Attractions

Focal point for Mass Ave project: Huge electronic screen

October 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
The most striking feature of a proposed $43-million development along Mass Ave is a Times Square-style electronic screen that would wrap around the building's corner and rise more than three stories.
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Holiday World plans $6.5 million expansion, new ride

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Officials at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in southern Indiana announced plans Tuesday for a major new water-slide attraction as part of $6.5 million in projects planned ahead of the park's 2013 season.
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Billie Creek future uncertain after auction

October 21, 2012
Associated Press
The auction of western Indiana historic site Billie Creek Village generated a combined $550,000 in bids, but it's not clear yet whether any bid will be accepted.
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Paoli Peaks wins big in battle with landlord over logging

October 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
The owners of the Paoli Peaks ski resort have prevailed in a battle with their landlord, who had sought to squeeze additional revenue out of the 68-acre property by launching a logging operation.
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Percussive Arts Society names new executive director

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Percussive Arts Society has appointed Larry Jacobson as executive director of the society and its Rhythm! Discovery Center.
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Billie Creek up for auction after sealed bids fail

September 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Parke County historic site's land, buildings and antiques will be auctioned publicly on Oct. 20 during the county's Covered Bridge Festival.
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Former Eiteljorg director suing museum for overtime pay

August 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Former merchandising director Judy McElfresh claims the museum failed to pay her for working more than 1,000 hours of overtime. Her suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages.
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Fate of theme park remains on roller coaster ride

August 18, 2012
Associated Press
Efforts to reopen a closed Kentucky amusement park have taken a roller coaster ride for three summers, and now there's a new twist as the state seeks out more would-be operators even as a group of local business leaders floats a proposal to revive the attraction.
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City Market hopes catacombs tours spur interest in redevelopment

August 11, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Catacombs
                           watch videoCity Market officials are giving public tours of the catacombs beneath the marketplace, in the hope that someone will be interested in transforming the 20,000-square-foot space into a restaurant or event venue.
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$63M fairgrounds Coliseum project to include new arena

July 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State Fair Commission Chairman Andre Lacy said the new venue will keep youth hockey games and horse shows going while the Coliseum hosts concerts and other events.
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Museum's IMAX hopes alchohol sales will fuel movie attendanceRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Museum has been fine-tuning service in preparation for Batman premier.
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Holiday World owners pull out of Louisville project

June 17, 2012
Associated Press
Holiday World CEO Natalie Koch it wasn't any particular regulation that led to the decision to drop plans to reopen Kentucky Kingdom.
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Former MTV anchor's photos on display at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary ArtRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
IMOCA has history of building exhibits around pop-culture figures.
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Former Kentucky amusement park in bad shape

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
The new partners who are working toward reopening the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say the facility is in bad condition and may not reopen until 2014.
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QUICK VIDEO: 500 Festival Parade in 3:26

May 27, 2012
Mason King
500 parade watch videoWith temperatures flirting with the 90s, did you take a rain check on this year's parade? Here's a time-lapse version of the festivities.
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Plan seeks to turn towpath into arts corridorRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis and private-sector players are lining up behind an effort to rebrand the Central Canal Towpath as an art-themed destination dubbed Art 2 Art by adding artwork and improving the trail.
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Canal Walk popular, but full of opportunities missedRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
City leaders once envisioned the Canal Walk as a bustling pathway lined with restaurants and shops, but residential and office buildings have sprouted instead on most of the parcels along the meandering 1-1/2-mile stretch--making it more of a local amenity than a visitor attraction.
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Zoo extends hours as warm weather brings big crowds

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Zoo officials say the zoo will be open an extra hour, until 5 p.m., through this week to accommodate the visitors coming out during the early spring warmth as many area school districts are on spring break.
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Conner Prairie freshens up Prairietown exhibitRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Attraction not updated since 1974 will unveil new look in June.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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CEO helps Conner Prairie educate by creating 'social experience'Restricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ann Finch
Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal has brought to the Fishers museum her passion for creating great visitor experiences.
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How to score a seat in a studio audienceRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Did Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" tapings at Hilbert Circle Theatre during Super Bowl week make you want to be a part of other studio audiences? Here are some tips on scoring seats in Chicago, New York and L.A.
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Historical society reports more visitors at Indiana ExperienceRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Attendance at the living-history attraction that opened in 2010 grew 71 percent last year.
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Eiteljorg, Imax seeking approval to sell liquor

February 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The two downtown attractions are among several entities that purchased permits in November and now are seeking approval from county officials to sell liquor.
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Eiteljorg museum reports record attendance in 2011Restricted Content

February 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Two special exhibits drew a large number of first-time visitors.
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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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