Susan Williams

Susan
Williams

Williams is a community leader.

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Williams is a community leader.

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November 3, 2015 11:42 AM 1 Comment

Fight Crime: Feed our kids

Crime is on everyone’s mind these days.  It’s scary and frustrating and seems like a hopeless situation that we can’t seem to tackle effectively.  When we could rationalize that it was all about drugs and drug dealers, it didn’t feel personal.  But when it’s Binkley’s or our neighborhood CVS store, it’s now getting personal. Meet James.  He went to bed hungry every night and went to school hungry every day. Never ready to learn, he was headed for failure…

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August 25, 2015 10:57 AM

Blue Indy Blues

The Blue Indy project contiues to disregard and disrespect neighborhoods, residents and businesses in spite of City County Council alledged concerns and the walloping number of complaints called into the Mayor’s office.  Can nobody stop this juggrnaut from continuing to reek havoc in our neighborhoods?  Will no one at City Hall stand up and take responsibility. The latest villianousness began at around 6 am the Monday at 13th and Alabama which the noise and dust for sidewalk…

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July 2, 2015 5:05 PM 5 Comments

Blue Indy: Cool idea, Pathetic Execution

Is this the way things are done in Indy? Much has been made of the questionable means employed by the Mayor’s office to fund Blue Indy. Not only did the Mayor’s office apparently violate  fiduciary responsibilities, there is a more outrageous saga playing out on the streets.  With the car terminals are popping up willy-nilly,  the Mayor’s office has managed to violated what I consider a most sacred public trust; the commitment of City Hall…

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April 23, 2015 8:37 PM 3 Comments

Please Go Home

Really?  A $25M warehouse on the Canal? For decades, a few advocates have been pushing for a more visible, stately home for the Indiana State Archives somewhere near the heart of State government.   Until now, no Governor or Legislature has taken up that “cause” as a priority. Nor, should they. The State Archives houses 200 years’ worth of historical records, including some extremely important original historical documents, such as the state’s constitutions.  Documents have been…

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April 9, 2015 6:41 AM 7 Comments

Stop the Insanity

Until now, I have resisted the urge to weigh in on the RFRA debacle because others have written so eloquently.  However, when I saw the news coverage of Representative Bosma’s plea to his colleagues last week, urging a “fix” because the so called Religious Freedom legislation was bad for Hoosiers, a threat to our economy, blah, blah, blah, I was dumbstruck that he was allowed to get by with that disingenuous drivel.  Really, Mr. Speaker?…

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March 24, 2015 5:46 AM

Hey 21C, What Color will our penguins be?

What an exciting announcement!  The 21C Museum Hotel is coming to Indianapolis.  And in their typical fashion their hotel will be a bit “off the beaten path”, renovating an historic building and creating a very contemporary new addition.  Our beautiful 105 year old neo-classic former City Hall will again come to life in a very vibrant way .  Details of the project, including renderings, can be found on line in the February 26th IBJ on…

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March 5, 2015 2:05 PM 3 Comments

Parking Meter Privatization; A Study in Absurdity

Privatized Parking Meters…..it’s past time for someone in City Hall to reassess, perhaps join me on my early morning walks. Parking meters are an important management tool and revenue source for the City.  So I never begrudge dropping my quarters into the slot, even though privatization has resulted in ridiculously high fees.  However, the absurdity embedded in enforcement is my pet peeve. We often take an early Saturday morning walk to Starbucks. It was 7:30 on…

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February 25, 2015 3:45 PM 5 Comments

Circle Centre Mall must ramp up its game

Finally, we are beginning to  hear a bit of concern about Circle Centre Mall.  Hopefully not  too little, too late.  Frankly, I began worrying about Circle Centre Mall the day that Nordstrom opened its doors at Keystone at the Crossing.  Then, when the Rack opened, I became disstraught. Regardless of the predictability of the Nordstrom closing, there were certainly surprises along the way.  The biggest surprise has been the years of seeming ambivilence of our…

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February 17, 2015 6:02 PM 3 Comments

Let’s Dump ISTEP

Can we please talk about something relative to the education of our Hoosier kids that really matters? It doesn’t matter one whit who chairs the State Board of Education and the whole debate about the length of the ISTEP test is giving me a headache. First of all, who thought a 12 hour test for 8 and 11 year olds was a really good idea; or a 9 hour test or a 5 hour test, for…

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February 9, 2015 6:33 PM 2 Comments

State Board of Education is Flunking

So, let’s see if I have this right.  The State of Indiana through the State Board of Education snatched Arlington High School away from Indianapolis Public Schools because the school was “failing”.  They turned the school over to a private operator who shorly thereafter threw up their hands and said, “can’t do this without more money”.  They have left the building. So now, the Superintendent of IPS presents a plan to the State Board of education for re-claiming and…

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