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August 1, 2012

Childhood board game offers lessons for city

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• Indiana Avenue: The city had an Indiana Street once that was part of the property along the Wabash River. It represents the next leg of the Little Turtle Waterway that will eventually connect downtown with the new Ivy Tech campus.

• Pennsylvania Railroad: The real Pennsylvania Railroad once owned the building that now houses Transco, and an expansion there adding more than two dozen jobs merits a city commitment to improve Transco’s frontage along 18th Street, a project the previous administration supported. It shouldn’t be much to expect at least adequate sidewalks from the 18th Street Bridge north, but if that doesn’t happen, Transco officials could claim they’ve been railroaded on their commitment to expand the local economy.

• Marvin Gardens: The Cass County Community Corrections program has been a success story in beautifying the community with its own gardens, and it would be timely for city officials to commit at least some funding to beautify areas of the city.

• Short Line Railroad: The city has one and making the area surrounding it a Tax Increment Financing district will generate income for redeveloping the north side corridor with a street or improve rail line for industry. That district should include the former Exide battery factory that sits in Franklin’s old city council ward as a sad reminder of jobs the community has lost.

• North Carolina Avenue: It’s interesting to note that the city probably pays more to North Carolina than any other state because it buys most of its power from Duke Energy. Beleaguered Duke is having problems that have led two board members to resign and the surprise appointment of a new CEO. These anecdotes have made the investor-owned version of the Dukes of Hazard. If it’s not time to sever ties with Duke, at the very least, it’s time to advertise for competitive bids for power until the city’s next phase of electric generation can be realized.

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