Hogsett would seek plan to tackle neighborhood blight

via IndyStar — Kristine Guerra

Indianapolis mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett on Tuesday proposed the first in a series of neighborhood initiatives that include leadership training for residents and a “redoubled” effort to tackle abandoned housing in the city.

Hogsett, a Democrat, announced the plan during a news conference outside a charred and boarded-up building on Udell Street across from Frank Young Park on the Near Northside. He chose that location, Hogsett said, because the neighborhood is home to many working families and yet the street also is lined with several abandoned buildings that attract crime.

Part of the initiative is a full inventory of all abandoned property in Indianapolis, which Hogsett, if elected, said he plans to have completed within the first year of his term. Houses owned by absentee owners or landlords who refuse to maintain their properties will be torn down after consulting with local neighborhood groups, Hogsett said.

“If we are to truly bring our city together and move Indianapolis forward, we must ensure that none of our neighborhoods are left behind,” Hogsett said in a statement. “Neighborhood development doesn’t come from the top down, and that’s why this plan focuses on equipping every neighborhood in our city with the tools necessary to help themselves.”

To read the full IndyStar story: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/04/hogsett-seek-plan-tackle-neighborhood-blight/31123425/

Read a copy of the Neighborhoods Plan here: http://joehogsett.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Hogsett-Neighborhoods-84-1245.pdf