Convo center is just the ticket

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Recent news of the city’s feasibility study of a convention center got us excited about all the possibilities for Carmel. For one, we believe the economic impact, while officially undetermined, would be a nice boost for businesses here. Any level of ancillary revenue has never been known to be a bane. Not only would hotels and eateries benefit, but so, too, would many of the specialty shops, one-of-a-kinds, that can’t be found elsewhere. Further, it would give our city yet another chance to show off itself and its numerous amenities.

Midtown, we agree, would be the ideal location for a convention center, given the proximity to City Center, The Center for the Performing Arts, the Monon Trail and the Arts & Design District; it would serve as yet another hub of activity. Mayor Jim Brainard said the idea for such a facility has been around since 1997. Now, with the economy starting to turn for the better, it seems to us an ideal time to examine exactly how to make it happen. Current facilities can’t handle escalating crowds some events would bring. If the investment is fiscally responsible and the return all but guaranteed, it looks as if it would be a winning proposition.

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So, the U.S. Postal Service announces, in a move for fiscal responsibility, its intent to abandon Saturday delivery in August (with the exception of P.O. boxes and package deliveries). It’s a move that should be made in an effort to right the ship. Of course, members on both sides of the aisle in Congress already are putting up potential roadblocks. Those rocket scientists seemingly never can get together on anything. But, then, we should all ask ourselves: What else did we expect from The Hill?


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