Quality of Life

Large crowds buoying pro sports teams

August 30, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.
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Noblesville eyes plans for $10M park, amphitheater

August 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials hope to bolster the city's "hipstoric" downtown and jump-start redevelopment of a key community gateway. But the price strikes some as steep.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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Mayor wants to lure high-earners to boost income-tax baseRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard's chief deputy has spent the past six months telling community and business leaders that the city simply cannot cut its way out of its revenue problems; it also needs to attract more people to live within city boundaries so they will pay their income tax to Indianapolis.
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Downtown plan proposes street changes, parks, lighting

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A not-for-profit's proposal for downtown Indy focuses on making it more comfortable and dynamic for urban dwellers.
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Ballard wins allies for cricket strategyRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Both sides of the political aisle are howling that the $6 million transforming Post Road Community Park into the Indianapolis World Sports Park could be better spent. Yet a powerful group of people and organizations says the 48-acre park championed by Mayor Greg Ballard is already paying off and will score even bigger dividends in the future.
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IDI’s Velocity project plumbs urban neighborhoods

June 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The strategic planning project is holding a series of neighborhood roundtable meetings this month in hopes of having final recommendations for the future of downtown by the end of the year.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Community guru preps new HQ

November 16, 2012
Mason King
LQ_bill_taft_watchvideo_LISCHow did the leader of one of Indy's top neighborhood development groups help save part of the City Market? How did he help spark the Super Bowl legacy project? Any advice for home rehabs? Bill Taft has answers.
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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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Georgia Street reconstruction project starts underground

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is under way on the $12.5 million transformation of a three-block stretch between Pennsylvania Street and Capitol Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly corridor.
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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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City meets deadline to get federal money for housing projects

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $29 million will be used to acquire and demolish or rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned homes.
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Reopening set for Moscow covered bridge

September 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Organizers are planning a weekend ceremony to dedicate a rebuilt covered bridge in central Indiana that was destroyed by a tornado more than two years ago.
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GIGERICH: Happiness is factor in location choices

April 17, 2010
Larry Gigerich
State-by-state comparisons ranking residents' satisfaction levels are gaining traction in economic development circles. While rankings do not drive site-selection decisions, they do play a role.
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Urban expert lauds Indianapolis for progress

March 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Native Hoosier Aaron Renn, who writes the popular Urbanophile blog, said Indianapolis stacks up well against its Midwestern counterparts and can compete for jobs with national hot spots such as Portland, Ore.
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Cultural Trail snags $20.5 million stimulus boost

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The funds will be used for construction on the remaining 4.5 miles of the $62.5 million project, officials announced Wednesday.
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Covered bridge project draws special attention

February 6, 2010
Norm Heikens
A plethora of experts like Dan Collom are restoring the Moscow bridge, built in 1886 and destroyed by a tornado in 2008.

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Study recommends upgrades for public transportation in counties surrounding IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
IndyGo, for all its faults, is the Cadillac of transit systems in the Indianapolis region. Service breaks at county lines and the absence of passenger shelters are among the deficiencies facing transit systems in surrounding counties.
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Indiana improves in business tax ranking

September 25, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana is becoming more business-friendly, according to the latest national ranking from the Tax Foundation, which moved the state up two places to 12th.
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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big eventsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Marc D. Allan
They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.
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Indianapolis shows up peer cities in attracting the young and educated

September 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
Cities must woo people while they’re young—in their 20s or early 30s—because after that age, people tend to hunker down. The Indianapolis area apparently appeals to at least two key groups of young people—particularly those already married, according to a new study by researchers at IUPUI.
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City shows up peers in luring, keeping young, educated, married couplesRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
J.K. Wall

 Regional economic development experts say cities must woo talented people while they're young--in their 20s or early 30s--because, after that age, people tend to hunker down. The Indianapolis area apparently appeals to at least two key groups of young people--particularly those already married, according to a new study by researchers at IUPUI.

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Group plots public-private revival for midtown Meridian neighborhoodsRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Cory Schouten
There was a time when residents of Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, and Broad Ripple viewed North Meridian Street as a connection between their neighborhoods. These days, the road feels more like a divide-an intimidating commuter highway between downtown and the northern suburbs that discourages pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A partnership of community groups including the Meridian Street Foundation is hoping to change that by giving the neighborhoods a collective identity--Midtown--and mixing private and public money to fund major infrastructure improvements.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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