO what it was before the bean counters started gutting it. ISO management needs to be doing a lot more explaining and a lot less preening. Increased tickets sold is different from ticket sales. A balanced budget means nothing if to get there you had to flog your musicians, force others into retirement and replace them with inexperienced, cheaper players and substitutes. The organization is still fundamentally flawed with essentially a vanity do-nothing board of directors and lap-dog management to whom widget sales are more important than artistic excellence. Bring back the days of Maestro Leppard and the true Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. And then talk to us about how things have improved.

  2. He paid for and went through the zoning approval process...pay the man!!

  3. I don't understand why Geft removed it. Why not sue when the decision was made to try to reverse it?

  4. Broad Ripple is done! Look at the abandoned store fronts and empty spaces. I was there on a Sunday night when a concert got out at the vogue. Broad Ripple was packed and apparently not one bar was staffed properly and no police presence was felt. I saw many suspect people (dreads, angry faces, attitudes, neck tattoo's) strolling around with no real destination in mind and just waiting for someone to "bump" into them. On top of that, there were a few strung out homeless folks (trust me, their substance of choice looked more like hardcore stuff vs. weed). This is not the same Broad Ripple of past. Until the police start profiling and beginning a strict stop and frisk policy like NYC for that element, BR and the rest of Indianapolis will go to hell. It's sad what Indy has become. Ballard should not be given any more time in office!!!

  5. We were just talking about this :)

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