Suburban Issues

Indy home sales likely slowing to 'new normal'

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements tumbled 14.9 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in June, the tenth straight month deals have decreased, according to F.C. Tucker Co.
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Northern suburbs see blitz of apartment construction

July 12, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Growing demand for high-end, low-maintenance living is fueling an apartment-building boom in Indianapolis’ northern suburbs—and raising concerns among some leaders about the risks of adding too much too fast.
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Indy's Evolution: Johnson County steps up growth chaseRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Dan Human
The county south of Indianapolis was king of the suburbs in the 1970s, but now has fallen far behind Hamilton to the north in population and income, and in recent years slipped behind Hendricks County to the west.
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Aging suburbs facing long road backRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Poverty is encroaching on the outer townships of Marion County, adding to their handicap in the competition with doughnut counties, where houses are newer, and sidewalks, sewer connections and bike paths come standard.
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Strapped schools are wheeling and dealing with municipalities

May 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
State-mandated tax caps are putting additional pressure on public budgets—and spurring local governments to take unusual steps to help their cash-strapped schools.
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Election key step in town's change into city

May 4, 2014
Associated Press
An Indianapolis suburb will begin the transition from the town to city this Tuesday, as voters in Fishers vote in its first municipal primary election.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Pence signs bill allowing counties to vote on transit expansion

March 26, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Officials in six central Indiana counties have the go-ahead to seek voter permission to fund a regional bus system.
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Suburban news pubs headed for more mailboxes

March 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Following the recent launch of magazine-style community newsletters in four more northern Indy communities, TownePost plans to add Greenwood to its stable.
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Indy sets winter record for snowfall, and we're not done

February 16, 2014
Associated Press
Total accumulation so far for December through February has surpassed the infamous deluge recorded in winter 1981-82.
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Indy Chamber proposes commuter taxRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Chamber is making the case for a commuter tax, arguing that it’s the best way to solve continual fiscal problems threatening to make Marion County, thus the whole metro area, less competitive.
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21-acre Greenwood tract marketed for apartment development

January 14, 2014
Scott Olson
Developer J. Greg Allen had planned to build condominiums on the site before the housing market crashed. He relinquished the property to his lender, BMO Harris.
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Carmel complex's new owner plans major upgrade

November 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zeller Realty Group has acquired the 300,000-square-foot Meridian Plaza right on Carmel's front door step, and is gearing up for a $4 million revamp.
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Indianapolis-area home sales take nosedive

November 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Although area sales are up 16 percent through the first 10 months of the year, the trend has slammed into reverse in recent months amid higher mortgage rates and tighter inventories.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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Advocates for mass transit may need to ante upRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis area’s largest employers have spent millions of dollars studying and promoting regional mass transit, but if the idea is going to get past the Legislature, they might have to put money into the $1.3 billion system as well.
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Transit bill to face tough road in SenateRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.
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Hospital systems forcing doctors to choose sidesRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
The five-year trend of physician practices marrying up with hospitals has made it harder and harder for independent physician practices to spend time in more than one hospital system.
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Shuttle to Hamilton County job sites is tweakedRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
A reverse-commute shuttle that helps Indianapolis residents get to jobs in Carmel and Fishers is being expanded.
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Airport neighbors team up on 'AeroVision'Restricted Content

January 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Mayor Greg Ballard is expected on Jan. 30 to lay out plans for a cross-county economic development area anchored by Indianapolis International Airport that promises to quell political divisions and clear the way for investment.
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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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Future of Fishers campaign focuses on ballot questionsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Public meetings offer residents opportunity to learn about potential change in northeast-side town's form of government.
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Rising gas prices prompt creation of ninth area vanpool routeRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Central Indiana Commuter Services started offering service this month between Franklin and the Defense Finance & Accounting Services facility in Indianapolis.
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Chamber merger stirs fears in regional economic development groupsRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Develop Indy, the economic development arm of Indianapolis, is working on a merger with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that has suburban economic development professionals concerned central Indiana will lose an independent voice in marketing the region to new business.
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Transit plan may boost real estate investmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A proposed $1.3 billion transit system might bring redevelopment to urban neighborhoods. Yet transit proponents have surprisingly little to say about how much the system could generate in new real estate investment.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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