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Old 06-11-2017, 07:34 AM
 
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Thirty years ago, Lighthouse Place Mall changed Michigan City

Although I wish this outlet had more upscale offerings, it is great to see the success that has been made! Locating the outlet in the downtown area instead of the fringes was genius and we see that happening more nowadays as far as outlets being located more in-town (although not necessarily in downtown areas). I do feel that Michigan City still needs to continue to capitalize on this which I see they are doing with revitalization of buildings, making one-way streets into two-way, and the relocation of the police station in order to clear up prime property.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Wow, 30 years already? I feel old
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:29 AM
 
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For the first time ever, I have been looking at Rust Belt properties. I find MC to be quite interesting. Properties taxes in OH are crazy, and Illinois is in bigger trouble. Looks to me it is positioned to be a magnet for businesses from less friendly States. Cheap natural gas makes the Winters look a bit more tolerable. I just want to avoid places that are declared hopeless by their own residents. I have owned five homes in Arizona, and there are many downsides, and it isn't cheap anymore. I have been living in Thailand for four years, and it has been nice, but I do miss college football..a lot, and I think we are at an interesting turning point in what will happen in the Flyover area. I would appreciate any thoughts comments; I don't know much about NWI, but it looks good on paper.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:49 AM
 
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Thirty years ago, Lighthouse Place Mall changed Michigan City

Although I wish this outlet had more upscale offerings, it is great to see the success that has been made! Locating the outlet in the downtown area instead of the fringes was genius and we see that happening more nowadays as far as outlets being located more in-town (although not necessarily in downtown areas). I do feel that Michigan City still needs to continue to capitalize on this which I see they are doing with revitalization of buildings, making one-way streets into two-way, and the relocation of the police station in order to clear up prime property.
Yeah, though I feel like Lighthouse does decently with high(er) end. Banana Republic, Coach, J. Crew, The North Face. It's better than a lot of malls but it could get some even higher end stuff. I do feel as though it's on the up and up which I can't say about a lot of malls.
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Old 06-30-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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For the first time ever, I have been looking at Rust Belt properties. I find MC to be quite interesting. Properties taxes in OH are crazy, and Illinois is in bigger trouble. Looks to me it is positioned to be a magnet for businesses from less friendly States. Cheap natural gas makes the Winters look a bit more tolerable. I just want to avoid places that are declared hopeless by their own residents. I have owned five homes in Arizona, and there are many downsides, and it isn't cheap anymore. I have been living in Thailand for four years, and it has been nice, but I do miss college football..a lot, and I think we are at an interesting turning point in what will happen in the Flyover area. I would appreciate any thoughts comments; I don't know much about NWI, but it looks good on paper.
I've always liked MC. It has rough patches but Washington Park and the beach there is fantastic. And you have rail direct to Chicago. If you are looking at properties I would recommend as close to the beach as possible. Long Beach is a nice neighborhood nearby but it can be pricey.
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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I've always liked MC. It has rough patches but Washington Park and the beach there is fantastic. And you have rail direct to Chicago. If you are looking at properties I would recommend as close to the beach as possible. Long Beach is a nice neighborhood nearby but it can be pricey.
Is there any street you would want to be north of? Or the railroad tracks? Any landmarks that define good areas? Are the Summer weekends crazy with crowds, like the Southern California beaches? Is it too cold for termites? Is there anything else to be leery of in the o!d houses?
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:05 PM
 
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Is there any street you would want to be north of? Or the railroad tracks? Any landmarks that define good areas? Are the Summer weekends crazy with crowds, like the Southern California beaches? Is it too cold for termites? Is there anything else to be leery of in the o!d houses?
I'm not super familiar with the neighborhoods admittedly but if I were looking to buy I would definitely stay east of the outlet mall and north of maybe 11th but it might be totally fine a bit further south, I've not been back in a while. I'd keep west of the casino unless you are right near the shoreline. Maybe Midwest1 can chime in if he is still around, he is more familiar with MC.

South of 20 is totally fine but it's just normal Indiana suburbia. Nothing special.

It does get crowded but it's not quite as crowded as SoCal beaches. In the summer you will have an influx of Chicagoans and people from downstate on the weekends.

http://www.indianaminoritybusinessma...ngton-park.jpg

Not sure about termites, but yes older housing stock will need more maintenance as I'm sure you know.
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Old 06-30-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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I'm not super familiar with the neighborhoods admittedly but if I were looking to buy I would definitely stay east of the outlet mall and north of maybe 11th but it might be totally fine a bit further south, I've not been back in a while. I'd keep west of the casino unless you are right near the shoreline. Maybe Midwest1 can chime in if he is still around, he is more familiar with MC.

South of 20 is totally fine but it's just normal Indiana suburbia. Nothing special.

It does get crowded but it's not quite as crowded as SoCal beaches. In the summer you will have an influx of Chicagoans and people from downstate on the weekends.

http://www.indianaminoritybusinessma...ngton-park.jpg

Not sure about termites, but yes older housing stock will need more maintenance as I'm sure you know.
There can be termites, but they are pretty rare in NW Indiana.
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