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Kody Tinnel

Well-written indeed.

Cathy Dee

January. And February.

Jeff Pruitt

But it's a deal-breaker so the city had no choice...

Zachary Benedict

There is just something eerily hypocritical to me in having a “catalyst project” (promoted for its ability to reintroduce people to our sidewalks) that is hinged on a “need” to put people 20 feet in the air. In many ways, doesn’t that short circuit the whole point of developments such as these?

mike hunsche

With all the money we're throwing around at useless projects like Harrison Square why can't we throw in the money needed to renovate the old Indiana Hotel? Everyone has said it's cost prohibitive to renovate it.. well, we've seen the city attempt to pass a $1B bond/bill/whatever to fix up the schools, and we've all seen what's going on with HS.. why didn't anyone include some funds to fix up the hotel?

C. Edward Eckert

How is it a deal-breaker? The City holds all the cards, and when I say cards I mean money, that these developers want. Is a developer going to let a little crosswalk stand in the way of City development dollars?

I think not.

Mike Michmerhuizen

I kind of like the idea of a walkway from the Lincoln Tower to the courthouse.

Alex Jokay

Considering they've never been able to find a good use for the Indiana Hotel portion of the Embassy building, I don't see what's the problem. They were actually contemplating tearing it down a few years ago until they were told by engineers that it would be structurally impossible.

There was some talk at one time about making it into a Hilton annex, except that the hotel people said the rooms are too small by today's standards and some rooms share bathrooms. Still, I always thought that it might be possible to market it as a "boutique" hotel like they do with the old Bismarck in Chicago, now known as the Hotel Allegro, where people pay top dollar for the tiny, quirky old rooms, which are done up in a most un-hotel-like fartsy décor. Here's where people in Fort Wayne could really use some vision.

As for keeping our out-of-town guests off the street, it's not like the Harrison Square storefronts are going to be occupied beyond the length of the first lease, if they ever have tenants at all.

Andrew Kaduk

I was paying $215 per night to stay in a hotel in Boston with rooms that size. The hotel was equally "historic."

That's the thing about moron consumers: all you have to do is sprinkle words like "rustic" or "historic" in your marketing, and idiots will flock to the place. Heck, look at Shipshewana...that place sucks but people infest the whole area in droves just to stare at the old, obsolete bric-a-brac and the backwards lifestyles of the Amish.

Granted, there would be convention-goers (like I was in Boston) who would get a little bent about the small old rooms, but there would be other people who would show up for that attraction specifically.

Gloria Diaz

Why not just give everyone Segways so they don't have to walk?

If we get rid of historic buildings, we lose a bit of our past. Why not just pave over Gettysburg and put a Walmart and a waterpark in? I don't care very much about military history, but history deserves to be preserved as much as possible.

Let the people walk out in the elements. They complain so much about wasting money, but they don't want to be uncomfortable. They can't have it both ways.

Gloria Diaz

If you can't take two months of cold weather, move your pathetic, whiny butt to a warmer climate. Of course, you'll have to pay $1500 a month for a two-bedroom shack, but at least you'll be warm.

Fort Wayne: Only the strong survive!

Katie Casey

Word to Mr. Swerens and his well-written post.

Down here in Indianapolis they're in the middle of building a major addition to the downtown library. They made the new addition modern-looking, but the old library still has the classic facade.

Put the two styles together, and it kind of looks like a Borg spaceship has landed behind the library and has attached itself, virus-like, to the back of the building. It's truly, mind-numbingly hideous. I'm sure the walkway would clash with the Embassy like polka dots and plaid.

However, Ms. Diaz, I don't think the weather is the issue here. A walkway is a trendy, futuristic thing to do, so--other cities have walkways, we need more walkways. Voila.

But it has a realistic component that might actually be worth considering: it keeps people from getting smacked by cars. Fort Wayne drivers hate pedestrians and bicycle riders...maybe it could help convention-goers be a little bit safer while in an unfamiliar city. This would help most importantly in the winter, when there's slick roads and angry drivers who aren't paying attention.

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