The Central Canal is a critical backbone to Indianapolis neighborhoods from Broad Ripple to 30th Street and to the long-term viability of our downtown. The future of the Central Canal under the control of Citizens is an important question, and it is concerning that the shift in ownership is not widely known and has not been communicated to neighborhood groups. Read the John Barth for Council position on this important issue here: Barth_Central_Canal_4-26-10
The following link is to a blog posting from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on his visit to the “walking school bus” that John and his family are a part of most every school day. The first photo (also copied below) is of John walking with Secretary LaHood discussing targeting federal dollars to local livability issues such as “rails to trails” programs. Read the blog here.
It is not overstating the case to say that proposed the sale of Indianapolis’ water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group is one of the most important deals ever proposed in Indianapolis. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Mayor’s Office and Citizens Energy Group leaves many open questions. These questions can only be answered through a process that respects the idea that we all deserve to have a seat at the table as well as a voice in the discussion. Read the John Barth for City/County Council (At-Large) statement on the proposed deal here: Barth_Water_Opinion_April 12
Thank you to everyone who attended the John Barth for City/County Council event that took place on April 11, 2010 at Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple. We had a great turnout and the event sparked much discussion about strengthening neighborhoods in Indianapolis, including John’s ideas for neighborhood-directed economic development and citizen activation. Special thanks to the event co-sponsors Joe Smith Jr., Taylor Kumler, Kelley Teller, Melanie Priest, Liz Pinnick, and Kate Shoup.