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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.
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Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.
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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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SPECIAL REPORT: Charter Homes draws scrutiny for odd sales claims, multiple liens

August 25, 2008
Cory Schouten
Charter Homes owner Jerry Jaquess fancies himself a white knight for King Park, a neighborhood once known mainly for its rampant crime, boarded-up homes and vacant lots. But as he’s constructed a slew of homes and carriage houses there, the local builder has stirred up several lawsuits, dozens of liens and persistent questions about whether his business is legit.
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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.
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At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township trustee taps taxpayers for millions

February 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
At an aging building at 863 Massachusetts Ave., they pass through a metal detector and wait in line to show a clerk their identification and copies of overdue bills. Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer sometimes helps. The Trustee's Office received an average of $6.9 million each of the last seven years, mostly from taxes, to provide poor relief-now known as township assistance. But only about $2 million reached the penniless each year, with much of the difference covering administrative overhead....
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SPECIAL REPORT: Financial travails dog 'mystery man' at helm of Premier Properties

December 17, 2007
Cory Schouten
An IBJ review of hundreds of pages of public records shows Christopher P. White and his Premier Properties USA Inc. are facing major financial and legal challenges. The most glaring signs of trouble: Contractors have filed more than $3.5 million in liens against Premier’s retail properties in Plainfield; the state of Indiana is trying to recover $375,000 in sales taxes on White’s airplane; and the contractor who renovated his Lake Clearwater mansion is suing him to recover more than $600,000 in unpaid bills.
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Critics question trustee's property portfolio given mission to help needy

November 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
Center Township has real estate holdings worth more than $10 million, according to IBJ research. The township's robust real estate portfolio—highly unusual for an Indiana township—fits Trustee Carl L. Drummer's vision for his taxpayer-supported office. But it makes others see red.
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IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

January 16, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.
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