Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City address Thursday night, exhorted citizens to become ambassadors for Indianapolis as a great place to live.
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#1 Feb 28, 2014
The mayor wonders why we question his rebuilding Indy initiatives, but what about the terrible progress of the former Eastgate Mall property? I remember Bart Peterson, on his last day as Mayor, announcing a sweetheart sale of the property with the assurance that it would turn around the east side of Indianapolis. Now we've been through so much drama over there, but it still looks like hell. Unpainted, ringed with huge concrete blocks; a veritable war zone. We're paying so very much to lease it for the police from our precious tax dollars. Why does it have to be such an eyesore year after year? Why does everyone lie about what's really going on over there? Why does everybody keep saying they've lost all the documents having to do with the leases and the costs? This is why we don't trust the mayor's office. Its the receipt we see right in front of our eyes.
#2 Feb 28, 2014
Shhhhhh....The mall downtown isn't faring very well. I hear there are A LOT of subsidies going around to keep tenants in place. Remember in 1994-95 when the politicos and all of the local gendarmes/signatories promised the mall would make DT Indy a world class city? It didn't happen. Neither did the Super Bowl. Having said that,when the mall was built it was an old idea well passed its time. The canary in the coal mine was when LS Ayres closed its DT store. People working DT will not shop DT. Ayres knew this.
This is what happens when politicos,developers,the media and other well connected interests ignore all retail trends and do their own thing. Regardless of the facts. In their mind,all taxpayer monies are fungible. And why not? The PTB will guarantee the developers and management their profits....even if those profits must come from taxpayers. And the Hoosier voter being as stupid as they tend to be will continue to reward and re-elect the con-artists who have nothing but contempt for them.
#3 Feb 28, 2014
Ballard's biggest problem--besides his greasy ego--is he believes in public subsidies for his campaign contributors. Plus,he seems to believe the CIB is the most important constituent. These two maladies are compounded by the fact Ballard believes Indianapolis is bounded by North St-South St.-East St- and West St.
Everything else surrounding the aforementioned boundaries appears to be one large empty and dilapidated series of strip malls.
Perhaps this is why his administration does a crappy job of clearing the streets during inclement weather?
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