... are the citizens of Indianapolis going to allow themselves to be victimized? Couldn’t we save a lot of money, and possibly rid ourselves of the municipal inferiority complex, by just putting on Georgia Street a huge, gold "take-off" on the famous "Love" sculpture - a sculpture of two words instead of one.
For those citizens who need such reassurance, we could set up a deal whereby Indianapolis Downtown Inc (IDI) would take pictures of folks standing by the display. At a reasonable cost, the citizens could order the pictures in bulk and send them far and wide, thereby notifying all their friends and acquaintances of our tremendous municipal significance.
The latest proposed boondoggle which will at last - Surprise! Surprise! - give us "world class" is a new soccer stadium.
A few days ago the morning paper gave us the good news. A local man has bought a soccer franchise and all he needs now is a stadium. We’re told he has scoured the nation and has found the kind of structure which would fill the bill for him. And it would only cost $200 million.
This morning’s IBJ expands on the idea in a story suggesting that the old Market Square Arena site might be a good place for the next new sports palace. It has to be downtown, of course. And, again of course, it will attract residential and commercial development like crazy.
The head of a local investment firm is quoted in the IBJ as saying, "...the developer ‘better have deep pockets.’" We can’t imagine why he would say that.
As usual, the head cheer leaders are those folks who are so terribly generous with money not their own. Deputy Mayor Kintner may at any minute take up a position on Monument Circle - with a bull horn - verifying that this indeed is what we need for "world class."
It has not yet been decided, at least for public consumption, to whom Mayor Ballard - through a TIF district? - will start shoveling the millions of tax dollars. But surely the past fiscal policy of this city indicates that the taxpayer will eventually wind up with the bill.
A possibility might be that the stadium be built to add to the CIB’s stable of operations, using the Market Square site. This would guarantee that the user of another extremely valuable block of real estate is never again subject to the horrors of property taxation.
We wouldn’t want that news to slip out. Someone might start thinking of the city in terms of world class corruption.