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Officials: Despite expansion, convention center needs work

May 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Seven months before the $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is complete, convention planners and local convention and tourism officials are calling for an upgrade to the existing Convention Center space.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix premiere is more than a John Prine tribute show

May 15, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, a tribute that transcends at the Phoenix Theatre, plus thoughts on this year's Spotlight benefit.
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DINING: Off-the-trail eatery excels

May 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
My soiled shirt was a reminder of the best fish tacos I've had outside my dad's kitchen.
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STYLE: Upcoming book explores retail icon L.S. Ayres

May 15, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
I wish I hadn't missed the days when Nordstrom's Manhattan outpost would've been a gleaming tower of polished consumerism, complete with elevator operators and too many shoe salesmen.
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BENNER: Speedway's centennial becomes a crossroadsRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Bill Benner
Just two years ago, the future seemed as bright for the Indy Racing League. But that was then. This is now.
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Weather, sponsors should boost Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 14, 2010
Scott Olson
In its 40th year, event will feature 225 artists in a format expanded to two days.
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Cheer competition inks three-year extension with city

May 13, 2010
Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held in Indianapolis through 2015. The competition is one of the city's largest annual gatherings, attracting about 20,000 cheerleaders and spectators.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

May 12, 2010
Society says the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT's 'Around the World in 80 Days'

May 8, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Indiana Repertory Theatre's season closer ... and an average day at Conner Prairie.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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DINING: Patachou spins off pleasing pizzeria Napolese

May 8, 2010
Lou Harry
Since none of its initials stand for things one would find on a traditional pizzeria-style pizza, let’s break down the P, the F, and the G in the PFG at Napolese.
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HETRICK: In the Gulf, we have met the enemy, and he is usRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Some on the left now want a total and forever ban on offshore oil drilling. Others on the right want to kill an energy and climate bill they didn't want to support, anyway.
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INSIDE DISH: Brugge Brasserie brews plans for expansion

May 7, 2010
Mason King
Brugge_WatchVideoThe Broad Ripple-based brewpub's owners bet its Belgian beer and vittles will go over just as well outside Indy. But first they need $1 million from an investor, in part to streamline brewing.
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State tourism cuts alter marketing methods

May 7, 2010
Scott Olson
In light of a shrinking budget, the state has dropped traditional advertising campaigns to promote tourism and is embracing social media outlets to promote Indiana's attractions.
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BENNER: Unsung sports leader steps down after two decadesRestricted Content

May 7, 2010
Bill Benner
As the NCAA garnered nationwide attention with the announcement of its new president, hardly a peep was heard as its next-door neighbor in White River State Park, the National Federation of State High School Associations, bade farewell to its leader a couple of days later.
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General Hotels lands 5 new properties

May 4, 2010
General Hotels Corp. will manage five more hotels in Indiana and Ohio.
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WEB REVIEW: Save the long words for Scrabble

May 1, 2010
Jim Cota
The golden rule should be to communicate clearly.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Take a seat for 2010/2011

May 1, 2010
Lou Harry
It's not too early to think about next season at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and more.
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DINING: Nothing fowl at canal-side newcomer

May 1, 2010
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of new Broad Ripple restaurant reviews. This week: Flatwater.
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BENNER: Balancing academics, big business is part of NCAA jobRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Bill Benner
On April 27, the NCAA unveiled its fifth president: Dr. Mark Emmert, currently president of the University of Washington.
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Hotels slowly recovering from worst downturn in 40 years

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates in the last two years have plunged nationally and locally to levels not seen in decades, putting a number of hotels at or near the financial breaking point. But relief finally appears to be on the way.
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Entrepreneurial couples banking on demand for art

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One art-collecting couple has opened a fine-art gallery in Zionsville, while the founder of a contemporary craft show is planning a boutique in Irvington.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conner Prairie CEO on missteps, 'The Matrix'

April 28, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Rosenthal_WatchVideoEllen Rosenthal, CEO of the 19th-century history park, shares her biggest career blunder, how to raise funds in a recession, and how Conner Prairie is like a certain sci-fi film.
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Penrod Society thief sentenced to five years

April 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Superior Court Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years in a Community Corrections program, in which he may be assigned to work release or home detention. Benker stole more than $380,000 from the group in 2008.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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