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Circle City

Curb Appeal, Indianapolis Monthly, November 2011
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Curb Appeal

A: There are downtown city streets with free parking? If that’s what you’re implying, then The Hoosierist begs you to enlighten him. According to Marc Lotter, communications director for Mayor Greg Ballard, pretty much every bit of curbside asphalt in the Mile Square requires coinage for parking. And it’s not just to wring every last cent of revenue from motorists. Well, it’s not all about that. It’s also to keep commuters from monopolizing spaces from dawn to dusk, to the detriment of nearby businesses needing easy access for customers. “It encourages turnover and discourages long-term parking during the business day,” Lotter says.

LGBT politics
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Out on the Trail: Zach Adamson's Rise in Indy Politics

“Zach is the model of a modern LGBT candidate,” says one political observer. “He has done it all on his own. He didn’t wait for the party boss to tell him it was okay.”

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Electric Cars Make Their Debut on the Circle

If you’ve recently spotted a few tiny green cars zipping around the Circle, then you’ve noticed IPL’s latest effort to promote the electric automobile. Earlier this year, IPL purchased three Think cars (manufactured in northern Indiana) and started parking them outside its headquarters in order to publicize IPL’s Time of Use program, which allows participants to charge electric cars at night for discounted rates. The company even takes people for rides on occasion.

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Monument Circle Makes National Top 10 List

The American Planning Association has confirmed something that we at IM have known for years—nearly 35 years, in fact.

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BRICK OF THE MONTH: Malott Nyhart

Walking around the Circle, you may have noticed the faint etchings of names in the bricks. In the late 1970’s, Commission for Downtown began a revitalization project that included re-bricking Monument Circle and allowed citizens to have their names engraved there in return for a small donation. These are the stories of the individuals, families, and companies whose names can be found engraved along the most famous streets in the city.

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The Hoosierist: Initial Finding

A: Return with us now to that bygone year of 1950, when Harry Truman was president, a loaf of bread cost a nickel (or whatever), and every member of the male gender sported a Johnny Unitas–style crewcut. It was then that soon-to-be cafeteria magnates Charles O. McGaughey and George Laughner (of the famous Laughner clan that ran the late, great Laughner’s Cafeteria chain) got together to found the very first MCL. The Hoosierist supposes you can figure out the rest.

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Flashback

Then: Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, 1995

Philly native Michael Tollin brought his first documentary to Heartland, where it won a Crystal Heart Award and became a calling card for the fledgling Tollin/Robbins Productions.

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R.E.M.'s music video shot in Indiana

Frontman Michael Stipe filmed this 1987 video himself with no edits at an Indiana rock quarry. Rolling Stone readers ranked the tune No. 6 among all R.E.M. songs.

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Hug It Out

Life imitates art today on the Circle, where around 280 black-clad student-stylists from the south side’s Paul Mitchell school are embracing anyone within arm’s length. Even those with split ends. The mass squeezing is a national Paul Mitchell campaign in its third year, and a late shift will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Air kisses optional.

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Caption This: Kerry Collins Edition

And another message, for the Colts defense: Mind the gap.   Your turn! Caption the photo in the Comments field.   (Poster by Art Press, a local screenprinter, spotted in the window of the WIBC studio on the Circle. Art Press donated a limited number of posters to People for Urban Progress, and we hear that the nonprofit organization will make them avai

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BRICK OF THE MONTH: Melvin Simon & Associates

Walking around the Circle, you may have noticed the faint etchings of names in the bricks. In the late 1970’s, Commission for Downtown began a revitalization project that included re-bricking Monument Circle and allowed citizens to have their names engraved there in return for a small donation. These are the stories of the individuals, families, and companies whose names can be found engraved along the most famous streets in the city.

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Horse Play

Barry R., Noblesville

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Tony Bennett Has All the Answers

Editor’s Note, Nov. 7, 2012: Despite outspending his opponent, Glenda Ritz, by a 10-to-1 margin, Tony Bennett was unseated as Indiana’s schools czar on Nov. 6. Here, our September 2011 feature profile on the man who catalyzed a lot of visceral responses—both for and against him

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What I Know: Greg Hess

“This is not just for firefighters,” Hess says of downtown Indy’s 9/11 memorial. “We do need to remember the people who ran into those buildings. But nearly 2,700 other people died that day.”

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Cathedral Choirs Hold Auditions for Kids

Founded in 1837, Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle may be the oldest religious building still in use in Indianapolis, but it’s getting younger.

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