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City Market should build on immigrant roots

July 3, 2010
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[In response to the June 14 editorial] The ambitious $4 million plan for a brighter, more compact market as a magnet for more customers is certainly exciting, but alas, it would still be a stand-alone venue! I would like to suggest that the 124-year-old landmark serve as an anchor for a broader vision of the near-east side.

Taking a page from the immigrant history of the market, why not create an international town around it? Indy has ethnic groups galore, so why not harness this diversity? The west quadrant is being demolished—why not replace it with a structure housing The International Center and a performing center for plays, shows and exhibition area for our diverse groups? The International Festival and parade could be held on the area. There are already ethnic restaurants along Delaware Street. Retail stores selling jewelry and clothing could be added both in the market and in storefronts.

As pointed out so importantly in your piece, the long-neglected Market Square [Arena] site is just around the corner. And wouldn’t a developer find the site more attractive if a new neighborhood would spring around it? Use might also be found for the old City Hall—another historic gem—which sits forlornly in the same area just waiting for rebirth!
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Georgia Buchanan

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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