Wednesday, June 16, 2010

$3.5 Million of Our Tax Dollars Down The Drain; Metropolitan Development Commission Approves Plan to Renovate the City Market...Again!


I've reported on this several times. The Indiananpolis Metropolitan Development Commission has approved a $3.5 million plan to renovate the City Market. Of course, millions was spent just a few years ago to renovate the City Market, closing down much of the building for over a year. Preceding that was, you guessed, it another renovation.

This time though the City Market Board has come up with a great plan: Bright colors!!! More lighting!!! Vendors stands!!! Oh, and we'll have a bicycle hub in the east wing including amenities for those of us who like to peddle to work!!! Yes, that will cause the public to suddenly change their mind about shopping for produce and fresh meat at the City Market on their lunch hour. FYI... that was sarcasm.
This may be the biggest white elephant in the city. Instead of some government board deciding what will work at the City Market, why not let the free market play a role in determining what businesses the people will patronize at that location? Now, I know that whole "free market" approach is revolutionary in a city devoted to handing over taxpayer money to businesses, but it's worth being considered.

13 comments:

Melyssa said...

Ok, I have one of those wire baskets with a handle that clips on to my handlebars. I can take it off and go shopping. I've ridden to farmers markets before to go shopping. But you can't shop for a family on a bike. DUH!

Downtown Indy said...

There's no stopping them - not even a $20-30 million revenue shortfall like the one we learned bout this week, due to reduced income tax receipts.

They just keep digging a bigger hole...

Michael said...

If (and it is a big if) Indy ever has an urban transit system (streetcars or rail in particular), then City Market would thrive as a stop/station.

Short of that, it will always struggle.

Same goes for Union Station.

Advance Indiana said...

It's all about that 2012 Super Bowl, Paul. We have to spruce up downtown as much as possible to put on our best face.

Jon said...

Advance Indiana just may be right, it's all about rose colored glasses for 2012 and the Super Bowl. It would be interesting to keep a tally of all the projects and their associated dollars foisted upon us by the NFL and / or the city to prep for 2012. So far a new practice facility (6 million) and some fancy sidewalks (12 million) and then add 3.5million for city Market.

Cato said...

I'll keep saying this: Indy people are not market people. Until Indy people get a lot more urban, slick, savvy, cultured and discriminating, we won't have a functioning market.

I encourage everyone to stop by Findlay Market in Cincinnati, this weekend, to see what a fun and thriving market looks like.

Bring a cooler so you can keep things fresh on the ride home.

Cato said...

AI, Indy is going to be embarrassed during that Super Bowl. Indy people think this place is great, but they lack the travel and experience to know that Indy's downtown is boring, consisting only of a smattering of national corporate restaurants and pickup joints. That experience is found everywhere and done better elsewhere.

The NFL is going to have two cold-weather Super Bowls in close proximity to one another. People are going to love Manhattan, especially when it closely follows Indianapolis.

Bart Lies said...

I wonder how much money went down the drain for the 'improvements' they have made for citizens to access the city's services?

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Indy Student said...

Cato, what we might lack in activities we more than make up for in corporate hand outs.

And Gary may be onto something. Downtown might need to be spruced up, but they have a long way to go.

Indy Student said...

Paul, I heard a group of seniors discussing this issue, among others (including CIB) at the Mcdonald's on Binford Avenue and...73rd, I think.

Anyway, they think it's outrageous that our local government is doing all of this extra spending during these economic times.

Sometimes it's nice to know that our concerns are shared with at least some in the general public, and it isn't just the blogosphere.

Advance Indiana said...

Cato, I guarantee that many of the more well-heeled attendees, won't even stay overnight in town for the Super Bowl. They'll shuttle in and out on their private jets. If they need to stay overnight, they'll head on up to Chicago.

Advance Indiana said...

Ballard flat out lied when he said no taxpayer dollars would be used to put on the Super Bowl. We'll wind up spending at least $25-30 million to put on this event, in addition to the private monies raised. Look at the state of disrepair the improvements made for the PanAm games are in. Natatorium is in disrepair. Track field looks like shit. Tennis center being torn down. PanAm Plaza sold off to a private investor. Simon's headquarters sits on what used to be the park across the street from the Capitol. Union Station closed. How many millions did the City dump on hosting that event?

Paul K. Ogden said...

IS,

The downtown insiders live in a different world. If they didn't, they would know that these constant million dollar renovations where they do the same thing they've always done, are not popular.