Friday, October 13, 2006

Gene and Marilyn Glick give $15 million to city!

In order to get the city of Indianapolis over a significant financial hurdle, the Glicks have given the city $15 million to create the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a city pathway that will link downtown “cultural” districts. Anybody have an e-mail address for the Glicks so we can send them thanks?

What a gift!

According to the Indianapolis Star (who also gave $1 million toward the project), the total budget for the project is $50.35 million and will include "public art." Link here.

Weather you like the design or look, it will be something that sets Indianapolis apart, and may even do a little bit to take Indianapolis out of its car dominated culture. Could you imagine people actually walking around downtown? I can't, but I'm hopeful. Apparently, you can ride a bike on the path as well. Has anyone actually tried to ride a bike in Indianapolis? Dangerous, is an understatement.

Let's just hope it doesn't take as long to create as the Maple Road Project, which started over 3 years ago and still has a long way to go. I shouldn't even mention the Public Library Expansion, should I? Well, I think we all know that's not on schedule. Okay, maybe I'm just being pessimistic.

Thanks to the Glicks and all that contributed to the Trail of Culture (TOC)! Hmm… should we work on a nickname for it? Wander Indianapolis Trail (WIT)? I could go on, but will stop.

Here are some more images. There's also a video on the Star's website (see above), that's worth checking out.

2 Responses to “Gene and Marilyn Glick give $15 million to city!”

Anonymous said...
October 13, 2006 at 5:42 PM

Sounds a little expensive to me.
I read the path is to be 7.5 miles long. At a cost of 35 million for the path and the rest for artworks. Approximatly about 5 million per mile? Who is crunching these numbers?
Does not sound correct.

Christopher said...
October 14, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Compare the price of this to the Colts new stadium. When you look at bang per buck, this almost seems like a bargain.

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