INDIANAPOLIS — Now retired, Michigan fans Glenn and Elizabeth Pluhar have time on their hands. Time to follow the Wolverines to their third-straight Big Ten championship.
“We’ll always try to make it here when Michigan is here,” Elizabeth Pluhar said.
The Pluhars live a couple hours north of Ann Arbor, which is a four-hour drive to Indianapolis. They haven’t had a chance to come he for the championship game before this year, but so far, Indianapolis has exceeded expectations.
“I’m amazed at how clean the city is,” Glenn Pluhar said. “It looks like there’s a lot to do, although we didn’t have the luxury of spending a lot of time here because we drove in.”
Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium since its inception in 2011. With Washington, Oregon, UCLA, and USC joining the conference next year, though, the Big Ten said it will consider bids from a variety of cities — including on the West Coast.
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Ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game between Michigan and Iowa on Saturday, IndyStar talked to Michigan and Iowa fans outside the stadium
The two fanbases agreed on one thing: They don’t want the Big Ten Championship Game to move to the West Coast, whether that be Las Vegas, Southern California, or anywhere else.
“Indy has a good reputation of putting on a good show for events,” Michigan fan Jake Castle said. “It’s also a good neutral site.”
Proximity was one of the main factors Castle likes about Indianapolis as a host — no matter what current Big Ten team makes the championship, he said, it’s within the same part of the country.
Dave Rozendaal, an Iowa fan who now lives in Missouri, also likes the proximity. Iowa City is about five and a half hours from Indianapolis; where Rozendaal lives is about seven hours.
“It’s an easy, easy drive to get here,” Rozendaal said. “There’s lots of room to spread out, and it’s a wonderful venue.”
When it comes to the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan fan Joe Feliz doesn’t think there is any competitive advantage with the West Coast teams potentially coming to the Eastern side of the country.
“I think it’s pretty even for them to get into the Big Ten championship game,” Feliz said. “They would have already had to beat teams on the east coast, and I don’t think having it here would be a big enough advantage for one of the original Big Ten teams.”
And before the game can come to the West Coast, Rozendaal thinks those teams need to prove themselves.
“I know that they’re bringing in those schools from the West Coast, so I’m sure that’s what’s helping make that decision,” Rozendaal said. “I think, still, if they’re going to come to the Big Ten, they need to come to the Midwest.
“Let’s let them develop and get into the conference first, and then if they have good years of work here, so be it.”
Court records: Man dropped gun in liquor store parking lot after fatal Indy shooting
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The motive behind a fatal shooting outside a liquor store on the east side of Indianapolis remains unclear, even after police spoke with several witnesses and arrested a man.
Curtis Page Jr., 45, is facing a preliminary charge of murder in connection with the shooting in the 5400 block of East 21st Street around 7 p.m. on Sunday. Officers were first called to the liquor store parking lot on a report of a vehicle crash, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Investigators found a white pickup crashed into a black Nissan Altima. In the front passenger seat of the pickup police found 39-year-old Corey Reed with at least one gunshot wound on the left side of his head. Reed was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Police spoke with the driver of the Nissan and other witnesses.
A man, later identified as Page, climbed across the cab of the truck from the driver’s seat after it crashed into the Nissan. Page then got out of the truck on the passenger side, dropped a gun on the ground and went into the liquor store, witnesses told police in the probable cause affidavit for Page’s arrest.
The manager of the liquor store stated she heard a pop then the vehicle crash outside in the parking lot. As she walked outside to see what was happening, Page walked into the liquor store and dropped two gun magazine clips, the woman said.
“(The liquor store manager) asked Mr. Page where the gun was and Mr. Page responded ‘outside,’” the affidavit reads. “(The liquor store manager) asked Mr. Page what was going on and Mr. Page told her that someone was trying to kill him.”
The woman walked outside and saw Reed was unresponsive inside the pickup. Page was shaking and pacing around the store until officers arrived and took him into custody, according to the affidavit.
Page was transported by police for an interview then requested an attorney before speaking with investigators. An attorney for Page was not yet listed in online court records before publication of this article.
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Indiana’s Urban Surge: Indianapolis Leads State’s Growth Amid Legislative Challenges
Indiana has witnessed a significant demographic shift over the past half-century, with the Indianapolis metro area emerging as a central hub for population and economic growth. This trend, underscored by the 2020 Census, highlights the increasing concentration of people of color in Indianapolis’ south side and underscores the pivotal role of urban areas in the state’s future.
Urban Growth and Its Implications
Since the onset of the Great Recession, more than 103% of Indiana’s population growth has been concentrated in metropolitan areas, with Indianapolis accounting for over 71% of this increase. This urban surge is not limited to population figures alone; since 2000, urban Indiana has captured more than 100% of new job creations, indicating a clear shift towards city-centered economic development. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated this trend, with a significant portion of Hoosier employees adopting remote work, thereby reinforcing the urban-rural divide in terms of growth and prosperity.
Legislative Hurdles Facing Indiana Cities
Despite the evident urban boom, Indiana cities face considerable legislative constraints that limit their growth and development potential. Issues such as restricted fiscal flexibility, stringent property tax caps, and cumbersome annexation rules stifle the ability of cities to expand and innovate. This legislative bottleneck not only hampers urban development but also impacts the state’s overall economic trajectory. The inability of cities to experiment with public policy and infrastructure projects due to legislative limitations is a critical concern that needs addressing for Indiana to fully leverage its urban growth potential.
The Path Forward
The future of Indiana’s economy is intrinsically linked to the success of its cities. To foster an environment conducive to urban growth and development, it is imperative for the state legislature to reconsider its approach towards city governance. Allowing cities greater autonomy to experiment with public policy and infrastructure projects could unlock new avenues for growth and innovation. As Indiana continues to navigate the challenges and opportunities of urbanization, the role of legislative support in facilitating city-led initiatives cannot be overstated. Embracing flexibility and innovation at the city level could very well be the key to unlocking Indiana’s full economic potential.
The ongoing urbanization trend in Indiana, epitomized by the growth of the Indianapolis metro area, presents both challenges and opportunities. Addressing legislative hurdles and embracing city-led innovation will be crucial in ensuring that Indiana’s cities can thrive and contribute to the state’s economic prosperity in the years to come.
Indianapolis considering reducing speed limits in several neighborhoods
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis City County Council is proposing changes that could change some of the city’s neighborhoods.
Numerous members of the Council are proposing placing speed limit reductions on eight Indianapolis subdivisions.
The subdivisions included would be Sagebrook, Chessington Grove, Williston Green, Fox Hill Estates, Sherman Commons, Allison Commons, Allison Heights and Woodland Place.
Williston Green Neighborhood Association president Ross Reller took matters into his own hands in 2023.
“Our neighbors conducted a survey,” explained Reller. “We have a website, and it was the majority of respondents who favored lowering the speed limit from 30 to 20. We did that in the third quarter of 2023.”
Reller shared that while it has slowed down some of the drivers in the neighborhood, others have failed to take notice of the new signs.
“We’re very concerned about the frequency with which our residents are walking and at risk of being mowed down by someone racing through the neighborhood,” shared Reller. “I think there is an increased awareness among our neighbors that we’ve taken this effort. But I’m not really sure that delivery drivers are respectful of posted speed limit signs.”
The proposals are being discussed during Monday’s City County Council meeting.
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