Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Trees or Sidewalks?


At this point is has become incredibly clear that Mayor Bart Peterson has got his priorities a little out of whack. The FIN has clearly noted our view that public safety really should come before planting trees. Having a pretty city doesn’t matter much if the crime rate is so high no one will be able to appreciate it.

That being said, there are certain infrastructural improvements that the city is responsible for and the citizens should expect their tax dollars to go toward these basic needs. One specific example is sidewalk repairs.

According to the Indy Star, the City of Indianapolis has a $28 MILLION backlog of sidewalk repairs to complete. This will take 10 years to clear and the City got 1100 requests in the last two years.

Mayor Peterson indicated that the tree planting would be part of keeping Indianapolis beautiful. Wouldn’t the sidewalks be a more logical place to start?

3 Comments:

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Even more importantly, how about fixing some of the massive potholes in the roads. Trees are nice but the lack of trees isn't ruining my suspension!

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goldsmith had a policy not to repair sidewalks for several years--he felt they were the property owners' responsibility. Only in the last years of office did the city start repairing them again. The number one citizen complaint councilors hear is "sidewalks." At least we're finally getting them done.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Yeah, but in this article a guy tried to do it himself and they didn't give him good enough instructions obviously. And Goldsmith didn't recommend planting trees as part of beautifying Indianpolis...

 

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