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State eyes roundabouts for 31 intersectionsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ambitious plans to build roundabouts at 31 intersections statewide over the next five years, including a dozen in the metro area.
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Seats from Bush Stadium to live on at bus stopsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local group has partnered with IndyGo to pay homage to one of the city’s great sports landmarks by installing Bush Stadium's seats at bus stops all over the city.
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Political neophyte Ballard cruises to second term

December 24, 2011
A contentious battle for Indianapolis mayor culminated in a second term for Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who won the race with 51 percent of the vote. His Democratic challenger, Melina Kennedy, garnered 47 percent.
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City backs string of high-profile real estate projects

December 24, 2011
The administration of Mayor Greg Ballard found its stride in the final year of its first four-year term, at least when it comes to major publicly supported real estate projects.
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City-County councilor, two others indicted in scheme to defraud

December 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A City-County Council member and two associates persuaded an Indiana physician to invest $1.7 million in their foundation and an ethanol-production business they said would fund it, but instead spent the money on personal luxuries, according to a federal indictment filed late Tuesday.
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City goes after tow-company license

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is moving to revoke the license of a prominent local towing company that officials say has violated local ordinances and elicited more than two dozen consumer complaints.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Proposed Broad Ripple parking garage gets zoning OK

December 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The controversial project is a $15 million, three-story garage that the city of Indianapolis will subsidize with $6.3 million in parking meter revenue. The project also features a retail component, which neighbors say will lead to increased traffic.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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City balks at Jack in the Box plans for Meridian Street siteRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Urban design guidelines prohibit new drive-throughs along Meridian or Pennsylvania streets in the downtown vicinity.
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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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Few polling problems reported in Marion County

November 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters are deciding Tuesday who will lead their cities for the next four years, providing an early barometer of their mood heading into a presidential election year.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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City files nuisance charges against property owner

November 3, 2011
The complaint alleges that David J. Williams' properties have been the subject of more than 400 violations and have generated more than 30 police reports for criminal activity.
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Mayoral race draws gifts from outside city, stateRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About a third of the money that flowed to Indianapolis mayoral candidates Greg Ballard and Melina Kennedy in the most recent fundraising cycle came from donors not eligible to vote in the election.
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Control of City-County Council hangs in balance

October 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Several close City-County Council races this fall are expected to make the battle over which party controls Indianapolis’ legislative body fiercely competitive.
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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

October 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.
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City taking redevelopment bids for key Mass Ave properties

October 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The city-owned properties targeted for redevelopment are at 555 N. New Jersey St., the site of Indianapolis Fire Department administrative offices and Station No. 7, and at 501 N. New Jersey St., the location of Firefighters Credit Union.
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Kennedy's persistence put to testRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Supporters and detractors of Melina Kennedy agree on this description of her: a persistently hard worker. Whether that trait is enough to make the 42-year-old Democrat an effective leader of the nation’s 12th-largest city is an open question.
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Housing will be initial focus of redevelopment at Winona site

October 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The city, along with the nearby Children's Museum of Indianapolis, is spearheading redevelopment of the abandoned property where demolition began Monday. Bids to build mixed-income housing will be sought in the coming months.
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New gym giving City Market a boost

October 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The full-service YMCA, known as Indy Bike Hub, opened Sept. 7 after a $3.5 million renovation of the City Market’s East Wing that also included improvements to the market’s main hall.
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Agency urges complete overhaul of Pan Am Plaza garage

October 7, 2011
Indianapolis' Department of Code Enforcement made the recommendation Friday afternoon after citing safety concerns posed by possible structural deficiencies.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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