Obama taking downtown space

March 31, 2008
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Former FlagstarSen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign plans to temporarily take over one of the city's most prominent retail spaces. The campaign has reached a deal to open an office in Flagstar Bank's former space in Two North Meridian, at the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets. Obama for America will use the space through the May primary. The building owner still is looking for a permanent tenant and has been negotiating with New York-based Foot Locker. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, plans to open several Indiana offices today, including one downtown at 445 North Pennsylvania St., at the southeast corner of Michigan and Pennsylvania streets.
  • How much money can he spend to sow his seeds of insignificance? But, that's the American way, a grass roots chance at the impossible.
  • berwickguy, you've got to be kidding. Where exactly do you get your news?
  • ...Back on topic, that's a nice temporary use of the space.
  • Until they get permanent tenants I guess this would work. It's either this or t-shirts or fireworks for sale likes so many spaces around town that remain empty.
  • Good temporary tenant. Please not a Footlocker.
  • Wow. Obama's campaign really does have a lot of money. If he wasn't rolling in it I doubt you would ever see a political office take this high profile a spot. Still, good idea to use such a high profile space if you can afford it.

    As for future permanent tenants: probably a bank. I know, we all want an Apple store, but its not happening.
  • I know, we all want an Apple store, but its not happening.

    How do you know?
  • Fixed: I don't think anyone wants an Apple store, so it's not happening.”
  • I want a downtown Apple store.
  • Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, plans to open several Indiana offices today, including one downtown at 445 North Pennsylvania St.

    In other words, the headline up there should read Obama, Clinton both taking downtown space.

    I'm voting for Obama, but the headline seems a bit unfair.
  • This is a good temporary use of downtown space. Though I agree it is a bit unfair that it says Obama taking downtown space.
  • I think the headline is referring to the space that is being taken. The news is that this high profile space is being used. If Hillary was opening her office in say, the Penn Arts building, that would be worthy of being posted on this blog. Both spaces have been previously discussed (at length).
  • I just got back from Hillary's downtown headquarters for a political science course at IUPUI. I was intending to go to the Obama headquarters but it was completely empty. Hillary's headquarters is having an opening day party/meet tonight around 6 if anyone is interested in attending.
  • What about John McCain's office?
  • I think we could judge by this thread who is in favor of an Apple store downtown. It is the sam people who are excited to see an Obama office in the same locale.
  • I do support Obama and want a downtown Apple store. I've got good taste, what can I say!
  • I think we need a John McCain office and a PC store downtown.
  • I think we need a Ron Paul office and a Commodore 64 office downtown.
  • OBAMA 2008!!!! Glad to see they're using the empty space until someone else finds a use for it
  • Brad and Indy, LOL!
  • If I wanted a fantastic orator with limited experience and very little real substance when it comes to his policys and positions, I would be voting for Obama. Since that is NOT what I want, I will be voting for Hillary Clinton. Obama supporters can keep their speeches, I'll take a capable president.

    And while we're on this subject..... will people stop saying Hillary should drop put??? So, she can't mathematically win the delegates needed to secure the nomination...... NEITHER can Obama! Hillary CAN, in fact, still win the popular vote. AND, if she wins the popular vote, i think it is ABSOLUTELY necessary for the the SUPERdelegates to cast their votes and affirm THAT result. This delegate thing is CRAZY and confusing......... How can Hillary win the popular vote in Texas by more than 100,000 votes and STILL come up short to Obama in terms of pledged delegates there???? Nonsense!
  • Did you hear that Pat Paulson was opening a campaign office downtown? I think it is in the basement of the Monument Circle. But I don't really care since I intend to vote for Pogo, again.
  • I'll take the other McCain for President, Lucas McCain, the Rifleman!
  • I'd vote for John McLain

  • Chalk this up to another example of the positive impacts of this years presidential campaign for Indiana.
  • whatINtheWORLD,

    Remember 2000's election? It doesn't matter what the popular vote says. As long as the person gets enough Delegates or Electoral Votes, the popular vote is crap.

    Also don't forget the past 7-8 years... Popularity does not matter in politics any more. What matters is what the select few say. Granted, Hillary should not quit till all votes are counted (granted that she sees it through). Even though I am not a Hillary supporter, I still feel that she should at least run until the end when someone actually is nominated.

    If Hillary, Obama, or any other candidate that is or has ever been running a race this closely and drops out would be like a the Colts going to the Super Bowl and having a close game through the 3rd or most of the 4th quarter and quitting before the final score. So, Like I have said, Even though I am not a Hillary supporter, I say... Let the games continue until a winner is announced by Delegates.
  • Regarding my post above, on April 1st, (April Fool's Day), it ain't true. Only a joke. Pat Paulson is not opening an office in town and I won't vote for Pogo again. In fact, I do take this election very seriously and listen to all three candidates each day to learn as much about them as I can. If I'm still sane in November I ought to have a good opinion on who to vote for.
  • I would love to see and Apple store downtown. Not sure were the evidence is that no one wants and Apple store came from.
  • Would not like to see an Apple store on this corner. Maybe in the mall, but not on the corner. Apple is over-rated.
  • Yeah their excellent products, customer service and complete purchasing experience is definitely over-rated.
  • Yes I agree, why do we need great products and service, when we could buy something that has a dialog box tha pops up and says Are you sure you want to do that...just wait our next product will even be worse

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