Cultural Trail

DINING: Cultural Trail lands quirky hops stop

July 26, 2014
Lou Harry
A strip of restaurants has turned a previously anonymous stretch of real estate into a culinary destination. The latest neighbor: Chilly Water Brewing Co.
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Bikeshare program to launch downtown on Cultural Trail

April 4, 2014
Mason King
The program has been dubbed Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, due to a gift from the team's owner. Users will be able to rent bikes from 25 locations along the Cultural Trail.
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DINING: Ember attempts Cultural Trail culinary spark

January 4, 2014
Lou Harry
Former chain pizza place transforms into neighborhood eat/drinkery. First in a month of theme-free restaurant reviews.
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Cultural Trail opens, fuels development

December 28, 2013
Lou Harry
The trail officially opened in May at a cost of $63 million, including $6 million for a maintenance endowment.
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Gene Glick was a soldier, a builder and a philanthropic giantRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Norm Heikens, Jeff Newman
Gene Biccard Glick, who died at home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, built affordable housing sprawling across 10 states—a business empire that paved the way for tens of millions of dollars in donations to causes ranging from medicine to recreation.
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DINING: Rook doesn’t go by the book

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of game-piece restaurant reviews.
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Bike sharing lined up for downtown Cultural Trail

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city is prepared to award $1.5 million in federal funds to Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC, which would provide the service along the 8-mile route downtown.
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DINING: Sandwich shop Fresco no mere supermarket sidebar

May 18, 2013
Lou Harry
Third in a month-long series of Cultural Trail restaurant reviews.
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DINING: New yogurteria eschews parlour trappings for lounge atmosphere

May 11, 2013
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of Indianapolis Cultural Trail restaurant reviews.
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Defining the Indianapolis Cultural TrailRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
After more than a decade of planning, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will have its official ribbon cutting May 10 with a coming-out party on May 11. And that’s when boosters and skeptics alike will be watching to see what exactly Indianapolis is going to do with its difficult-to-grasp landmark.
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DINING: Second City-inspired pizzeria wants to be second to none

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of Indianapolis Cultural Trail restaurant reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: To learn about the Cultural Trail, walk it

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
While I’ve been bullish on the Cultural Trail, I realized recently that I haven’t actually walked it—at least, not all of it. Time to change that.
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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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Cultural Trail leaders cancel plans for controversial statue

December 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. have pulled the plug on a controversial sculpture depicting a freed slave.
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Walk Indianapolis debuts with downtown architectural tours

October 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The joint effort between local architects and tourism officials allows residents and visitors to download self-guided audio tours of the city's major monuments, sports venues and public buildings.
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Decision nears on fate of freed-slave sculpture

October 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Controversy has swirled around a piece of art commissioned for the Cultural Trail’s $2 million public art program. What ultimately happens to Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum” sculpture of a freed slave could alienate local African-Americans who oppose it or draw the scorn of national art critics.
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Indianapolis Cultural Trail takes 'pause' for Conrad hotel

September 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Planning around the Conrad's valet parking operation posed the most challenging dilemma faced by organizers of the 8-mile Cultural Trail.
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Cultural Trail names executive director

May 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has hired its first executive director, Karen Haley, who was also the first director of the city’s Office of Sustainability.
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Cultural Trail unveils garage's million-dollar art installment

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The latest piece of art to be installed along downtown Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail will cost almost as much as the first eight displays combined.
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Wilson sculpture prompts talk about race, art

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has granted $50,000 to support the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s ongoing outreach efforts surrounding the controversial sculpture.
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Mass Ave property owner gets foothold on Virginia Avenue

January 18, 2011
Tom Harton
A downtown advocate who renovated and repopulated a commercial building on what was once a desolate stretch of Massachusetts Avenue hopes to do the same on Virginia Avenue, where he just closed on the purchase of three contiguous commercial buildings totaling 15,000 square feet.
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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Walnut Street building sold for retail use

October 5, 2010
Tom Harton
The two-story industrial building along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will be converted into a furniture store.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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