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Hotels spark expansion of downtown skywalk system

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Two walkways that will connect to the new Marriott Place hotel will extend downtown's network of skywalk and underground pedestrian paths to a total of 12 hotels with more than 4,700 rooms--the most of any downtown in the United States.
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Basiles give big gift to Carmel performing arts center

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The center will recognize the donation by naming the cafe and gift shop inside the 1,600-seat concert hall after the Basiles.
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City's once-thriving stand-up comedy scene fades

January 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A tour winds down while local talent gears up

January 9, 2010
Lou Harry
"The Color Purple" tour visits Clowes Hall while "New Beginnings" offers next-generation Broadway songs.
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BENNER: A look 10 years into our city's sports futureRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Bill Benner
What's next for the Colts, the Pacers, the 500 and more.
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HETRICK: Hey kids! Come and get your pound of fleshRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
In light of the selfishness and stupidity exacted upon children by adults, you're hereby invited to exact revenge.
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Carmel's performing arts center hiring key staff

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
With a year to go before completion of a 1,600-seat concert hall, Executive Director Steven Libman added Jeremy Hatch as development director.
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DINING: Pizzology's crust, fresh ingredients delight diners

January 9, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
I’ve often said that if I had to pick one food to eat every day, it would be pizza. After a couple of visits to restaurateur Neal Brown’s new place in Carmel, I feel compelled to revise that statement: If I had to pick one food to eat every day, it would be Pizzology pizza.
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King Tut boosts attendance at Children's Museum

January 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The museum counted 1.3 million visits last year, an increase of 270,000, or 26 percent, over 2008.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indiana State Museum to name interim CEO

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The board of the museum's private foundation is expected to confirm Thomas A. King's appointment Thursday afternoon
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Indianapolis Zoo blames crowd drop on bad weather

January 6, 2010
Associated Press
The zoo says it drew 1.05 million visitors during 2009, down from 1.1 million in 2008.
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DINING: Franklin spinoff centers on brick oven offerings

January 2, 2010
Lou Harry
Richard's Pizza Kitchen kicks off a month of new pizzeria reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Love Letters' requires reading between the lines

January 2, 2010
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre gives a rare, full staging of A.R. Gurney's epistolary play.
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BENNER: Anger-management fodder for furious Colts fansRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Bill Benner
That the management and coaches had chosen to "take a knee" on the quest for a perfect season was--in the moment--a huge letdown.
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COTA: Getting things done is more than just a resolution

January 2, 2010
Jim Cota
When the work seems to pile up, OmniFocus and Things can help productivity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A ballet blockbuster tops 2009's list of favorites

December 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Here are the 10 offerings that I most enthusiastically recommended to friends and readers in the past year.
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DINING: Now you eat 'em, now you don't

December 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Lots changed on the Indy culinary front in 2009.
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HETRICK: As a new decade dawns, could we start again?Restricted Content

December 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Ten years ago this week, a new century dawned. A lot has changed since.
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BENNER: Eventful decade of highest highs and lowest lowsRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Bill Benner
Here's a look back at the great, the good, and the ugly of the past 10 years.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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Vonnegut's kin back local memorial library

December 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three of Kurt Vonnegut's children are working with local fans of the famed author to open a memorial library in Indianapolis.
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Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Opera directors create $40,000 challenge grantRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Opera board Chairman Garry Fredericksen says in a recent appeal for donations that the company is in a “battle for survival.”
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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