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James Briggs


Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by James:

Pete Buttigieg is an elitist. He should embrace it.

The more former Mayor Pete Buttigieg tries to prove that he is not an elitist, the more obvious it is to everyone that he is. Just embrace it. → Read More

Briggs: Why Circle Centre mall is doing better than you think

It's mall-closing season again, but Simon Property Group keeps finding ways to fill the spaces. → Read More

Briggs: Vop Osili is positioning himself to be Indianapolis' next mayor

If all goes well for him the next four years, Osili will be in position to make history as Indianapolis’ first black mayor, James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Officials refuse to reveal Indianapolis' HQ2 bid. We deserve to know what's in it.

The argument for keeping Indianapolis' HQ2 bid secret is absurd and offensive. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis can't outrage its way out of violent crime

The president of Indianapolis' police union wants table pounding. But that won't stop murders, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: RIP BlueIndy, a great concept that was too clunky to work in Indianapolis

BlueIndy's failure is a setback for everyone who cares about having a city where mobility is not synonymous with car ownership. → Read More

Briggs: Indy Eleven's stadium proposal is one of 2019's weirdest stories

MLS is getting too expensive for regular rich people. → Read More

Briggs: Library books have never been easier to borrow. Publishers hate that.

Publishers say e-book lending from public libraries is devaluing books, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Celadon’s failure breaks the promise founder Steve Russell made to his drivers

Celadon co-founder Steve Russell promised drivers they'd be taken care of. Now, the company has collapsed. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis council pay raises are selfish ⁠— and good

This is a rare instance in which the self-interest of politicians happens to align with good public policy, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Coal is dying in Indiana no matter who you vote for in 2020

Walmart employs 13 times more people in Indiana than the entire coal mining industry, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: We must all examine our role in Amazon warehouse death

Amazon’s relentless pursuit of same-day and one-day delivery is pushing the company’s workers to the brink of pain, injury and, occasionally, death. → Read More

Briggs: The GM stamping plant fight is making losers of everyone

The battle threatens to embarrass the city and Ambrose for years unless both sides can find a face-saving way out of this. → Read More

Briggs: At Red for Ed, Indiana's teachers march for more than pay raises

If lawmakers don't act, they should expect to see teachers again soon. → Read More

Briggs: Why the Indianapolis council might finally raise its own pay

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett might be more OK with council pay raises than his language suggests. → Read More

Briggs: The Red Line can't keep its promises, but it will be fine

IndyGo shouldn't have promised that a Red Line bus would arrive every 10 minutes, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Judge suspensions in White Castle fight signal Curtis Hill won't lose his job

If actions leading to gunfire in Downtown Indianapolis don't lead to d → Read More

Briggs: Democrats took over Indianapolis. Now, they have to lead.

The passion that propelled Democrats' big victory does not necessarily translate well to mundane city government, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis Republicans just got bludgeoned into irrelevance

Republicans have a bleak short-term outlook with no promise of a better future in Indianapolis. → Read More

Briggs: Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is boring, but he won because he's doing a good job

Mayor Joe Hogsett has made Indianapolis better. Jim Merritt's campaign fell flat, metro columnist James Briggs writes. → Read More