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Yearly scorecard: 2013



Downtown Fort Wayne: Central city redevelopment flourishes with opening of The Harrison, the Anthony Wayne Building renovation and announcement of the $71 million Ash Brokerage project.

Riverfront prospects: Redevelopment plans move closer to reality with award of Legacy Fund grant of $500,000.

The Courtyard: The long-vacant Duemling Clinic site on Fairfield Avenue soon will be a $5.2 million residential community for young adults who age out of foster care.

Allen County SPCA: Shelter shatters record for adoptions, with more than 1,000 animals placed by Nov. 1. Officials looked to find forever homes for about 1,200 cats and dogs, compared to just more than 800 in 2012.

Tax dispute: An 11-year battle over tax assessments ended with a satisfying agreement for Allen County taxpayers. Glenbrook Square owners had contested $23 million in payments but settled for a refund of $2.4 million.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc.: Merger of city’s Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance streamlines economic development efforts.

VA Medical Center: Under new leadership, East State Street center shows signs of improvement and better service to veterans.


Downtown statues: General Anthony Wayne rides a wave of protest to remain in Freimann Square while the contemporary Helmholtz sculpture nearby is hit by both a car and public opinion.

Hepatitis scare: Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health alerted residents when an employee of a local restaurant contracted hepatitis A, with the department responding quickly and efficiently to treat more than 1,000 with vaccine.

Mitch Daniels: Former gov takes the helm at Purdue with high marks for early efforts. But disclosure of his biting criticism of historian Howard Zinn and a partisan speech to a Minnesota think tank put observers in academia on alert.

TinCaps: Lackluster season (first-round playoff appearance notwithstanding) doesn’t dampen fans’ enthusiasm as record crowds are drawn to Parkview Field.

Charter schools: Three of Fort Wayne’s five schools lose their charters from sponsor Ball State because of poor performance, but all three find new life: two as voucher schools and one with a new sponsor.


IPFW events: Budget cuts trim popular Omnibus Lecture series from six speakers to three, with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, canceling one of those for an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Standardized testing: Computer malfunction by test vendor creates havoc for thousands of Indiana students and educators during spring ISTEP+ testing.

City infrastructure: Collapse of a 24-inch sewer pipe in early June offers more evidence of the extensive and costly list of repairs needed in the city’s aging infrastructure.

BMV: After a class-action suit, state agency admits it routinely overcharged Hoosiers for licenses.

Huntertown: Local leaders continue to snub Fort Wayne City Utilities with efforts to expand water and sewer district and build its own wastewater-treatment plant.


Higher education: Northeast Indiana’s professional degree offerings widen with opening of the region’s first law school at Indiana Tech and approval of a doctor of nursing practice degree at IPFW.

Community leaders: Among the leaders who died in 2013 were Bishop John D’Arcy, retired prelate of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese; Phyllis Pond, a 35-year state legislator; Jack Lehman, former president of Fort Wayne National Bank and a founder of the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation; Dick Freeland, chairman of the board of Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc.; and Charles B. Redd, a city councilman and Urban League leader.