We are at a “red flag” moment in the evolution of transportation in greater Indianapolis. Either we give our young professionals the transportation options that they expect before they move away or we have an official ceremony and declare ourselves officially married, for better or for worse, to the automobile and massive highway construction expense.
With downtown residential space supply very limited currently, and with commercial office space experiencing higher than normal vacancy rates (due to both COVID-19 and technological advances), consideration should be given to reusing this space for residential—thus bringing people back downtown on a 24-hour basis.
It is not safe for the community at this time to introduce more patrons into our buildings when new, more contagious virus strains have arrived.
A recent pattern of legislative proposals attacks local control in ways that would slow our economic recovery and risk long-term progress on public safety.
Upon implementation, carbon emissions would drop by 40% over 12 years, while creating more than 2 million jobs, adding $70-plus billion to our GDP and providing a monthly dividend to all U.S. households—all without introducing a single new regulation.
In Jennifer Wagner’s column [Pandemic offers opportunity to rethink regulations, Forefront, Jan. 15], her choice of licensed professions to compare was interesting. I agree the two professions (real estate agent and cosmetologist) seem, on the surface, to be treated unequally. However, I disagree with her statement that “a sloppy real estate agent is likely to do more long-term damage than crooked bangs.”