Indianapolis has yet another
opportunity to engage in a "World-Class" city initiative: The creation of a
devastated New Orleans-style 9th Ward.
Via their White River (North)
Flood Reduction project the Corps is ready and eager to create Indianapolis'
very own version of that well-known New Orleans' community. A project of this
sort would certainly result in the same kind of destruction and accompanying
publicity that the ruined New Orleans area received.
The Indianapolis community
slated for sacrifice is the small community of Rocky Ripple.
To achieve their goal the
Army Corps of Engineers has devised an ingenious plan to "wall out" the Town of
Rocky Ripple.In the event of a
calamitous flood on the White River the town would be on the "wrong side" of the
proposed wall. This would ensure the inundated homes, ruined lives, and
possible loss of life necessary to create an area of this sort. While two
bridges over the Historic Central Canal do lead into and out of the community,
the Corps suggests the City of Indianapolis be responsible for sand-bagging to
block the bridges off during the flood event.If the new Lucas Oil Stadium were to be used as temporary
housing for the displaced victims, the comparison to New Orleans would be
Of several plans the Corps
put forward one actually offered flood protection for the Town. However a cost
/ benefit study revealed that compared to the value in creating a new
devastated "9th Ward-style" area ... protecting 700 plus people is
just not worth it.
For the Corps' plan to
proceed — and so voters can know where to place credit for the creation
of the newly blighted area — City of Indianapolis officials and the Mayor
must publicly approve the "9th Ward" plan.
Other politicians are far
luckier: Their fingerprints will be traced to the project merely by remaining
silent. Indeed, they'd actually have to voice opposition in order to distance
themselves from the plan – in which case they'd forfeit all credit for
the new disaster area
Some resistance is expected.
There are those who will speak out against the plan. But in sheer terms of
reputation as a City, and as an attitude toward its own citizens –
nothing can quite compare to a New Orleans-style tragedy. Recognition for
something this big doesn't come along everyday.
Editors' note: On Saturday,
come to a planned action protesting floodwall plans in Rocky Ripple.