Tourist Attractions

Super Celebration site turnout less than expected

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Outlying communities say they saw steady ridership on free shuttles heading to and from downtown Indianapolis, but the sites received fewer Super Bowl visitors than expected.
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Fans' first Super Bowl media day a hot ticket

January 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Media day has long been a major attraction at the Super Bowl, and this year for the first time, fans—many from the Indianapolis area—were allowed to experience the carnival atmosphere first-hand.
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Festivities draw record crowds downtown

January 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Super Bowl Village’s opening weekend met local organizers’ expectations—and then some—drawing more than 205,000 visitors from Friday through Sunday.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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Conner Prairie attendance up slightly in 2011

January 26, 2012
Visits to the park in 2011 increased nearly 2 percent from the previous year, to 218,063, thanks in part to the opening of its $4.4 million Civil War exhibit.
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Interest expressed in reopening amusement park

January 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of an Indiana amusement park are expressing interest in operating Kentucky Kingdom, which closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana lawmakers ponder more for state fair victims

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
State lawmakers could provide an additional $4 million to victims of last summer's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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Children's Museum attendance hits another record

January 3, 2012
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis set an attendance record in 2011 with 1.27 million visitors, topping the high mark it set the previous year by 9.4 percent.
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City tourism generated $3.6B in 2010, study says

December 14, 2011
An Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association study shows the amount of tourism dollars last year increased by $120 million from 2009. The city also attracted more visitors in 2010.
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Zoo launches $30M campaign to build orangutan center

December 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Construction on the International Orangutan Center would start in August, with the opening set for Memorial Day weekend in 2014.
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Defects prompt closure of county fair grandstands

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana county faces a big bill to replace its fairground's grandstand after numerous safety problems were found during an inspection prompted by this summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Ripken eyes Indy for major youth baseball complex

November 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Ripken Baseball Inc., which operates two of the country's top youth baseball facilities, are considering Indianapolis as a location for a major complex that could cost up to $20 million to build and draw thousands of players and spectators each year.
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Photographer sues French Lick resort over angels paintings

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Pamela Mougin, a onetime Indianapolis photographer who now runs a studio in Colorado, filed suit this month against French Lick Resort & Casino for copyright infringement.
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IMA losing chief right before big fundraising effort

October 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Maxwell Anderson is leaving his post as CEO at the Indianapolis Museum of Art just as the institution is preparing to launch a capital campaign it hopes will make up for financial pain inflicted by the recession.
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Art museum CEO Anderson headed to Dallas

October 20, 2011
Greg Andrews
Achievements during Max Anderson's tenure included opening the 100 Acres art-and-nature park as well acquiring the Miller House and Garden in Columbus. However,  he also had to grapple with fiscal challenges that led to more than $7 million in budget cuts.
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Fair stage-collapse reports may not arrive until April

October 18, 2011
Associated Press
A pair of high-level investigations into the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse may not be released in time to help prepare for next year's fair.
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State fair profitable, but collapse will be costly in the end

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
Despite the Aug. 13 stage collapse killing 7 concertgoers, the Indiana State Fair turned a modest profit of $389,000 this year. But about $500,000 in potential revenue was lost in the aftermath of the tragedy, and two investigations will cost about $1 million by the end of the year.
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New gym giving City Market a boost

October 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The full-service YMCA, known as Indy Bike Hub, opened Sept. 7 after a $3.5 million renovation of the City Market’s East Wing that also included improvements to the market’s main hall.
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Anderson racino emerges from bankruptcy

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The parent company of Anderson racetrack and casino Hoosier Park has officially emerged from bankruptcy. The original shareholders of Centaur Inc., about 80 individual Indiana investors, lost their entire investment in the company.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Texas firm buys water-park hotel on northwest side

September 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
General Hotels Corp. has finalized the sale of the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park, averting closure of the 344-room hotel and saving 266 jobs.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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Change of direction prompts City Market leader's resignation

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Jim Reilly, who oversaw a major renovation of the historic building, will step down from his second stint as executive director on Sept. 13 while City Market officials explore outsourcing leadership duties.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Sculpture headed back atop Indianapolis monument

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
A 38-foot-tall bronze sculpture will soon be back atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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