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down: Air ball

Yes, we

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.

Thumbs down:

Pretty vacant


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?


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