Since 1967, the BRVA has been the "only game in town.". And why not? The Village is a pretty small town. Over the years, they watched over things in Broad Ripple, tried to make things interesting and have some fun.
Because of that, you and I got the idea that the BRVA was a community organization ...a group that looked out for all of us and worked to preserve the Broad Ripple we all love.
That was our bad. The BRVA is a business organization.
That's OK. What would Broad Ripple be without all the little shops and bars and restaurants? There was never any BIG money to be made ...so the businesses looked out for the residents and visitors and vice-versa.
Until the BIG money came to the Village.
Let's face it ...for all of the wonderful new village-like things that have happened in other neighborhoods and downtown ...Broad Ripple is the coolest and the original.
The only problem was ...there was never any way to make any BIG money from it.
That changed 2 or 3 years ago.
BIG corporations that wanted to pretend that they were small, locally-owned shops developed plans to get taxpayer money to install themselves in the coolest neighborhoods in every city in America.
Those corporations perfected their plan with the magic ingredient of TIF funds.
NOW, not only did the BIG corporations (pretending to be local small shops) get to bring their BIG bucks to influence governments and community organizations ...they got the locals to pay for a BIG chunk of their plans.
It worked like a dream.
Then they came to Broad Ripple.
The BRVA absolutely loved it. Finally BIG money was coming to the village. Finally there was a way to make a profit from tending to the concerns of a cool little place that everybody loves.
There was a river. There was a village. Finally there was a buyer. They could finally sell that village down that river.
A direct payout of cash wasn't exactly necessary. Promises of cash were enough for some ...especially in a struggling economy.
Promises of more business for existing shops were enough for others.
Promises of (finally!) BIG-paying jobs! Let's all keep an eye on where Brooke Klejnot goes to work next!
Finally, BRVA will have a BIG dues-paying member to funnel BIG thank you bucks into BRVA ...so they won't have to waste so much time representing the people, the barbershop, the health food store, the bar they don't really like.
Please Say NO, Broad Ripple ...you can do it.
And please Say NO all lovers of Broad Ripple ...you can help SO much!
Residents and Private Citizens ...you are not being represented at all. Please show up at the BRVA sham-meetings and the City-County Building. Without you nothing can stop the developers.
Small Business Owners ...you know in your hearts this will not help you. The BRVA and its new friends will BIG foot you into the dust.
Professionals ...please lend a hand and friendly advice to ordinary people who are fighting back for what might be the first and last time in their lives.
Elected Representatives ...help do the right thing. These TIF funds were meant for neighborhoods that haven't seen investment in decades ...not BR which just got a $17 million parking garage.
Keep Broad Ripple Local,
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Editorial Details BRVA's Attempt to Turn Broad Ripple Village Into Broad Ripple Big City
A guest editorial by "Mike":