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  1. I too miss Wright. he added something MORE than just a pretty face on a Barbie doll clone. I wish him much success wherever he goes.

  2. When the Old Northside Foundation built the soccer park, with the help of then Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, we hoped that it would connect the neighborhood to the then un-built lower section of the Monon Trail and stimulate additional development in this area. We are excited to see these new projects.

  3. Am I the only citizen that thinks this is too incredible to be believed? How could he not be benefitting from this connection? There are good people that work for state government but it's idiots like this that cast doubt on the honesty of all the other employees of state agencies. Where is the integrity of the people who are in a position to do something about this? So disgusted.....

  4. An good news about our symphony is welcome news to me. However, I don't see revenue data here to coincide with the "ticket sales" data. This has been carefully worded so that no one can see they're making an apples to oranges comparison in order to put some lipstick on a pig. Since most of the symphony's so-called marketing efforts seem centered around sales promotions and manipulative promotional tactics (versus true re-establishment of any semblance of a brand that ISO management abandoned years ago when the bottom line became more important than its programming, its stature, artistic excellene or its musicians), a case can be made that while they're selling "more tickets" they're doing so for less money and therefore actually reducing the perceived value of the brand in perpetuity. Contrary to butts in seats, revenue is the true measure. In addition, only...what...a third at most of total revenue comes from ticket sales anyway? So I don't see what buy one/get one offers or buy 8 get two free or whatever the manipulation might be gets you other than butts in seats (and other disgruntled patrons like me who paid full price for those seats originally by the way) when you still don't have a full time, engaged music director, you raped your musicians (your only real asset) with a 32% pay cut and you've cut scheduling and classical programming and reduced one of the country's great full-time orchestras to what amounts to a part-time community orchestra staffed by contract retirees, subs, students and only a handful of the true, original, world-class musicians that made the ISO what it was before the bean counters started gutting it. ISO management needs to be doing a lot more explaining and a lot less preening. Increased tickets sold is different from ticket sales. A balanced budget means nothing if to get there you had to flog your musicians, force others into retirement and replace them with inexperienced, cheaper players and substitutes. The organization is still fundamentally flawed with essentially a vanity do-nothing board of directors and lap-dog management to whom widget sales are more important than artistic excellence. Bring back the days of Maestro Leppard and the true Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. And then talk to us about how things have improved.

  5. He paid for and went through the zoning approval process...pay the man!!

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