Letter: ‘Complete Streets’ policy is worth passing

There are many components that lead to thriving, successful businesses. One of those components is an assurance of safe and easy access to those businesses for consumers.

Sadly, many of our urban neighborhoods lack infrastructure like sidewalks, bike lanes and wheelchair cutouts that would make it safer and easier for residents of those neighborhoods to patronize nearby businesses.

While Indianapolis has thousands of road miles that need sidewalks, I’m glad to see that City-County Councilors John Barth and Maggie Lewis are proposing an update to the city’s “Complete Streets” policy that will prioritize improvements for areas with high rates of poverty, people with disabilities and people who lack private transportation. The policy is supported by groups like the American Heart Association, Health by Design, and Shalom Health Care Center.

Improvements to those areas have the potential to revitalize small neighborhood businesses, and in turn, improve the quality of life for all of us.

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Dr. Leonardo Ortega, CEO
Shalom Health Care Center

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