Join IBJ at awards dinner

October 8, 2007
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KIBThe not-for-profit group Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is planning its 30th annual A Monumental Affair, a gala event honoring the city's top architecture, construction, engineering and design. Interested in attending? IBJ is saving space at its table for four Property Lines readers. If you'd like to go, share your picks for what developers, architects and projects should be honored, and why. (A list of last year's winners is here.) Make sure to include an e-mail address in your post. Four people who respond will be IBJ's guests of honor on Nov. 8. Thanks for reading!
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  • hi cory - i'm putting my vote in for the cultural trail (so far) and the gibson building renovation. i can't believe i can't think of who is responsible for these projects on the construction/renovation/design end of it, but i'm trying to look it up!
  • I'm putting in my vote for Hearthview and Lockerbie Park. Brownstones without the brownstones. Development without direction.
  • Cory -- I'm not sure I'd really want to go to an awards ceremony that honored the Clarian Pathology Laboratory for Architecture when a criterion was Relationship of the building to the surrounding community. Either Indy really IS that bad with architecture or the voters for these awards are clueless.

    The Path Lab developers had a golden opportunity to engage the surrounding community with ground-floor retail at the head of the canal. Instead, they pooped the bed on that one. Plus, they restrict access to the People Mover in violation of the Franchise Agreement with the City that says:

    The Agreement requires that Clarian Health Care Transportation System be accessible to the public with the same level of service and at the same times as authorized users like Clarian Health's physicians, patients and their families, staff, service providers, invitees and guests.

    The People Mover operates until 10pm at night but Clarian closes the Path Lab station to the public at 7pm, which clearly violates the at the same times clause.

    Sorry, but that building seriously pisses me off and I had to rant a little.
  • I apologize about my above comment. I probably shouldn't have been such a wet blanket when IBJ is making a generous offer to your readers. I imagine this will be a high-power affair in Indy development circles.
  • CorrND, I appreciate your above comment. I wasn't aware of some of those things.
  • Cory I too, vote for the Gibson Building. I had driven past that beautiful old building for years and always thought why doesn't someone fix it? I was so happy to see it's rehab and the progress on the building each day. I wish Indy had more projects like that. I hate to see our beautiful old buildings torn down.
  • My vote is for Mansur Properties. Though its not a new project, I really like what's been going on in Fall Creek Place. I think the combined retail/condos development on Delaware is finally done. Its a nice addition to the neighborhood. As somone who works nearby I appreciate how the neighborhood has changed. I think they also did the offices in the old fire house and the nearby condos just north of the City/County building on Alabama. They definitely deserve an award for keeping Indianapolis beautiful.

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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.

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  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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