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Ballard: City must build 'attractive urban environment'

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Mayor Greg Ballard will focus on what’s needed to move Indianapolis to the next level in his fourth-annual State of the City address Thursday.

The theme will include putting “the needs of the next decade ahead of the next day, next year or next election,” according to excerpts released Wednesday.

Ballard, a Republican who faces re-election in November, also will discuss the need to improve the city’s core urban neighborhoods “with better infrastructure, better education and better amenities.”

“Basically, we must build an attractive urban environment,” Ballard’s speech excerpts read.

Part of the speech also is expected to include discussion about a possible redevelopment opportunity near downtown.

He will tout the city’s record at bringing in jobs last year and Indianapolis’ fiscal position, both issues local Democrats will likely dispute.  

The speech will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Artsgarden downtown.

It was rescheduled from its original date in January because of the fatal shooting of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer David Moore, who passed away Jan. 26.

Check IBJ.com Thursday evening for coverage of the address.

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  • Let Me Translate
    "Part of the speech also is expected to include discussion about a possible redevelopment opportunity near downtown."

    Ballard is thinking about supporting a public-private partnership project to make a company wealthy at taxpayer expense, certainly a company that has contributed to Mayor Ballard's campaign.

    This act is so old. I can't wait until 1/1/2012 and I don't have to listen to that sell out anymore.

  • No So Field Of Dreams
    Inside the North of South Land Deal - It is not pretty

    http://hadenoughindy.blogspot.com/2011/02/no-so-field-of-dreams-lie-and-they-will.html

  • stadium
    Hey I thought Lucas Oil stadium was going to solve all our problems--you mean that is not the case??!
  • Yeah, right.
    The theme will include putting â??the needs of the next decade ahead of the next day, next year or next election,â??

    Except for the millions and millions and millions of dollars that we are spending on the Super Bowl that may or may not happen.
  • Streets
    Well, he can start by putting the streets back together. The intersection of Washington and Capital is absolute nightmare!

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