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Indianapolis, IN

Gen Con means big money for Indy

Adding my thanks to those already given, for all of you visiting our fair city! I keep meaning to get downtown for GenCon but haven't managed it yet. Maybe next year! I was a gamer, back in the day... (Won't say how long ago that was!)  (Aug 25, 2008 | post #31)

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College presidents seek debate on lower drinking age; cri...

Fascinating link. Thanks for posting it!  (Aug 20, 2008 | post #122)

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College presidents seek debate on lower drinking age; cri...

Absolutely. Adult is adult. We should pick an age and apply it across the board. Vote, enlist, drink, drive with an unrestricted license, sign legally binding contracts, etc.  (Aug 18, 2008 | post #35)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

I just received the latest IndyGo newsletter with ridership numbers. Overall, ridership was up 20.7% from July '07 to July '08. This year, through July '08, IndyGo has had 5.4 million rider trips. Sure, adding buses and routes would be the logical FIRST step. But at the rate population is increasing in the doughnut counties (especially to the northeast) and with gas prices continuing to be high and air quality continuing to be a concern, a rail system would be the best longterm solution. Sorry you felt the need to get abusive, Danny boy, when I refuted your claim that "they can't even get people to ride the buses." Not a great way to win people to your side of the argument. As jussawondar pointed out, rail is a bargain compared to widening (or even upgrading) highways.  (Aug 15, 2008 | post #215)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Haven't you read the reports on ridership on the Fishers and Carmel express buses? They're having to turn riders away! The ridership is definitely there.  (Aug 14, 2008 | post #211)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Are you sure? I know it will pump millions and millions of dollars into the Colts' pockets. Tangible benefits for the average taxpayer seem much more nebulous. I've yet to see anything that has convinced me that TAXPAYERS will see a net gain as a result of the new stadium. Light rail, on the other hand, has been demonstrated to attract businesses (jobs!) to a city and to increase property values near the stations along the lines. Those are tangible benefits.  (Aug 13, 2008 | post #197)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Exactly! Infrastructure is exactly what our taxes SHOULD be paying for. And that stadium doesn't really qualify--not that anyone asked our opinions before signing the contracts, of course. Better public transportation would benefit FAR more of Indiana's and Indy's taxpayers than that stadium ever will.  (Aug 12, 2008 | post #193)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Hey, if you can afford $8 a gallon, more power to you. Most people can't and would welcome a chance to hop on a train for under $5 if gas gets that expensive. And it well may, since China and India aren't going to be reducing their consumption anytime soon. (Or even the rate of increase in their consumption.) Plus, if we wait until gas is $8/gallon to start building a rail system, that system will cost a WHOLE lot more than it would now. That's why I keep saying, the sooner the better.  (Aug 7, 2008 | post #188)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Sorry, but I've seen several people propose something similar who were dead serious. Certainly, we've seen regular rants about how people should live where they work and work where they live, which ignores the fact that people change jobs, that spouses may have jobs in different areas, etc. and that deciding to move closer to a job is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.  (Aug 5, 2008 | post #179)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

And then what? Go out into the suburbs and force people back into the city? I'm sure they'll be eager to put their houses on the market in the current housing climate and uproot their kids from their schools just because there's less crime downtown.  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #176)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Um, no. This is true for plug-in all-electric cars, but not the gas/electric hybrids like the Prius. The battery is charged by braking action as the car is driven. Once the batteries are in place, they don't have to be externally charged. They recharge during driving until they're replaced after ten years or so.  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #175)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Actually, studies show that mass transit in a city (or country) does reduce the obesity rate. Example: http://calorielab. com/news/2008/02/0 8/decrease-your-ma ss-by-taking-mass- transit/ Quote: "researchers found that every 30 minutes spent daily sitting in a car equals a 3 percent increase in one¬ís chance of obesity, while every kilometer walked equates to a 4.8 percent decrease."  (Jul 29, 2008 | post #126)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Over the past couple of years, there have been several articles about Indianapolis' deteriorating air quality. Two or three years ago, we narrowly escaped having mandatory emission control standards imposed (like California has). It has definitely been an issue. Then there's the obesity/health issue, of course. Indiana is one of the fattest states. And areas with good mass transit generally have healthier populations, since mass transit translates to more walking and less driving. There are all kinds of ways mass transit would benefit Indiana.  (Jul 28, 2008 | post #123)

Indianapolis, IN

Study: IPS grad rate just 19 percent for black men

According to the Indianapolis Star, the graduation rate for white males was also 19%. In other words, race made no difference whatsoever in IPS graduation rates for men. Bit of a misleading headline, I'd say. Still a disgrace, of course!  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #5)

Indianapolis, IN

Mass transit options discussed Monday night in Fishers

Thanks for that link, IWVFO! I spent a good while exploring their website and reading the latest newsletter. I was disappointed to see how small a role Indiana is currently playing (basically, none at all). Indiana could certainly benefit from high speed rail, and not just from Chicago to Louisville and Cincinnati via Indy. Ft Wayne and Evansville would benefit enormously, I imagine, especially now that the brief-lived revival of air hops to those cities is ending. And I'm betting high speed rail to Evansville would be one heck of a lot cheaper than the I-69 extension! (I'm mostly in favor of that extension, BTW, but I'm just saying.)  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #117)

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