Could we not see this coming? An alternative nicotine delivery mechanism, untested and unregulated by the federal government, with slick advertising and features (like flavoring) designed to appeal to children who might otherwise not pick up the habit—seriously?
As a central Indiana resident and chairman of the board of Indiana Trails, I am appalled to learn there were no satisfactory bids to do a complete job of removing the Nickel Plate Railroad tracks, ties and rail spikes, and then rebuild the railroad crossings impacted. Yet, the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority still voted to move forward.
By demolishing the Drake, the museum’s goal is not to create more parking; it is to reallocate money being spent on a building that no one has found a way to save so that the museum can offer programs that benefit children and families in our community. But we have heard the city’s concerns, understand the position of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, and look forward to working with the city to find a solution.