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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.