"The Official Portrait of Miss InDiana"

"The Official Portrait of Miss InDiana"
aka "Miss Victory"

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Signs of the times in a "world class city"

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This sign has nothing to do with the republicans, democrats, libertarians or Ballard's campaign.
It was erected near Irvington by local residents fed up with Mayor Peterson's lip service to a "War on Abandoned Houses" that he launched in 2003 as a response to the NY Times article that first exposed Indy's abondoned home blight to the nation. Since Mayor Peterson waged his war on abandoned houses, the number of boarded up homes doubled.
Hat tip to IndyU for first publishing this photo in April 2007.


Anonymous said...

Does Bart Peterson ever follow-through with anything?

colonist said...

If this sign was posted earlier in the year, imagine what has transpired since then: Record foreclosures with 1 in 4 for sale, devaluing the neighborhood by 15%; virtually all of Marion county. Rising crime. 'A man's home is his castle' disintegrated. Triple tax mailings at citizens' expense, city county bldg.lockdown,including Violation of Open Door Policy state statute, when protesters with cameras were turned away; merger of police authorities without the oath of office, fire dept. discrimination resulting in paying out a law suit,and on and on. This, the mayor calls going in the right direction. His polished sound bites and memorized jargon have fooled alot of people, but lack of leadership is self evident. He had 7+ years to undo what Hudnut, Goldsmith and Lugar created in the building blocks of creating Indiana as a better place to live. He has made a comment in at least 2 public appearances that if the property tax debacle is not solved, Indiana will cease to exist as a state, then concludes that we are headed in the right direction with his plastic smile. "Disingenuous" is putting it mildly.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't elimination of property tax in Indiana cause investors to scramble to buy up all those abandoned homes? Seems logical.