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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big eventsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Marc D. Allan
They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.
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BENNER: Football season arrives - and so do these questionsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Bill Benner
"Is Indiana now a football state?" and other questions.
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Carmel arts foundation adds directors; Stutz names residents

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel Performing Arts Foundation has appointed its first independent board members, Rollin Dick and Rosemary Waters. In downtown Indianapolis, two local artists will receive free studio space in the Stutz Building for the next year.
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National Math Bee coming to Indianapolis in 2010

September 4, 2009
Scott Olson
The mathematical version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is coming to Indianapolis in 2010, according to the director of the organization that hosts the event.
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Arts funding maintained in city budget proposal

August 31, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis arts community is breathing a collective sigh of relief after learning that the city is not expected to reduce its funding in 2010. The City-County Council will hear public comments tonight on Mayor Greg Ballard’s 2010 budget before voting on it Sept. 21.
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ICVA: Stadium's retractable roof worth the cost

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Three music events with direct visitor spending estimated at $28 million that were hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium offer proof, city officials said, that the expense of the retractable roof and other features of the $720 million facility are paying off.
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BASILE: When cruising Antarctica, comfort isn't first priority

August 29, 2009
Frank Basile
There are cruises to the Antarctic in large luxury ships that go near the islands—close enough to afford magnificent views. But those ships are too big to get close enough to go ashore.
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BENNER: Honoring Knight is the right thing for IU to doRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Bill Benner
Even as one of Knight’s most ardent critics during the latter half of his tenure at Indiana, I concur with the majority of opinions expressed on the subject.
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DINING: A worthwhile stop on the road to IU

August 29, 2009
Lou Harry
Even the most hard-core local-restaurant advocates make exceptions when they hit the road. But on a recent drive, I found an alternative to fast-food pit stops.
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Harrison Ford to consult on Indianapolis Prize

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The $100,000 Indianapolis Prize, given every other year for achievement in animal conservation, said novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen and actor Harrison Ford will be co-chairs for the September 2010 award.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Quality time on the Fringe

August 28, 2009
Lou Harry
By definition, the non-juried IndyFringe festival has a crapshoot quality. My advice to new Fringe-goers is usually to go to at least three shows and be fully prepared to hate at least one of them.
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State gambling revenue expected to stay flat

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana’s share of tax money generated by the state’s 13 casinos is expected to remain relatively flat for at least the next few years, a state fiscal analyst told Gaming Study Committee members this morning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Trying out the games of Gen Con

August 24, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, reviews of new games found at Gen Con and a nostalgic misfire from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
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ICVA might take out loan to market city for conventionsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is so desperate for more marketing funding, the organization charged with promoting the city as a convention and tourism destination is considering taking out a loan. While that would be the last resort, ICVA CEO Don Welsh said it is one he will have to consider if the money can’t be raised through local taxes.
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Director of Carmel performing arts center says venue will be 'amazing'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman believes he’ll have no trouble raising money for a $3 million operating budget, and says he plans to pack the calendar with big-name acts.


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Columbia Club hires Cincinnati native as GM

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
James B. “Jim” Rentschler, former general manager at the University Club of Cincinnati, has been named general manager of The Columbia Club.

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DINING: Tomato fare at the fair

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
How do the five finalists in the Indiana State Fair signature food competition hold up for our taste-testers?
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Pump Boys,' the IMA's 'Memory Cloud,' and Tarantino's latest

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
A musical returns with local cast intact, new lobby artwork at the IMA invites revisits, and Tarantino's new WWII movie disappoints.
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IBJ STYLE: Scott Schuman: From L.S. Ayres to 'The Sartorialist'

August 17, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
A quarter century after graduating from Warren Central High School, Scott Schuman is a top fashion blogger.
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Northwest-side theater closes after 25 years of operation

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Sandor Development Co. is looking for a new tenant for the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater, after the screens went dark for good in July after a 25-year run at West 86th Street and Michigan Road.
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Western art buyers gear up for Eiteljorg show

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The museum's annual sale for collectors, one of its biggest annual fund-raisers, is seeing strong advance registration. The Eiteljorg also has a new head of fund-raising.
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Artists expanding presence in western suburbsRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Several arts groups are expanding their presence in Hendricks County, undeterred by tight budgets and a perception that residents need to travel to Indianapolis for cultural offerings.

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Plethora of candidates likely for symphony postRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's messy split with Mario Venzago is not expected to hamstring its search for a new music director.

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EDITORIAL: Partisan games plague councilRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The City-County Council wisely averted disaster for the Capital Improvement Board Aug. 10 by voting to raise the city’s hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent, but the razor-thin vote was another disappointing case of elected officials making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment.
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BENNER: Time will prove the wisdom of building stadiumRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Bill Benner
A year ago, we opened Lucas Oil Stadium. We've been arguing about it ever since.
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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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