ARTICLES

WEIGAND: Reinvesting in neighborhoods is essential

Our city is about to engage in a high-stakes gamble to avert a death spiral—or accelerate it and make it much more of a certainty.
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WEIGAND: Let's rethink fixes for urban poverty

The message to neighborhoods couldn’t be clearer: It’s absolutely essential to attract and retain middle-class homeowners with the resources to invest in—and maintain—their own homes, as well as support surrounding businesses.
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WIEGAND: Who's monitoring home construction?

About 18 months ago, I watched as the entire exterior of an expensive condo on the Central Canal—originally built in 1996—was rebuilt. Among the issues: There was no building paper (Tyvek) under the siding, treated lumber wasn’t used on the exposed porches, and neither was there any drainage.
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WIEGAND: School competition good for community

It’s vitally important to have innovative, competitive and successful school options available to attract and retain middle-class families in the neighborhoods.
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WIEGAND: Does Indianapolis suffer from 'economic apartheid'?

I see Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to demolish abandoned homes as a sign of failure, an acknowledgment that our leaders—those whom we elected, business leaders, policy people, and leaders of not-for-profits—have failed us, much in the same way leaders dramatically failed the auto companies, investment banks and mortgage companies.
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