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Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut dies at 84

Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut dies at 84

William H. Hudnut III, the former Indianapolis mayor credited with revitalizing the city's downtown after years of decline, died early Sunday, according to a family spokesman. He was 84.

Hudnut, the city's longest serving mayor, died in hospice care in Maryland following a lengthy illness, said former aide and family spokesman Dave Arland.

When Hudnut was first elected mayor in 1975, Indianapolis was a rust belt city that had been hollowed out by white suburban flight and the decline of the city's manufacturing base.

Downtown Indianapolis had become so desolate that men armed with shotguns hunted pigeons on Sundays among empty buildings and a trash-strewn canal. Author...