Beginning with the February 6th edition, the Indianapolis Star kicked off a year-long series focused on thinking about what’s next for our city. That day’s paper saw the publication of the story “Beyond the Big Game: Trying to Build on our Sports Success,” which provided a bright spotlight on what our city has done to revitalize downtown. Our elected leaders, civic groups, business community, and residents joined forces to create a vibrant downtown, and their success is unquestioned. However, the story also pointed out that our neighborhoods have not shared in that success. Our success downtown can, and must, be replicated in neighborhoods around our city, but it will take the same focused attention, collaboration, commitment, and shared vision to expand the revitalization throughout our city, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Read John’s letter to the editor in response to the Star’s series here: Barth Star Letter 3-7-11
Update: The Indianapolis Star published John’s letter on March 21, 2011.