A new mayor in Indianapolis

November 7, 2007
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Now that Greg Ballard has pulled the big upset, how will Indianapolis be different under his administration? Is his election good or bad for business?
  • by the way it looks, enough people have been disappointed with the previoius administration and wanted to atleast give someone else a chance to prove himself. I have been opposed of both democrat and republican nomination, but I feel that we need to make a change in our life to see progress this time.
  • I personally feel Peterson got a bad wrap for things that were out of his control. However, I'm not opposed to giving Ballard a try. Change for the sake of change can sometimes be a good thing.
  • I agree with Tony. Peterson ran into the perfect storm. He got blamed for things beyond his control and the voters needed to blame someone. I know everyone's situations are different but my business has prospered in the last 8 years here in Indianapolis. Things are good. A big part of running a business is managing risk. Ballard is such an unknown quantity at this point that I see businesses pulling back investment, expansion, etc to wait and see what they will be dealing with. Maybe in the end it will be good but it will be a wait and see.
  • Whether he deserved it or not Peterson took the blame for the mess in property taxes, and voters want to send a very strong message to other elected officials that the increases in property taxes are unacceptable. Daniel's proposal now has a much higher chance of success. Clearly, pushing the same tax burden to other revenue sources will not do anything beyond changing the winners and losers. The message to Ballard is establish priorities, cut waste, get the most value for the tax dollars spent. Now the interesting times have come!
  • I am very cautiously optimistic he’ll do a decent if not good job…

    First of all, he seems like a VERY moderate conservative. If you really think about it he really hasn’t expressed any terribly conservative views. It could easily have been some neo-con man or some backwards something instead of him… That would’ve REALLY sucked!

    Secondly, he is a businessman & worked at a business college. Which is refreshing. Ballard also seems like he could be somewhat easily influenced for better or for worse.

    Overall, i’m pretty apathetic towards this. As much as i would have liked to have seen Bart serve his 3rd term’s a charm it still wasn’t realistic. I firmly belived that Peterson was getting pretty stale in there. Which was not good.

    So here’s a cheers to being carefully optimistic. Sound good?
  • Well we obviously know his view on Mass transit which Indy desperatly needs.
    Ballard-Hoosiers love their cars. 0_o
  • I think we've now seen the ultimate result of it's all about me citizens blaming Peterson for tax increases, crime and for spending money on the unfunded pensions for police and fire. Peterson has taken the high road and publicly made hard choices to face problems that were the result of many previous administrations. Now, we're going to see the same-old-thing; political leaders that stay in office by saying they'll cut taxes and keep all the services. I guess Ballard has 4 years; hope he will start his first month by honestly facing the fact that Indy can't function unless taxes pay the bills. And if we don't have a responsible city government, we won't be attracting jobs to the city that are needed... connect the dots.

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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...