Gary, Indiana may be best known to the world as the hometown of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, but to the locals, Gary is known for many other things, as well. Northwest Indiana knows Gary as being a mere 25 miles from the downtown center of Chicago, Illinois, and an Indiana town that provides a base for one of the country’s most important steel mills as well as being a substantial city in its own right, with close to 80,000 people calling Gary, Indiana, home. Gary, Indiana, has been the home for U.S. Steel for many years and the relationship between the city and the steel mill served both well in years past. However, as USS declined, so did the city of Gary, and it’s estimated by the Gary Department of Redevelopment that in 2013, 33% of all Gary homes were either vacant or abandoned. It’s a sad situation that is being faced by many towns and cities in the “rust belt.”
Gary Moves into a Better Future
U.S. Steel is still a major employer in Gary; however, things are not what they once were and there have been ongoing efforts to expand Gary’s economic base into new and diverse areas to boost the city and build a solid, successful future. For instance, Gary is now home to the Majestic Star Casino and Hotel. The Majestic Casino offers a live poker room for poker enthusiasts at all skill levels as well as all kinds of gaming table options and over 1,600 slots.
Gary Jet Center
Over the past few years, Gary has become known as the darling of the private jet set. Seeking to avoid the hassles of Chicago’s O’Hare and the bottlenecks at Midway, private jets have found Gary’s airport to be an expedient alternative to the bigger and more congested airports in the area. Accordingly, Gary benefits from all this private jet and corporate jet interest. In fact, Boeing named the Gary Jet Center as its 2013 “Supplier of the Year” which placed the Gary airport as one of one 16 Boeing suppliers from all over the globe to merit this distinction. Some may not realize that Boeing keeps its corporate jets at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. It’s here that the Gary Jet Center provides both ground maintenance to these corporate jets as well as onsite ground handling not only to Boeing’s fleet but to other jets and aircraft.
Gary South Shore Railcats
The Gary SouthShore Railcats won the 2013 American Association Baseball Championship, and Gary is understandably very proud of its Railcats baseball team. Today, the Railcats play in the U.S. Steel Yard, which is an award-winning minor league ballpark – one of the top ballparks in the United States. Located near the Skyway, the popular 6000-seat stadium offers all kinds of family fun, including a picnic area along with concession stands and the usual baseball traditions that only a minor league experience can provide.
Innovative Tactics to Deal With Gary’s Troubled Economic Past
Gary has also made national news with its lottery as an innovative way to fight back against its lost population and vacant homes. As reported by the New York Times in August 2013, city officials offered Gary residents the opportunity to buy abandoned homes within the Gary city limits for a mere dollar. Conditions were that they must prove a minimum gross income of $35,250 (for an individual buyer) and that they would not only be able to fix the place up, but would commit to residing in the home for five years. At the end of five years, if they met these conditions, then they get the keys to the homes and full ownership of the dwelling. Gary isn’t the bustling, busy city that some of us remember in years past. Gary isn’t the place that it was when the Jackson Five were getting their first gigs in their hometown. However, Gary cannot be counted out — it is filled with people who love and appreciate their city and are finding creative and caring ways, like the 2013 Home Lottery, to rebuild and remake Gary into a new, diverse, prosperous community. Kenneth Allen, one of the most experienced Gary injury attorneys Allen donated $50,000 to the construction of the John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club in the former Tolleston School is Gary. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.