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December 29, 2012
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Year In Review

The city of Indianapolis threw its biggest party ever in 2012, hosting Super Bowl XLVI in February—a performance on the international stage that won rave reviews. It was a fitting way to start the year.

Even though the economy in Indiana and nationally continues to sputter, there was a surprising wealth of good news in 2012.

The residential real estate market finally perked up, with apartment development booming and sales of existing homes and permits for new homes jumping.

Homegrown technology success story ExactTarget Inc., founded barely a decade ago, successfully staged an initial public offering in March that left it with a $1.4 billion market value.

But the year also was marked by controversy. The General Assembly passed a right-to-work bill over howls of protest from union members.

And WellPoint Inc. bounced Angela Braly as CEO after an investor insurrection spurred by repeated missteps.

Click here for IBJ's complete year-in-review coverage.

Click here for the year in pictures.

Click here for IBJ's top 10 videos of 2012.

Click here for Lou Harry's annual A&E recap.

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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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