A Better Downtown Indianapolis Means a Better Indiana

December 2, 2013

Two recent columns from the Indianapolis Star laid out exactly what makes downtown Indianapolis great and why it’s so important to the health of our state as a whole. While no surprise to many–and especially no surprise to us–it’s nice to read just how much good we’re all doing while being a part of the downtown community. It’s a pretty great neighborhood!

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Some excerpted facts:

• Downtown has become an economic engine for the state, with 4 percent of all the jobs in the state and 11 percent of all jobs paying more than $40,000 a year.

• Downtown’s growing importance within the state has much to do with the $9 billion in investments it’s received since 1990, from Lucas Oil Stadium to an expanded convention center and 1,005-room JW Marriott hotel.

• Housing is booming Downtown, with 2,000 new apartments and other rental units added since 2000, bringing its total to 4,738.

• Downtown has become a desired residence for increasing numbers of newcomers from out of state. Almost 40 percent of new Downtown residents moved there from outside Indiana, with more moving from Chicago and Cincinnati than any other cities.

[Source: Indy Star]

And their argument for downtown:

Indiana needs Downtown Indy to continue to thrive. But Indy also needs state leaders to recognize that the policies they set, or don’t set, in the General Assembly could undercut Downtown’s vitality.

[Source: Indy Star]

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MJ is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with 'questions' of "What are you gonna do, teach?" He is determined to not get a job teaching. So far, so good. With music, MJ's traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its 'burbs have the the highest concentration of 'native' songwriting talent anywhere. Eat it, New York. You too, LA. MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He's glad he's out.

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