Congrats to IBJ for publishing the article, “Indianapolis must reinvent itself—again” by Aaron Renn [in the Jan. 10 Forefront].
Renn is one of the foremost urbanologists in America and he has a knowledge and love of Indianapolis.
Mayor [Greg] Ballard could do worse than to bring Renn in and pick his brain to drill down to the core problems that Marion County faces and to find solutions. Renn mentions the “old suburb” problems of poor schools, crime and higher taxes. We located in Lawrence Township for the schools. In 1996 we moved to Hamilton County for the same reason.
The problems are real, but they can be solved. Local government can and must solve these problems. Improved infrastructure, while essential, is not sufficient. Crime and taxes can and must be controlled.
Lastly, Indianapolis is a region, not just a city or county. The problems of one part will spill over to the rest if not solved.
John L. Sorg