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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Velodrome plans in limboRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
While the Marian College cycling team has been off this month hunting national championships in Colorado, a plan by school officials to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks.
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Visible progress in the city hides other troublesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Indianapolis still looks like a city with momentum, despite the dismal economy. But appearances can be deceiving.
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Mayor hopes to fix budget by offering naming rights to city-owned propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to raise money by selling sponsorships, advertising and possibly even naming-rights deals for city-owned properties as they attempt to chip away at a projected $23 million deficit in the municipal budget.
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Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.
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City's environmental effort gets boostRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The McKinney Family Foundation has created a fund to support initiatives of Mayor Greg Ballard's 3-month-old Office of Sustainability, an environmental initiative that promotes projects ranging from energy-efficient city buildings to bicycle paths.
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Sharing a vision for a better IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Brian Williams
Here are six recommendations to help Mayor Greg Ballard clarify his vision for Indianapolis as the city begins its second year under his leadership.
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Our 2009 wish list for IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Now that we've closed the book on a difficult year, let's recognize some of the bright spots of 2008 as well as some areas that need improvement. We propose these new year's resolutions for Indianapolis:
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Ex-Noblesville official paved way for project after resigning post

December 22, 2008
Cory Schouten
A quick turnaround from city official to high-paid land-use lobbyist raises questions for some critics of revolving-door government.
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Arts advocates seek money from Indy governmentRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is leading talks with city councilors, Deputy Mayor Nick Weber and the chiefs of top cultural organizations about how to create a bigger pot of revenue for the arts.
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Struggling City Market loses subsidyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has notified the City Market that the financially strapped city is phasing out its subsidies to the historic downtown fixture, which account for one-quarter of the market's nearly $1 million budget.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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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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  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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