Ballard Archive

Straub Gone!

Fox 59 and other sources are reporting that Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub will announce his resignation this afternoon.

Council Says "Keep it Georgia Street!"

At tonight’s City-County Council meeting, the Georgia Street proposal was introduced and went straight to a rare same-day vote. Unanimously, the CCC voted to recommend that one of Indy’s original street names remains unchanged.

I don’t know if it’s the councillors falling in line with public opinion less than a month before all of their jobs are decided. It probably is.

But it’s also a big sign to Mayor Ballard. For the incumbent mayor to not get one single vote from his own party on an issue that, until just days ago, he was a huge proponent of has got to be a blow. Even after conceding an immediate change, Ballard seemed to be a fan of still changing it later (presumably when the election was behind him.)

I doubt we’ll hear anything more about Ballard on Georgia Street for now. Just before an election and in light of tonight’s vote, the topic can do him too much damage to the mayor. It shows his unwillingness to listen to the will of the people of his city, even when it comes to things as simple as the name of a street.

Here’s the Star’s story on tonight’s vote.

City-County Council: Leave Georgia Street name alone | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Georgia Street’s New Name Will Be…Georgia Street!

It appears that Mayor Greg Ballard can actually listen to public input on a topic. Well, at least he seems able to a mere 39 days before an election and when his side of things is horribly unpopular. Today, the Mayor kinda conceded to leave the name of Georgia Street unchanged when it reopens after its facelift. (See the Channel 6 Story here.)

Why kinda? Because the Mayor said he would leave to option open for name changes in the future. Ballard seems to think that, after seeing all the exciting awesomeness of the new Georgia Street, the public is somehow going to suddenly flip its opinion and want a name change put in place. He has even announced a press conference Friday to announce a “significant addition” to Georgia Street.