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ANNALA: Improve transit for Ralph's sakeRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Let me tell you about Ralph. Ralph is among 78 percent of IndyGo riders who have no vehicle available, 65 percent who are employed, and 70 percent who earn less than $25,000 a year.
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TEASLEY: Extend clarity to vouchers, chartersRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
State schools superintendent Tony Bennett was right to celebrate the achievements of the past three years of his administration during his recent State of Education address. He made it clear that all Indiana schools are now a “school of choice” and that access to most any school is now an option for all Hoosiers.
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PERSON: Stand up for the ISO before it's too lateRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Sheldon Person / Special to IBJ
For three years, Indianapolis was the city I called home, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was where I was proud to work. I am sad to learn not only of the serious problems the organization now faces, but also of the possibility that the Indianapolis community could lose one of its greatest assets.
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WILLIAMS: Anchor MSA redevelopment with City HallRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Brian Williams
Any successful revitalization of the Market Square Arena site demands restoring the former City Hall as the public’s house. City Hall’s decaying grandeur casts a long shadow over the neighboring parking lots created by the implosion of MSA 11 years ago and is probably overwhelming the facile designs associated with redevelopment proposals.
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ALTEMEYER: ISO's challenges real, but solvableRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Don Altemeyer
The challenges facing the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra are now widely known, but many still struggle with how that can be, especially when you look out at the sea of people in attendance at some of our Symphony on the Prairie performances. But facts are facts.
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GUY: Let's stop bashing governmentRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
John Guy
In the following words, a friend implies that I love government: “I feel you believe in much more reliance on government, and I prefer free markets.” My reaction: Not really!
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HENDERSON: If coffee were like gasolineRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Tom Henderson
Today, we’re paying what the market will not get upset over, just like the enormous price of coffee, whose bean prices have also collapsed.
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SULLIVAN: Work-share is no-brainerRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Mary Ann Sullivan / Special to IBJ
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that Indiana is eligible for more than $2 million to implement a program known as “work-share.” Unfortunately, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced earlier this month that it would not participate.
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HERRICK: Run government like a businessRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Bill Herrick / Special to IBJ
I believe government has forgotten that the reason businesses borrow money is to make money and grow.
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AHLRICHS: Embedding strategy in the ranksRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Nancy Ahlrichs / Special to IBJ
Multiple organizations, from St. Vincent Health to Emmis Communications Corp. to Buckingham Cos. to Riley Children’s Foundation, have added a “chief strategy officer” to their ranks.
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DOWNS: How the Democrats can come backRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Andrew Downs / Special to IBJ
This may be a bad year for Democrats in Indiana.
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SMAGALA: Drought lessons from PhoenixRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Jenelle Smagala / Special to IBJ
As I drove to the airport recently, I couldn’t help but notice all the sprinklers watering lawns in front of houses, businesses and sports fields.
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WALTZ: How to ease away from a senseless taxRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Bill Waltz / Special to IBJ
No one I know particularly enjoys paying taxes, but nearly (if not literally) all will admit to their necessity in helping provide government services to keep our economy running.
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WILLIAMS: Biodiesel makes sense for IndyRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Brian Williams
The rebirth of downtown and its continued viability are the result of clustered assets—hotels, the convention center, sporting facilities, familiar restaurants—and a strong convention business.
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GUY: Irrationality, fear are on the marchRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
John Guy
Increasing fear comes from nowhere. The American crime rate has not risen for decades, and the homicide rate has fallen.
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WHITE: Car culture drives up development costsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Drew White
In central Indiana, 94 percent of Hoosiers own a car, and we generally don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel to go to work, the grocery store or the doctor’s office.
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AGARWAL: Right-to-work battle moves to courtRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Asheesh Agarwal / Special to IBJ
The union movement is desperate for a victory, whether at the ballot box, legislature, or courthouse.
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BOHANON: Much to applaud in 'liberal' IndianaRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
We are skeptical but not cynical about the role of government.
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KEESLING: Putting the heart in HeartlandRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
We’re never going to win the battle for environmental justice if it’s only embraced on the coasts.
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FRIEDMAN: Business tax cuts aren't DemocraticRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Not only is such a plan lousy politics, but the evidence is overwhelming that there are better ways to make Indiana attractive for economic development.
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BINGAMAN: Welcome to Indy; now go buy a carRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Ehren T. Bingaman / Special to IBJ
Would Andrew Luck the Aspiring Architect ever consider moving to Indy?
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FAENZI: Why are we still fighting about gay rights?Restricted Content

May 12, 2012
Carol Faenzi
Despite fierce opposition, some politicians are finally speaking out to say they are in favor of marriage and equal rights for gay citizens.
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GIGERICH: Adult workers need much more trainingRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Larry Gigerich
Like many states, Indiana faces a critical need to retrain and, in some cases, re-career adults over age 35.
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BROWN: Why IPS parents rebuff The Mind Trust planRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Amos Brown
Stability and quality are what IPS residents want.
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CHOCOLA: Why it's time for Lugar to come homeRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Chris Chocola / Special to IBJ
I’m thankful to say there are few Republicans left who still support earmarks. Regrettably, one of the remaining few is 35-year Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.
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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

  4. Sure, I'll admit that it bugs me to see that the IBJ.COM censors it's blog posts almost as much as the D of I does when someone points out the falsehoods and fabrications. _____But I think it bothers me almost as much that Captain/Defender/Disciple get his yanked too. You see, those of us with a sense of integrity, humanity, compassion, and a need for fact based opinion WANT to see all of his screeds posted. It makes our point so much better than we can do it ourselves.

  5. We're conflating two very different topics. Voter fraud is a myth and excessive gun violence is all too real. I just hope rational gunowners decide to stop being shouted down by the, well, let's call them "less rational" ones.

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