Mayor Ballard, snow fighter?

February 4, 2010
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Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized over and over that his administration will be known for mastering basics like public safety, fixing potholes and clearing snow.

With a respectable blizzard on the way, it’s a good time to stop and assess Ballard’s blocking and tackling.

What do you think? How well is the city managing snow and ice? Potholes? Do you feel safe?

 

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  • Master of Illusions
    Umm, okay. Whatever Mr. Mayor.

    Until Indianapolis figures out how to properly clear secondary and residential streets they'll get a failing grade from me. It's dangerous and absolutely stupid. I used to live on a residential street but got tired of the hassle. I know live on a main road and though I put up with traffic, it's worth it to know that my street will be plowed and sanded and salted and have the potholes repaired (usually) in a reasonable manner.

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