Thumbs Up: Equitable Benefits / Complete Streets
It's true Indy has a lot of work ahead of it: Urbanofile blogger Aaron Renn made sure we knew it, too, with his recent posting "Why I Don't Live in Indianapolis," which offered a damning critique of the city's lack of design vision in a new parking garage planned for primo Downtown real estate along New York Street between Capitol and Illinois. (Nearly 200 comments followed the posting in response.) But amidst all the frustrations of life in a modern Rust Belt and ag capital, signs of progress are evident. Hearty congratulations to Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council for passing several visionary measures, including the provision of benefits for their colleagues in domestic partnerships and for a "complete streets" ordinance that will nurture a culture of inclusive intentions for street users of all types, from wheel chairs and pedestrians to car poolers and bus riders.