Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New life for Old City Hall

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The 1,500-pound limestone eagle sculpture, shattered as a crew hung a poster for the TURF art show at the Old City Hall during the Super Bowl, is once again whole thanks to the artisans at Accent Limestone and Carving. At 7 a.m. on Thursday, a crane will restore the bird to its perch. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • The 1,500-pound limestone eagle sculpture, shattered as a crew hung a poster for the TURF art show at the Old City Hall during the Super Bowl, is once again whole thanks to the artisans at Accent Limestone and Carving. At 7 a.m. on Thursday, a crane will restore the bird to its perch.

Built in 1909 as the home for city government until IndyGov moved to the City-County Building in the Sixties, Old City Hall has also served as a home to the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Public Library's main branch. Now a new initiative is working to bring the building back into service on behalf of the city's cultural life.

Five planners have taken up residence at Old City Hall and each is in charge of one of the following themes that will serve as elemental building blocks to Plan 2020, a long-range comprehensive bi-centennial planning effort for Indianapolis: Live Indy, Love Indy, Work Indy, Serve Indy and Connect Indy.

In addition, the building is also open to the public from 8 a.m. -5 p.m., both as gallery space that will highlight current projects and community-based initiatives and as public meeting space for groups working on projects aimed at improving Indy's quality of life. For information on using the space, email

TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion opening night (slideshow)
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TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion opening night (slideshow)

TURF, IDADA's installation art pavilion, opened with a ticketed party Jan. 13. The pavilion remains open — and free — through the Super Bowl.

By Daniel Axler

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

NE Corridor Quality of Life Plan unveiling today

Posted by on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Editor's note: The NUVO news desk received the following press release from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation:

Northeast Corridor community members to unveil quality of life plan Largest, most comprehensive plan in the area's history

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - After sixteen months of inclusive discussions and meetings, neighbors, business owners, and community members will unveil the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan today, March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Avondale Meadows YMCA.

Nearly 27,000 people live in Northeast Corridor neighborhoods, which is bounded by 56th Street to the north, 16th Street to the south, Sherman Drive to the east (along with a potion extending to Emerson Avenue just north of 38th Street), and College Avenue to the west.

The neighborhoods include: Crosstown, Devington, Friends & Neighbors, Herron-Morton, Hillside, Kennedy-King, Keystone Monon, Keystone-Millersville, Martindale-Brightwood, Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, Oakhill, Old Northside, Oxford and Reagan Park.

The planning process, led by United Northeast Community Development Corporation (UNEC) and King Park Development Corporation (KPDC) with participation from 21 community partners, gave residents the opportunity to highlight the corridor's assets and build upon areas needing improvement. A full list of partners is at

Nearly 90 organizations and 930 people participated in developing the plan, which at completion, empowers residents to speak with one voice on issues, concerns and goals. The plan includes a vision and result statements for eight areas of focus: business growth, culture + connectivity + livability, education, health & wellness, housing, jobs & training, safety & crime, and youth engagement.

"We view the Quality of Life plan as an opportunity to define who we want to be in the next five to ten years," said Amandula Anderson, UNEC's Executive Director. "Like many communities, we face challenges. The planning process allowed all of us to have thoughtful and frank conversations about how we overcome our challenges and build a corridor for the future."

The Northeast Corridor Quality of Life plan was supported by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). In the last eight years, LISC has supported quality of life plans in seven other Indianapolis neighborhoods, including the Near Eastside and Southeast Indianapolis, resulting in substantial improvements for people who live, work and visit those areas. One example is the Near Eastside Superbowl Legacy Project, which leveraged a $1 million investment from the NFL into $152 million of investment into components of the Quality of Life plan of that neighborhood.

"Quality of life plans are driven by the community, for the community," said Bill Taft, executive director of LISC Indianapolis. "We are honored to support the Northeast Corridor in this effort, as they work to attract and engage employers, improve housing, and enhance connectivity to their many neighborhood assets."

WHAT: Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan Community Unveiling

WHEN: 4 p.m., TODAY, March 27

WHERE: Avondale Meadows YMCA 3908 Meadows Dr.

To learn more about the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan, please visit


LISC Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones -- good places to live, do business, work and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Indy's Sustainability Award Finalists Announced

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Editor's Note: On the morning of March 27, the NUVO news desk received the following announcement from the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability:


INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability today announced finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Sustainability Awards. Nine finalists were chosen from a strong field of nearly 50 applicants. Three finalists were selected for each of the Award's three categories: Economic, Environmental and Social.Three winners will be announced during the annual Indianapolis Sustainability Awards dinner on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

The Awards finalists are as follows:


- First Devington Apartment Homes, submitted by BWI LLC
- The Job Center, submitted by The Indianapolis Public Library
- Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University, submitted by Schmidt Associates


- Farm Co-Op, submitted by Distelrath Farms
- Devington Bus Stop Redesign, submitted by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. and Devington Communities Association
- Institute for Green and Sustainable Science - IGSS Summer Program 2013, submitted by Marian University


- EarthTeam, submitted by Kinney Group
- Green Streets, submitted by Willard Park of Holy Cross Westminster Civic Alliance
- Indy Urban Acres, submitted by Indianapolis Parks Foundation

For more information, including tickets and sponsorships, visit

About the Office of Sustainability

The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability was created by Mayor Greg Ballard to be the driving force behind SustainIndy. The Office provides a structure for implementation and policy recommendations for SustainIndy. The main charges of the Office of Sustainability are to lead sustainability efforts within city government; coordinate and collaborate on community sustainability goals; and establish public-private partnership opportunities to move forward aggressively on achieving the vision of a more sustainable Indianapolis.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Daycare shooting suspect on the loose

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

  • Courtesy of Wikimedia
Editor's Note: On Tuesday morning, the news desk received the following press release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department:

On February 18, 2014, at around 7:24 a.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were dispatched to the KinderCare located at 6750 Eagle View Drive on a report of shots fired. When officers arrived they located a female victim in the parking lot, next to her vehicle, shot multiple times. EMS personnel arrived and transported the victim to Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

The victim was found in the parking lot by the daycare director, who called police. The victim was able to tell police that her ex-husband, Christopher Justice, 33, was the person who shot her.

The victim had just dropped her two children off inside the daycare prior to the shooting. No children were injured during the incident.

At this time, investigators are looking for the suspect, Christopher Justice, B/M, 6'1", 180 lbs, driving a 2006, black Ford Fusion with Indiana "In God We Trust" plate number UXR330 with 2014 expiration.

Anyone with information about the location of the suspect or this incident is urged to call IMPD at 317-327-3475. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Court says KY must accept same-sex marriage

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

  • Courtesy of American Foundation for Equal Rights

Editor's note: This news, fresh out of Kentucky will have implications for Indiana, should the state enact HJR 3, seeing as Kentucky's constitutional amendment, like the original language set forth in HJR 3, prohibits the recognition of same-sex couples.

Judge John G. Heyburn II of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky at Louisville this week issued the following:

"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [sections] of the Kentucky Constitution deny validly married same-sex couples equal recognition and benefits under Kentucky and federal law, they violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

"The Court will set a hearing in the near future to discuss the appropriate form of relief and the timing of its effect.

This is not a final order."

The Indiana Senate will convene at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to hold its second reading of HJR 3, a process that could see the bill amended, passed as is or killed. More to come ...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Slideshow: $$ for Wheels and Wings

Posted by on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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$$ for Wheels and Wings (Slideshow)

Two local nonprofits — Nine13sports and Flight1 — teamed up for a party Saturday night at the Speak Easy to raise money for their adrenaline-boosting efforts on behalf of local kids.

By Phil Taylor/Phototaylor

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Two local nonprofits - Nine13sports and Flight1 - teamed up for a party Saturday night at the Speak Easy to raise money for their adrenaline-boosting efforts on behalf of local kids.

Nine13sports uses cycling as a gateway to health and fitness, while Flight1 provides aviation outreach of sorts, using flight to build confidence in children enduring health challenges or the loss of an immediate family member to illness.

IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball and Pacers Emcee (and Nine13 board member) Larra Overton attended as guests of honor at the inaugural Wheels 'n Wings event. Singer Ryan Brewer and the band The Lightweights provided music for the evening, City Barbeque fed the crowd and Sun King Brewing took care of the taps.

The auction raised an estimated $1,200. All told, with ticket sales and donations to produce the event, Indy stepped up to the tune of an estimated $11,000 to support Nine13 and Flight1.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HJR 3 Passes

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The amended version of HJR 3 has passed the House by a vote of 57-40. If the Senate passes the amended version - - with the second sentence removed - the amendment won't be on the state ballot in November.

Here's the original language:

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.

A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

Complete coverage can be found in the next issue of NUVO.

Monday, January 27, 2014

House strips HJR3's second sentence

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Stained glass in the Statehouse Meditation Room. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • Stained glass in the Statehouse Meditation Room.

On the House floor Monday evening, Indiana state representatives voted in favor of an amendment to HJR-3 that would strip language that "A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."

There were 52 votes for the amendment, 43 against and five excused absences.

Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to pass the amendment.

See the full story here.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

HJR 3 House vote set for Monday 1:30 p.m.

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM

  • Freedom Indiana

Editor's Note: This press release just came in from Freedom Indiana:

Monday's vote is about so much more than defeating a single piece of legislation. It's about real people, real Hoosier families who would forever suffer the consequences of this deeply flawed amendment.

HJR-3 would tell lifelong Hoosiers like Jesse that he and his partner David aren't welcome in the state they love. For loving mothers like Annette, HJR-3 means amending our state constitution to tell her son, who is gay, that he is undeserving of basic liberty.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Freedom Indiana ready for action today

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Editor's note: After yesterday's news that House Speaker Brian Bosma had moved the marriage amendment question out of a committee where votes to pass it could not be secured, Freedom Indiana - the bi-partisan, wide-spectrum political action group committed to defeating the bill - sent out the following press release:

Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued the following statement on House Speaker Brian Bosma's reassignment of HJR-3, the divisive marriage amendment, to a new committee today:

"Thousands of opponents of HJR-3 have called, written and come in person to the Statehouse to explain to lawmakers how this divisive amendment will harm our families, friends and loved ones. We've explained the very real problems with this amendment through our personal stories. We've followed the legislative process with an earnest expectation that legislators truly seek to represent their constituents.

"We found that to be the case with the legislators serving on the House Judiciary Committee, but House Speaker Brian Bosma broke his commitment to Hoosiers to uphold the traditional legislative process. Speaker Bosma repeatedly promised to treat this issue like any other bill and that no one person would not make this decision. We are proud of the way we have conducted ourselves and disappointed that Speaker Bosma did not live up to his word.

"Would we change our actions had we known all along that one man planned to change the rules to push this divisive amendment through? Absolutely not. And this power play only spurs us to fight harder. Today is a dark day for democracy in the state of Indiana, but we are more committed than ever to defeat this amendment for the good of our state, our economy and our future together."

Freedom Indiana is a bipartisan statewide organization that champions liberty for all Hoosiers. The organization is opposed to an amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of protections related to marriage under current Indiana law. Freedom Indiana launched in August 2013.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

An Interlude w/ a Difference: Diversity Awards

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The 2014 Diversity Award winners - COURTESY OF THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
  • Courtesy of the City of Indianapolis
  • The 2014 Diversity Award winners

Diversity like love can be a "many splendor-ed thing" as well as "being in the mind of the beholder." Clichés aside, Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard has enlarged 'the playing field' and is working toward "Diversifying Diversity" in all aspects of workplace, economic, educational, social and cultural settings. He wants the concept of diversity to be a matter of course. Perhaps one day there won't be a need to give awards for what Webster's defines as 1. "A state or an instance of difference; unlikeness. 2. Multiformity; variety; as diversity of opinion" because everyone will be accepting of differences, as in "Differently Abled." We'll be a society that honors justice and opportunity to attain meaningful work and contribute toward the well-being of others.

People involved with the city's Department of Minority and Women Business Development were saying during one-on-one conversations it's no longer just a Black/White, Female/Male issue. It's about each of us being appreciated for our different AND special qualities and for employers and organizations to create the kind of atmosphere that welcomes and allows everyone to contribute in both expected and unique ways as a workforce and as volunteer contributing towards the well-being of greater Indianapolis.

Mayor Ballard emphasized, "Diversity is not something we just talk about here in Indianapolis. It's something we do!"

This point was illustrated throughout the 13th Annual City of Indianapolis Diversity Awards Ceremony. Recipients shared what they are doing to add diversity to their workforce, to their clientele, to their way of doing business and interfacing with the community at large. An audience of about 700, at the JW Marriott Downtown on Jan. 14 applauded the tales of each organization's growth. It was illuminating because much of that growth has been "in-house," meaning it doesn't get a lot of general media attention.

The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition is the only initiative about which I knew. In accepting the recognition for "Community Advocacy" members of The Coalition reminded us that if we have to ask, "Am I my brother's keeper?" we need an attitude adjustment. Each of us has a responsibility to make our neighborhood welcoming to a variety of people. Where safety is an issue we have to work together to protect each other, to offer a different, more positive way of life to people who feel marginalized. "It's not easy" came across loud and clear. To care about my neighbors I have to get out, reach out. Conversation buzzed about how easy it has become to lock our doors and hunker down inside.

The point made in the tribute to Wellpoint is that in setting the bar high Wellpoint leaders are showing other business it's doable. The metaphor is not to try to jump over their exemplary bar but rather to stretch up to it. Remember Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood? Well, Wellpoint 'likes their employees just the way they are.' Physical challenges don't shut people out. Diversity identifies what people contribute, not what they look like or how they get around. Employees talk about how Wellpoint leadership enables employees to excel in the workplace and to gain friendships among colleagues and work as a team.

Each of the other recipients reiterated how they strive to build affirming relationships with variety at the forefront, which translates to being open to different ideas, styles and approaches toward the mission of that organization.

The Award recipients are:
Community Advocacy Award -The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition
Development Award -Teachers Credit Union (TCU)
Community Relations Award - Harrison College
Leadership Award - PNC Bank
Workforce Diversity Award - National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Best of the Best Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award, honoring the leadership of Dr. Sam H. Jones - WellPoint, Inc.

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Survey finds ignorance uptick on climate change

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Editor's note: The news desk received the following press release from Yale University at 10:14 a.m. on Jan. 16.



A national survey conducted in the final months of 2013 finds that there has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening (23%, up 7 percentage points since April 2013). But about two in three Americans (63%) believe global warming is happening, a number that has been consistent since spring 2013. The proportion of Americans who say they "don't know" whether or not global warming is happening has dropped 6 points - from 20% to 14% - since spring of 2013.

On other measures, the survey found that public awareness over the past year has remained essentially stable:

About half of Americans (51%) say they are "somewhat" (38%) or "very worried" (15%) about global warming.

Fewer than half of Americans (38%) believe they personally will be harmed a "moderate amount" or a "great deal" by global warming. By contrast, majorities believe that global warming will harm future generations of people (65%) and plant and animal species (65%).

"Our findings show that the public's understanding of global warming's reality, causes, and risks has not improved and has, in at least one important respect, gone in the wrong direction over the past year," said researcher Ed Maibach, PhD, of George Mason University. "Better public communication about global warming is needed now more than ever."

The survey also found that Americans (59%) are "interested" in global warming.

Moreover, about four in 10 say they feel "helpless" (43%), "disgusted" (42%), or "sad" (40%) when thinking about global warming. By contrast, four in ten (42%), say they feel "hopeful" about the subject.

"Global warming stirs a number of emotions among Americans," said lead researcher Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, of Yale University. "But these emotions differ greatly across 'Global Warming's Six Americas'. For example, other than saying they feel 'interested,' the 'Alarmed' are mostly afraid, sad, and angry about global warming, while the 'Dismissive' are mostly disgusted and angry. These different emotional responses are clearly fueling the debate."

These findings come from a nationally representative survey - Climate Change in the American Mind - conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: November 23-December 9, 2013. Interviews: 830 Adults (18+).
Total average margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The research Energy Foundation, the 11th Hour Project, the Grantham Foundation, and the V.K. Rasmussen Foundation funded the research.

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