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April 2013

Vol. 36 // Issue 9

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Editor’s Note

See Amanda Heckert‘s thoughts here on this issue, and on departures, specifically that of longtime Emmis editorial director and IM columnist Deborah Paul, who retires this month.


COVER STORY: Booming Burbs

Get outta here—to the many fine communities just outside the city limits, including Greenwood, Carmel, Zionsville, Noblesville, Westfield, and Fishers.

ESSAY: Brave New Burbs

Scoundrels and Scandals: These are the shocking, headline-grabbing crimes from the 10 most notable killers, kidnappers, and thieves ever to prowl the underbelly of Indianapolis. – See more at:

To protect their futures, Indy’s outlying areas are redefining themselves, one walkable block at a time.
By Nancy Comiskey

EXCERPT: The Spark

Nature made him a genius. His mother brought out his humanity. Fourteen-year-old Jacob Burnett is one in a million.

PHOTOS: Meet the Flockers

We pecked around and dug up some of the city’s colorful folks raising not hell but hens. (Full articles will appear online on April 30)

Photo Essay: What’s Left of Richmond Hill

Last fall’s gas explosion not only devastated lives and homes, but pasts. Today, the items salvaged by these southside neighbors mean more to them than ever.

Circle City

PHOTO EXTRA: David Boudia Makes Waves

Here, outtakes from our shoot with the Olympian, a 2012 gold medalist in London, as he gets his feet wet on ABC’s new reality show Splash, where he appears as a judge in a (wait for it) celebrity diving competition.

» BONUS VIDEO: At our photo shoot, Boudia dives into the pool in a shirt and tie—a first, he says.


A revolutionary Chinese artist breaks into the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

WHAT I KNOW: Frank Vogel

The Pacers’ head coach has his team playoff-ready for the third straight time. He says the best is yet to come.


The landmark glass factory turns 125 this year—and its history is written on the walls. Plus, all of our Street Savvy stories to date—from Fishers to Fountain Square, Kokomo to SoBro. We’ve got the goods on what’s new and fun in the city’s ‘hoods, suburbs, and beyond.

SHOPTALK: My Look, Gingham Dress

Indy’s fashion-truck pioneer, Lesley Jean Saligoe, dresses the part when she hits the road with Yessiree Petunia Vintage, her mobile boutique.

Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Plat 99

Checking in at The Alexander’s swanky cocktail lounge, where craft cocktails and artisanal bar snacks get a room.

SECOND STORY: Plum’s Upper Room

An ambitious young chef infuses new life into that historic Main Street loft.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Good Morels—with a Recipe

Greg Hardesty of Recess and Room Four shares a simple at-home recipe using prized Indiana mushrooms. Plus: where to get them.

TASTE TEST: Breaking with Tradition

Complicated even in its simplest stage, eggs Benedict goes way off script in four luscious adaptations.

Fresh Baked: Shapiro’s Bakery

The next time you drop in at this landmark centenarian deli, you might want to save room for dessert.

Because food and drink news is a dish best served bold.
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BACK HOME AGAIN: State of Disrepair

I’ll tell you what’s broken about this country: No one knows how to fix things.
by Philip Gulley


Historic hassles, interstate terror, and Long’s other doughnuts. – See more at:

Scarce taxicabs, twins, and pennies for a poet. Ask The Hoosierist.
by Sam Stall


After 32 years of commutes and adjustable desk chairs, I shall officially retire this month

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