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