Building Downtown

Building Downtown

There are 46 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Building Downtown. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

In 1986, Indianapolis developer Kenneth Puller proposed a grand hotel and apartment complex on the Downtown Canal.

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insidethepark

Duncan, OK

#41 Feb 4, 2008
this topic (and subsequent posts) got to me. so here we go ...
unfortunately, i do not have the statistics of safety at hand, but from personal experience ... 2003 to the present (12 hours a day during the week and 4 - 6 hours a day on the weekend) at all hours of the day/night ... the downtown indy area is safe - especially from some one (and family) that commutes from the greenwwod & center grove area! our family of 2 adults & 2 school age children & pet plans to move downtown in the next heartbeat - after the mrs graduates from grad school (oh yeah, that is downtown too).
as for school choices - of the topic of the indy star article, but to chime in .... we conserve our finances and avoid the suburban materialistic consumption world of our neighbors and spend our discretionary income on private school for the two little ones just north of downtown, and we are $1 million sort of being millionaires, right now that is.
cheers!
insidethepark

Duncan, OK

#42 Feb 4, 2008
off the original intent of the article, but many posts related to the following ... mass transit reared its head in the posts as well. guess what? that will not happen until downtown becomes much more dense or some one dying in the near future donates the cash to do so. also, the current public transit system is not the best in the world, but indygo is by far the cheapest and an effective mode of transportation from the south/east/west/north if you want to avoid the commute and save a little green (both financially & environmentally). in fact, indygo should raise its rates and not consider its pricing at a social entitlement model - sorry off the topic.
cheers!
insidethepark

Duncan, OK

#43 Feb 4, 2008
so, as other positive "progressives" have posted ... there is plenty to do downtown. here are a few options for minimalists out there that may want to experience indy:
* white river state park = victory field baseball w/the indianapolis indians, military park & hundreds of events/festivals/charity runs & walks/free concerts/etc., downtown canal, biking, running, indianapolis zoo, white river gardens, imax 3d theater - the state's largest at 6 stories by 8 stories, new indiana state museum, eiteljorg museum of american indians & western art, ncaa hall of champions museum, historic national road us 40, segway of indiana tours, paddle boats, the lawn @ wrsp summer concert series w/7000 of your closest friends,... the list goes on. also, for those interested in nature, education, and fitness ... a dual destination area w/ a family education & nature trail and world championship cross country course will open in the next year through a partnership with the city/state/non-profit organizations/community business leaders/etc. oh yeah, summer 2008 will see the first annual FREE family arts & music series in WRSP too.
now wait, that is just one location in the city that has multiple offerings for any visitor - from the out of town convention crowd to the downtown habitats to the suburban home-bodies taking time out to discover something amazing new about their community.
oh yeah, what about the irt ... iso ... circle centres' FREE artsgarden productions ... mass ave's unique local merchant shopping opp's, fantastic eateries, and music/adult beverage points of interest ... circle city's soldiers & sailors monument museum ... war memorial museum & plaza ... the "new" public library (price and time contraints, yes, but nearly completed)... fountain square's radio radio & various dining choices ... murat centre ... the indianapolis cultural trail (a project funded and on-track for completion by 2010) linking its' 6 cultural districts ... iupui ... nifs ... madame walker theater & indiana ave ... hiking/biking/walking trails linking the northern monon trail in carmel to the white river trail running through and south of the white river state park ... and the pacers and colts to name a few more activities!
before the negativity, please take time out of your life for a real downtown indy visit ... k-solo or with family and friends. "doing" something is more than talking about it - it is putting passion into the actual activity regardless of the nay-sayer's comments and their sedately softened suburban lifestyles.
cheers!
insidethepark

Duncan, OK

#44 Feb 4, 2008
this topic (and subsequent posts) got to me. so here we go ...
unfortunately, i do not have the statistics of safety at hand, but from personal experience ... 2003 to the present (12 hours a day during the week and 4 - 6 hours a day on the weekend) at all hours of the day/night ... the downtown indy area is safe - especially from some one (and family) that commutes from the greenwwod & center grove area! our family of 2 adults & 2 school age children & pet plans to move downtown in the next heartbeat - after the mrs graduates from grad school (oh yeah, that is downtown too).
as for school choices - of the topic of the indy star article, but to chime in .... we conserve our finances and avoid the suburban materialistic consumption world of our neighbors and spend our discretionary income on private school for the two little ones just north of downtown, and we are $1 million sort of being millionaires, right now that is.
cheers!
insidethepark

Duncan, OK

#45 Feb 4, 2008
a few more thoughts ... sorry.
mass transit reared its head in the posts as well. guess what that will not happen until downtown becomes much more dense or some one dying in the near future donates the cash to do so. also, the current public transit system is not the best in the world, but indygo is by far the cheapest and an effective mode of transportation from the south/east/west/north if you want to avoid the commute and save a little green (both financially & environmentally). in fact, indygo should raise its rates and not consider its pricing at a social entitlement model - sorry off the topic.
cheers!
Greg

AOL

#46 Mar 8, 2008
Someone recently responded to my post and said that Chicago was able to makes things happen better than New York City. Why, then, does New York City currently have close to 600 high rise buildings under construction, compared so Chicago's 261 under construction? As for parking lots being preferable to development in downtown Indy, this is why Indy will always be a dull city with a dull skyline; people here don't like progress and prefer that status quo.

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