Rather than New Year’s resolutions for Meridian Kessler, I have a wish list for what I’d like to see happen here in 2015.
First up is our new and improved web site, which has been in development since I had hair. Our two Facebook pages are both receiving considerable traffic, but the Association’s web page needs to be reimagined to provide more neighborhood information, including increased support for local businesses. I’m also a little nervous that about the time I agreed to supply a picture for the site, development slowed down.
Second is the development at 49th & College, which has been proposed for even longer than the website. The urgent owners are, finally, on the verge of unveiling a proposal for the long vacant site, and, unlike pervious owners, apparently have the financial chops to make it succeed. After that, I suppose it would be nice to actually have a beer at Bent Rail.
Third is public transit improvements. Indianapolis has been proposing public transit improvement for a long time, and College Avenue remains a central corridor for an express bus line. Funding for the proposal is due to show up on the November ballot, and with 2015 being a Mayoral and City-County Council election year, there’s a good chance we’ll see substantial voter turnout. A decent public transit system has long separated Indianapolis from other major urban areas, and this election will provide an opportunity for residents to show their support.
Fourth is the emergence of one more new popular public schools in the area. The number of local public schools that are popular with current and potential new families has long been a limiting factor in Meridian Kessler’s population growth in families. School 84, the Butler University Laboratory School, and the School 91 Montessori School have become very popular with local residents as free public school alternatives in our area. The School 70 Performing Arts Magnet still lags behind in that regard. I’m well past having kids, but I’m guessing local parents have a hard time enrolling kids of 1st Grade age with the expectation they’ll be performers. Still, we all showed up for our kid’s school shows, and we all shelled out for some sort of lessons. Mostly, grade schools teach what grade schools teach, and a given school’s performance is generally enhanced by having some students with advantages… It’s pretty clear that families in MK, and those considering moving back to the area, really desire local public schools, and it’s time to increase our supply of desirable local schools.
Fifth, as MKNA celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary, put the Association on a firm and stable financial footing. At the end of every year, MKNA still struggles to meet its budget. After half a century in existence, it’s time for us to get on solid financial ground. Your neighborhood association does many, many things for this area, but with resources, could do even more.
Sixth, wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of the MKNHN vigilantes?
Lastly, I’d like to see more of you involved in our neighborhood association, financially of course, but more important, by becoming active. We’ve become more walkable, more bike able, and certainly more interactive with our surrounding neighborhoods. Still, a neighborhood always needs a collaborative effort to become what its residents desire, and that’s best accomplished within the framework of an active, vital, neighborhood association.