Sunday, February 6, 2011

Uh.....why don't you just say the city's priorities are out of whack?

Editorial: We've come a long way; where do we go next?.  (Indianapolis Star, 2/4/2011)

Excerpt:     But now, in a sizable portion of Indianapolis, an opposite cycle is having devastating effects. Many families with the means to leave the urban core are fleeing to the suburbs out of concerns about schools, crime and neighborhood blight. The city struggles to find enough money simply to maintain its bus system, parks and libraries. Thousands of abandoned homes mar entire neighborhoods. Such a basic amenity as well-maintained sidewalks can be difficult to find in parts of the city.

The next year then holds a dual challenge: to celebrate all that has been accomplished in recent decades -- and those gains are indeed worthy of celebration -- while also acknowledging that much work remains to make this region a truly first-class place for all of us to call home.

A year from today this city will stage the most high-profile event in its history. It took more than three decades of careful planning and hard work for Indy to get to the point where it can pull off such a major undertaking with confidence and flair.

Related articles:
Indiana Pacers Receive 1st $10,000,000 for Operating Expenses. (7/17/2010)
$33,500,000 Bailout for Indiana Pacers While Libraries Get Squeezed. (7/12/2010)

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