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Peace gardens slated for downtown

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The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

The gardens, to be completed by the end of the year, are an extension of the Glick Peace Walk, which is on the trail along Walnut Street between Capitol Avenue and Meridian Street. The idea behind the $2 million Peace Walk is to honor great humanitarians with a series of educational monuments, which Cultural Trail officials refer to as "luminary gardens."

The garden dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. will be on the southeast corner of the intersection of Washington Street, Virginia Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. (For happy hour regulars, that's in front of Scotty's Brewhouse.)

Abraham Lincoln's garden will be at the southwest corner of Washington Street and Capitol Avenue, near the Simon Property Group headquarters.

Work on the eight-mile urban trail so far has circumvented weekday hubub around Monument Circle, but all that is about to change. Construction will start this spring on the trail's central corridor, which will follow the north side of Washington Street from Alabama Street to West Street. According to the trail's most recently posted construction updates, Indianapolis Power and Light was scheduled to start its preparation work this month at Delaware and Washington streets and move westward.

Also this month, AT&T was scheduled to start relocating lines across Virginia Avenue, between South and McCarty streets, in preparation for work on the southeast corridor to Fountain Square.

Wondering what's happening with that torn-up block of  Alabama Street between Market and Washington streets near the City-County Building? The Cultural Trail expects to finish its work there in April. The same goes for the one-block stretch of Capitol Avenue from Washington Street to Maryland Street.

Thanks to a $20.5 million federal stimulus grant, the $62.5 million Cultural Trail expects to be substantially complete before the 2012 Super Bowl.

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  • Needs to happen more...
    We need to make the core of our communities nicer saving the costs of continuing to pay for moving farther out and still having more and more cost in. Just Basic Economics 101.
    Wish our State leaders would do what is right for our people, Cities, and communities more often.
  • Obamanomics!
    Obamanomics at its finest folks! Thank your children and grandchildren for this, they will be paying for it!
  • Good news!
    Keep it up! this is one of the great downtown ammenities that made my decision to move downtown!!!!

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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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