down: Air ball
know that 20 years of Downtown revitalization hinges on Our Indiana Pacers
continuing to play at Conseco Fieldhouse. That the Wholesale District will
implode like a black hole if Our Pacers should leave town. We don't want that
to happen. But can we say here that something's more than a little fishy about
the three-year, $33.5 million deal the CIB has reached with the Simons to keep
Our Pacers here for (kazoo fanfare) three years? First, it's not clear the City
has that kind of money. Second, even if it does, it's not clear The Pacers will
stay. Finally, the cost of keeping the team shines a not very flattering light
on City priorities. So enjoy the Pacers while they're here. The team is Ours
whether We like it or not.
the there was the Harrison Center, before there was the Murphy Building, the
Faris Building on south Meridian was the city's coolest arts destination, the
scene of many a rambunctious studio open house. Then Lilly bought the building
and turned it into office space. Now comes word that Lilly is vacating the
Faris and, in the process, leaving about 350,000 square feet of empty office
space. According to realtor CB Richard Ellis, this pushes Downtown's office
vacancy rate above 20 percent. No wonder the CIB was so eager to cut a deal
with Our Pacers!
down: Community conundrum
to an article in the Indianapolis Star, too many students are finding that
courses they take through Ivy Tech, the state's officially designated community
college system, fail to transfer to four-year institutions. Students often have
to retake courses and spend more money than they planned for. The Star reports
that the state has no uniform standards for courses or a course numbering
system, meaning that universities are free to accept or reject credits
depending on whether they feel like it or not. Clearly, if Ivy Tech is going to
work as a community college system, the state's four-year institutions and the
Ivy Tech system need to be on the same team. And this needs to happen now.
up: First they eliminated neighborhood schools, which made riding a bus almost
mandatory for most Indiana school kids. It was bad enough that this all but
wrecked the public school system. But recent attempts by school districts to
charge kids a fee for riding the bus to school would add insult to injury.
Fortunately, Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he thinks imposing fees on
school bus riders is unconstitutional. Zoeller says he thinks these fees would
violate a student's right under the law to a free public education. Now: we
wonder what Zoeller thinks of textbook rental fees?