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One Year of Being Car Free in Indianapolis

On December 30, 2009, I put together my first blog post on the trials and tribulations of being car free in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city known for its auto-orientation (need I say more than the Indy 500?) and poor transit service. At the time, I was not sure if I would last in this Midwest-as-Midwest-can-get city without auto wheels supporting my mobility, but I nonetheless vowed to periodically write about my experiences walking around town and riding IndyGo until I caved in.  And after my bike was stolen the very first day I gave up driving, I was sure I would cave quickly.  But one year later,...
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ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns

ACS: Parking, FSSA & Concerns
NUVO’s Austin Considine* wrote an interesting article regarding the Mayor’s pick for the proposed parking system – Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS).  In addition to concerns related to ACS’s ties to Republican leadership in the state and a few privacy blunders, one sticky past project of ACS is causing concern among critics. Given the long-term nature of this contract, it’s a good time to consider the Mayor’s choice with care and seriousness. Remember when the Indiana government contracted with IBM and ACS to privatize aspects of the Family and Social Services...
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Does the Indianapolis Convention Center Renovation represent a failure of design?

Does the Indianapolis Convention Center Renovation represent a failure of design?
This past Sunday, my wife and I had the last minute pleasure of attending the first pre-season Colts game. It was a hot August Indianapolis weekend. We witnessed a great performance by the first team, and then a mediocre performance by the Colts “B” team. When we decided to make our way out of Lucas Oil Stadium,  we left by way of the north gate which lies on South Street and gives you a grand view of downtown Indianapolis’ skyline. If we back up for a second and take a look at what is going on in this area of downtown, we should go back a few years when planners decided to build a...
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In Praise of Property Taxes

In Praise of Property Taxes
It is a popular pastime here in Indiana to complain about property taxes and their effects on the local economy. In the minds of many citizens, these taxes are levied on property owners and appropriated for wasteful pet projects and high administrative costs.  But that’s just flat-out wrong, as property taxes provide citizens with the most important public services in the US. Well, I can’t tell you what the right tax rate should be nor can I tell you how the money should be spent, but I can tell you that property taxes should remain an option for cities to raise funds. Politicians, civil...
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IHPC Hearing Results – August 4th

Apologies for the slight delay in getting these results to you. Nothing terribly surprising happened in the voting. The most controversial case — construction of a gas station on the NW corner of 10th and DMLK Jr. — was continued (again) to next month. Address: 1826 N. Alabama Street Historic District: Herron-Morton Place Case: Demolish historic accessory structure, construct a 3-car garage. Staff Recommendation: Approval of Certificate of Authorization Commission Ruling: Approved with Stipulations MAP STAFF REPORT _________________________________________ Address: 5505 E. Washington...
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