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When Christopher first moved to Indy, the city had only two miles of bike lanes striped along 52nd Street. And almost every time he was out riding, someone yelled at him to get on the sidewalks or…other more colorful phrases. Now, Indy has more than 100 miles of bike lanes, the Cultural Trail connects downtown with every major greenway in the city, and people of all types—from hardened bike commuters to families with children in tow—are riding in the city.
If this week’s April showers didn't tip you off, spring has finally arrived. And with spring comes yardwork season. And with yardwork season comes mulch. Piles and piles of mulch. For the past few years, we’ve worked with GreenCycle to make their name synonymous to those piles of mulch being spread around central Indiana.
We aren’t entirely sure where this week went. Like everyone in Indy, we were tossed headfirst into the RFRA whirlwind that threatened to devastate the good reputation of Indiana and our beloved capital city. But we found ourselves in good company, working alongside a coalition of talented, impassioned businesses and organizations to show our country who Indy really is—a city of gracious, kind, and welcoming people.
For those of you who haven't heard, Creative Mornings---a free, monthly breakfast lecture focused on bringing creative people together---has come to Indy.
I recently heard someone describe Twitter as the modern-day equivalent of the office water cooler: it's where people go to share news, ideas, frustrations and to just take a break. And what better way to take a break and get inspired than in the company of some of Indy's most creative minds?
Less than one week left in 2014, and that means our annual round up of your favorite Pivot blogs. We know you've been on pins-and-needles for this most ultimate of year end Top 10 lists. But first off, we want to say thank you all again for another amazing year here at Pivot.
It’s no secret that advertising often gets a bad rap. Granted, Mad Men has added a touch of glamour to the industry more recently, but I’m not sure advertising will ever fully shake off the Bill Hicks rants and the ire of anti-Consumerists. More idealistic artists, writers, and musicians especially love to take shots at advertising. And believe me, I know. I was one.
For the past few months, I've been following @leeclowsbeard, a particularly poignant Twitter account that claims to be crumbs of wisdom caught in the beard of advertising giant Lee Clow. The account is, in fact, not Lee Clow. Nor is it his beard. It is the brainchild of Jason Fox, the executive creative director of Webster in Omaha. And when Jason connected with me on LinkedIn last month, I decided to con him into taking part in an interview.
It was 2004. I was the quintessential “Damn the Man” kind of college kid who played guitar in a punk band and spent his weekends getting run off parking lots by cops, skateboard in hand, laughing at the sky. So you can only imagine the thrill and excitement I felt when I first discovered Banksy, late to the game and not through his street art.
Hotel Tango is not a hotel. Nor is it just a whiskey. Hotel Tango is the brainchild of Travis Barnes, a former Recon Marine with three combat tours under his belt. Upon arriving home, Travis, his wife, and a group of friends decided to launch Indiana’s first and only veteran-owned artisanal distillery.