A milestone and a transition for the Property Lines blog

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Washington and Pennsylvania postcardFrom Cory Schouten: For six years, I've used this space mostly to share nuggets I found interesting about real estate in my hometown. My initial pitch for the blog called for inside baseball: a collection of stories about real estate brokers and developers and the details behind their deals. But Property Lines evolved into something a little more populist. It turns out people like to know what's going on in their neighborhoods, what stores are coming to their malls, and whether a project's design will be acceptable to Property Lines readers. For me, writing in this space has been a thrill, an excuse for me to explore the city, drive a different route home from work, and start buying old Indianapolis postcards on eBay. During that time, I met dozens of great people, including my wife, and moved to a historic home (circa 1925) in Butler Tarkington. Property Lines launched on March 21, 2007, so it seems fitting that I announce my successor exactly six years later. I took over as IBJ's managing editor this week, an exciting new role that allows me to work with incredibly talented journalists. Fortunately, one of them will be taking over this blog. Scott Olson has been writing for IBJ for more than 14 years. He knows the city, has great local sources, and he's fired up about taking over the real estate beat. He's already working on some great stories you'll get to enjoy in the coming days. (Please share your tips with him at solson@ibj.com.) Meanwhile, I'll be responsible for editing the blog and, on occasion, contributing reporting or maybe even a post for old time's sake. Thank you for your support of Property Lines.

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