|Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard|
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is standing firm on plans to rename Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis.To see the rest of the story, click here.
A Democratic member of the City-County Council, Angela Mansfield, has called for the mayor to drop plans to rename it , citing history, but Ballard told 24-Hour News 8 Reporter Jim Shella that it won't happen.
Georgia Street under construction.
"There's other things that are planned for it which is necessitating the name change," he said.
When asked to explain that Ballard said, "We'll have to wait for the next few days ... putting it together to make sure people understand what we're really trying to do on that street."
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate for Mayor Melina Kennedy added her criticism Thursday.
"I don't think we should change the name," she said, "but there are many bigger issues that the mayor ought to be focusing on."
Ballard says he will make an announcement regarding Georgia Street in a couple of days.
As I've said before, it doesn't matter even if 99% of the public is against the name change. Ballard simply doesn't care what people think. What Ballard cares about is what the downtown elites think. Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. wants the name change, so the Mayor's is going to carry out IDI"s orders regardless of overwhelming public opposition.
A Republican friend of mine asked why this issue is so important. In the grand scheme of things it is not. But it is emblematic of the attitude Mayor Ballard has consistently displayed toward the residents of Indianapolis He simply doesn't care what the average person thinks about issues. When it comes to the issues like the Pacers $33.5 million gift of our tax dollars, the 50 year parking meter deal, the Broad Ripple parking garage giveaway, or the $100 million North of South project, Mayor Ballard believes he is in office to take orders from downtown elites and implement their directives. If there is a perfect symbol for why Mayor Ballard does not deserve a second term, his attitude on the Georgia Street name is it.