|Jeff Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Indianapolis Star|
A few days ago, the Star's editors published an editorial entitled "It's flashy, but it might just work," a piece which discusses the design of the Mass Ave development and concludes, of course, that the City has made another good development decision:
In a city that's long had safe -- or, to be blunt, boring -- architecture, the proposed design of a $43 million development on Mass Ave. is indeed startling.
But in a good way.
Such projects are important for the city's future for multiple reasons, including a stronger tax base, higher-population density in core neighborhoods and a more vibrant urban feel that's attractive to highly sought-after young professionals.
So, yes, the city is taking a small risk with a flashier-than-ordinary design on Mass Ave., and even bigger risks by backing other developments. But playing it safe, with design or development in general, won't move Indy forward.What the Star fails to even mention in its editorial is that the project involves the City simply giving away public property worth millions of dollars. This is a paragraph from a previous Star story, I reported on:
The city is selling the property to developers, officials said, for $5.4 million. Those funds will be placed in escrow, according to a release, and can be accessed by the developer to help fund construction on the siteThat's not a "sale." It's a giveaway of public property worth millions of dollars. Of course though, the Star's editors can never bring themselves to criticize the giveaway of the public's money to private developers. Like the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, the Star's editors offered zero criticism of a giveaway of our tax dollars to a politically connected developer.
Can anyone remember a corporate welfare project that the Star's editors ever opposed? I can't think of one time the Star stood up for the public, i.e. its readers, against the giveaway of our tax dollars.