'Livability' for Indianapolis

February 23, 2009
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A year into his tenure as mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard over the weekend articulated what may be the closest thing we’ll hear for his vision for the city.

Ballard’s State of the City address touted making Indianapolis the nation’s most livable big city. He defined livable as safe, prosperous and a destination for the best and brightest. Also sustainable, and with strong neighborhoods and efficient local government.

He went on to describe how his administration is making inroads on many of the goals.

How do you feel about livability as a goal? It certainly fits with Ballard’s style of managing the fundamentals, but is it enough? And should Ballard be expected to articulate a soaring vision when times are so tough?

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  • What I don;t understand is why Ballard feels it is necessary to form a commission to develop a strategy to fix the city's infrastructure? I mean, isn't addressing that issue something the mayor himself should be doing? Why wait 6 months and spend valuable tiem and resources with this commission nonsense.

    Take a look around Greg, see those potholes? fix them. See that road falling apart? Repave it. Broken Parks equipment? Replace it. And oh yeah, why the hell were you sedning out SALT TRUCKS Saturday? It barely covered the streets!


    God help us indy, with 2 years and 10 months to go of this clueless leader.
  • Where is the comprehensive Public Investment that our leaders have said that they will do, partnering with community investments, creating long term sustainability, economic development, and places people want to be! SMART GROWTH Project Ready to Go / 180+ Jobs will be Created / Public and Private Investments help citys grow and double the Publics returns on investment via sales and income tax, Just To Build the buildings, while creating long term Community Redevelopment! The Uptown reconnecting our midtown our corridors and our community back to our downtown should be a 1st priority. Brown to Green Redevelopment. Mayor Ballard and Governor Daniels need to make the needed commitments, creating the opportunity's for the foundation of our people, community, City, State and Country, Now. More study's are not needed. Commitments and checks with real investments into our community, is what is needed, NOW!
  • I just spent the morning in a meeting where we had to teach what should have been known, yet again, to the very people who thought they knew everything. The people who knew everything were shocked, shocked! to find out that they weren't the repositories of all information, even in an office as small as ours and had they left the door ajar, even slightly for other input, we wouldn't have had this problem.

    In this respect, I applaud Ballard for not plunging ahead to do what he knows but instead is making sure he's getting other feed-back. I only hope that his commissions are not made up of people who know, but that they also ask for input from everyone in the process - including the front-line people, patching the asphalt, the ones who really know.
  • IF bALLARD DOES *not* HAVE THE ASNWERS, THEN WHY IN THE WORLD DID YOU VOTE FOR HIM?
  • Hey DaHooey,

    The mayor ain't King Tut. He doesn't have a gong to sound. And he doesn't have a cadre of court jesters to clown around and entertain you while you whine and moan. Maybe he'll do some good things, maybe not. He does seem to be doing some correct things according to Abdul. And Abdul may be a better source of recognizing the mayor's accomplishments than you tout yourself to be.

    Then we look ahead to think of a few of Dems that want to run against Ballard - Melina Kennedy, Frank Anderson, and Woody Meyers. Give me a break - if you think we have it bad now, just let one of those three court jesters get a promotion.
  • Berwick Guy,

    If your source of information about what's going on is from Abdul, a person with a radio show with invisible ratings, then you have no clue what is happening in this city. Oh, forget thinking Frank Anderson or Woddy Myers is running for Mayor. More unsubstantiated rumors spread by people like you with no clue
  • Thank you Mr. Truth Teller.


    Abdul? News source? :lol: You crack me up. I think one of his news sources is this bloggy thing.

    I can guarantee you Frank is not running for Mayor. He is running for womthing, but not mayor.


    Mark those words.
  • Truth Teller:

    I did not state that Abdul was MY source of information. I only used him to compare to Hooey's assumptions. Oh, and congratulations on being the person will ALL the clues.

    Be sure and SMILE when you say those things!
  • Smart Growth is the process by which rich developers steal tax money, in the name of green and other such nebulous goals.

    Smart Growth gave us an unsustainable downtown

    Smart Growth means Light Rail for white people who moved out of Indy to get away from black people.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uBXk5dcc1s
  • Oh brother.
  • It is sad how uninformed people can be and still insist they know more than anyone else. Da Hooey, this pertains to you. While I can appreciate your viewpoints, and often your concerns are vallid, you need to express them in a more productive manner. You are beginning to sound like a bratty little kid having a tantrum. Potholes are being fixed, roads are being paved. Just because it all isnt happening outside your front door doesnt mean it isnt happening. Anyway, have a great day.

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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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