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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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Let's use old terminal for distribution hubRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Brian Williams
The city should organize a public-private partnership to create a multi-modal distribution community at the site of the former Indianapolis Airport terminal.
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Mayor says some of 38 TIF districts have problems, might need reorganizationRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Mayor Greg Ballard worries his predecessor, Bart Peterson, may have overreached with his ambitious tax-increment-financing district for the last phase of Fall Creek Place. That phase of the renewed urban neighborhood isn't producing enough revenue to support its $6.2 million in outstanding bonds. And Ballard is not sure all of Marion County's 37 other TIF district are necessary, either.


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'Rollcrete' might provide alternative to pricey asphaltRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Chris O\'malley

Cities and counties are looking for alternatives to asphalt as the price soars for the oil-based material and threatens to bring paving projects and contractors skidding to a halt. The city of Indianapolis may have just found one viable alternative that goes down like asphalt: roller-compacted concrete, or "rollcrete."


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Mayor's Action Center might be privatized to cure chronic woesRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Maybe it's a stray dog rooting through your garbage. Perhaps someone has abandoned a car amid the potholes riddling your street. Either way, Indianapolis offers a one-stop shop for irate residents to complain. Just dial the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4MAC. Then get ready to wait. And wait. So long, in fact, that close to half of the MAC's callers hang up in frustration.


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$720 million stadium will open with big operating deficitRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Jennifer Whitson

Cleaning crews are wiping construction dust from the 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, prepping for the public's first peek at the $720 million venue Aug. 16. But the hard work is only beginning for the city's Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the stadium. The fumbling point: CIB is anticipating a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.


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Budget cuts loom for arts, parks as mayor tries to lessen deficitRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

After Mayor Greg Ballard's upset victory at the polls last November, local arts leaders were in a panic. They worried the no-nonsense former Marine would put public safety on a pedestal and slash Indianapolis' funding for cultural groups.

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Sports Corp. made city a sports giant, but real estate plans fell shortRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Cory Schouten
Construction of Pan Am Plaza in the mid-1980s was a major step in the evolution of Indianapolis into a sports town worthy of hosting a Super Bowl. But the office building, parking garage, skating rinks and public gathering place came up short over the years in other ways for both taxpayers and developer, the Indiana Sports Corp.
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Super Bowl bid committee solicits input through Web siteRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
The city's 2012 Super Bowl bid committee set up a Web site, www.our2012sb.com, in mid-February to encourage input from the community--adopting a more inclusive approach than organizers did last year when bidding on the 2011 game.
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Mayor proposes city office to track progress of studentsRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Mayor Greg Ballard says the status quo isn't good enough anymore when it comes to educating Indianapolis children. So heis proposing what he's calling a big, bold idea in education: Provide help to every student who needs it, not just the ones who ask for it.
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Ballard pulls off long-shot campaign, defeats PetersonRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
In early 2007, many expected Marion County Republicans to punt on the chance to unseat Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson. After all, the two-term incumbent had high approval ratings and a campaign war chest of $2.5 million. Attractive GOP candidates willing to embrace the challenge were in short supply.
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Ballard's sketchy agenda fuels uneaseRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The afternoon after Greg Ballard's shocking victory at the polls, the mood was sober at Marion County Republican headquarters. Jubilation had given way to reality. Although mayor-elect Ballard described himself "as tired as a guy could get," he has no time for a break. And what the former U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel will do is largely a mystery.
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City fights property owners over value of land by stadiumRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Cory Schouten
A legal fight is brewing over a 2.3-acre parking lot sandwiched between the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium. The state is seeking to acquire the property through eminent domain and is fighting an appraisal that puts its value at $7 million. The owners, meanwhile, contend the land is worth about twice as much.
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After putting $25M into Conrad, city finally will conduct auditRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Cory Schouten
The city plans to hire an outside auditor in the next few months to review the books of the Conrad Indianapolis Hotel and determine how its investment is performing. It's a routine process, Mayor Bart Peterson said. But it's one hotel-industry experts say is overdue.
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City gained momentum with Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
Andrea Muirragui
Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl missed by inches, but observers said the city nevertheless scored major points that still could result in a victory. But not without suiting up again.
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MSA Round 2 plans pitched by local development teamsRestricted Content

April 23, 2007
Cory Schouten
Two new proposals for the parking lot formerly known as Market Square Arena are shorter and less dramatic than plans for a 31-story tower that fell through last year. But each of the new sets of plans has its flourishes.
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Rising crime worries city businessesRestricted Content

April 9, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis fought long and hard to earn a reputation as a safe place to live and conduct business. But police statistics show that local security is eroding. Crime has risen to the highest levels seen during Mayor Bart Peterson's administration.
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Pledge blitz buoys Bowl bidRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The team leading Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl is calling on the corporate community to get in the game fast. More than a dozen business leaders are rushing to raise $25 million before May 23, when NFL owners are expected to select a host city from hopefuls Indianapolis; Dallas; and Glendale, Ariz.
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Stadium walkway carries $10M tabRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
An enclosed connector is set to be built, partly underground, that will link Lucas Oil Stadium to the soon-to-be expanded Indiana Convention Center. It will span about a quarter of a mile and cost more than $10 million.
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Cities losing cable powerRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Chris O'Malley
In the last several weeks, cable TV operator Comcast has sent out 26 "Dear John" letters to Indianapolis and other metro-area cities, informing them it has dumped its local cable franchise agreements and gotten hitched to a single, statewide video franchise.
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Sympathy for New Orleans may ruin Indy's Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The stiff competition facing Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl just got stiffer. Besides Glendale, Ariz., and Dallas, New Orleans officials have told NFL officials and team owners they want to host the championship game again as part of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
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