Spin for a stadium. A new feasibility study says the Convention Center needs expanding. This may be true, but the timing is disingenuous. This is really about justifying a new stadium.
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. It decided to say “no” — at least for now — to a plan to replace the longtime home of The Abbey coffee house at the corner of College and Massachusetts avenues with a seven-story building packed with high-dollar condos. No other building along that stretch of Mass. Ave. is taller than three stories.
Wal-Mart protesters. Greenwood residents have mounted a campaign to keep Wal-Mart from building a 212,000-square-foot supercenter in an area already paralyzed by sprawl and inadequate infrastructure. An overflow crowd, or more than 100 people, voiced their displeasure at a recent public meeting and 1,500 have signed a petition against the project.
Indiana’s General Assembly. With Indiana and many of its residents going broke, legislators spent time jockeying for position in the next election instead of working to find solutions. Issues like improving education, creating jobs and dealing with the state’s budget deficit were lost in a haze of controversy over a Republican-proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage. Let’s hope voters don’t forget this.
Park and pay. City-County Council members are considering a plan to raise money to support IndyGo by taxing parking spaces downtown. The extra expense for parkers might even encourage people to try taking the bus.
End of the run. Commuter routes from the Northside to downtown were discontinued this week, ending an underemphasized attempt to get suburbanites to try public transportation.
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