Mayor Ballard, Ballard Administration, Blige discussed on WIBC Programming

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So those, those two were the bulk of that, and then also there was a senior housing complex near green Greenwood James Briggs Ryan Martin the Indy star in studio with us. So let's get them the nitty gritty here. The million dollar question. What's the biggest thing we take away from this article here? Is that, that mayor Joe's follow crap? Is that the numbers have been doctored here? What's the big takeaway, I think, what I reporting would show and based on the people we talked to is that in many ways that this initiative is isn't really a coherent plan to address delapidated housing. Instead, it's a collection of agencies. Al- putting data together, and then it'd been pitched as a political solution to something. But the people we talked to would say that, while the city's done good work at a bunch of different ways. It isn't really necessarily all focused on dilapidated or blasted housing and certainly not on crime and James, take me through how mayor Ballard would have handled the same situation because I'm Suming that you guys in your investigation to pair to what's going on now to with the Ballard administration previously in other issue, one of our challenges. We wanted to one way, we wanted to measure the progress made under Hogshead is to look back to the Ballard years. But according to the hog said administration, they didn't have apples to apples numbers from the Ballard years. One thing we know that mayor Ballard did is he, he sought to demolish, a lot of houses, and that actually went badly for him in the sense that people started getting angry, so not everyone likes the idea of demolishing houses, even though that's a fairly proven way to successfully. Deal with Blige to get rid of the houses. As he attempted that some people objected, and they kind of pulled back from that during his administration. And so it's a little difficult to compare the work during the Ballard years to the hog set years, did you reject a hug set? Yeah, we interviewed him for the story. So, yeah, we talked to him about this. What's he say? I think the most interesting takeaway, for us was that he sort of walked back from the idea that this was intended as a solution to crime. That was how it was pitched when he first rolled this out in the two thousand seventeen state of the city address when we asked him about that. He said this wasn't necessarily an effort to come back crime, and that was that was something to surprise us. Because we understood it as an initiative that wasn't ended for that purpose. And Ryan take me through some of the conversations. You've had with some people who live in areas where. Either the mayor has not knocked down these houses or areas where he's claiming victory. And I'm sure you had a chance to speak with some of those people. Yeah. When neighborhood we went to just north of tenth in rural and the Brookside area. We talked to a gentleman Danny Martinez who lives there. And, you know, one of the reasons we were in that area is because we found a bunch of homes that were in that area. Counted as transformed on on the mayor's office is list. And what Danny told us was he was he lives just a few blocks away from Brookside park. But he and his niece who's eleven years old. They don't even walk to the park because they're afraid living in that area. So instead, they drive and what's interesting to us on top of that is a home across the street, that's on the list as being transformed. But it's still sitting vacant trying to get a free tweeted this story at hammer and Nigel. Here's a line from the story that James Briggs Ryan Martin, put out.

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