It is unfortunate that those who appose the work of the SRC have been given a disproportionate amount of coverage in the local press. The vast majority of Speedway residents realize that we must be about rebirth!
There is an old saying that you cannot cook a frog by throwing him into boiling water because he will jump out, but if you put the frog in cool water and slowly raise the temperature, he will not notice the change and
allow himself to be cooked.
Speedway is the frog.
We have become accustomed to the slow decay, stagnant property values, a Main street with abandon buildings and haphazard signage and facades. To those businesses that see their self-interest threatened, allow me to make them aware that nothing threatens them more than allowing Speedway to become the next Haughville or Meadows or near Eastside or near Southside.
Do you want a business environment where your profits shrink or disappear because of wasting money on security and razor wire fencing and high insurance rates with high deductibles? Take a drive out of Speedway and see for yourself what has happened to property values in other declining areas of the Indianapolis, 40, 30 or even just 20 years ago they were where Speedway is today.
To ask where will the SRC/Town get the money is a fair question.
But I ask in return, where will they get the money?
They certainly don't have it and have no chance of getting anywhere near the amount necessary.
They have not been willing (or able) to invest the amount necessary to keep Speedway competitive with surround areas like Brownsburg/Plainfield/Avon!!
Speedway does not exist in a vacuum, we must be willing and able to offer more than the same old, same old.
Certainly not every decision of the SRC will be perfect, but I know this may be our best if not last chance to save Speedway.
I have taken the drive around Indianapolis with eyes wide open and I know what can happen to property values, quality of life and to the business districts that we depend on for vibrant community.
1602 Cord Street
Speedway, IN. 46224