As national retail giants seek to dramatically shrink the local property taxes they pay, they put at risk the budgets of schools, libraries and other local units of government that already struggle to make ends meet.
Headquarters house a company’s best and brightest, including executives with authority to make final decisions. The corner office is more likely than an outpost to back a risky or expensive project to improve a city.
The executive suite and boardroom of today’s Anthem do not have the deep Hoosier roots that were present in Frick’s day. But we hope they respect that legacy and are equally reticent to bargain away a headquarters.
In the case of Pulliam Square, Indianapolis must be extraordinarily vigilant. The city's own design guidelines call for special scrutiny of buildings that face the five-block stretch of parks and memorials.
A legal battle over the city’s troubled $32 million plan to rent a fleet of electric cars could cost taxpayers dearly. But Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration left the City-County Council little choice.