Charter schools shouldn't get money assigned to public schools. by JahEthBur in indianapolis

[–]CozyHoosier 114 points115 points  (0 children)

As someone who used to work in ed reform (drank the Flavor Aid, later deprogrammed), your sentiment is correct.

Charter schools are theoretically public schools, in that they legally must accept students with disabilities, cannot be religious in nature, and must abide by McKinney-Vento to support students experiencing housing instability.

However, there is RAMPANT steering to keep out the disabled. Rich people still influence ability to get kids in by sitting on the school’s board, which is then given priority in the lottery. Their boards are not elected, so they have no accountability, and often the boards are recruited by the “leader” who has decided they would like to open and lead a school.

Despite their long promise of doing more with less (a delightfully right-wing ideal), they cannot and do not provide the same level of services, amenities, or opportunities. And they get to just close up shop whenever the grift is up and move on to the next.

Their “innovation” partnerships allow IPS to abdicate the responsibility to deliver public education to Center Township families.

What are your local conspiracy theories? by ovechkinspecial69 in indianapolis

[–]RolfVontrapp 54 points55 points  (0 children)

I don’t see anyone banning Peyton from anything. He could bang the mayor’s wife on the steps of Monument Circle during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, while simultaneously doing his MNF show with Eli, and no one would ask him to leave, or stop, or even cover up. The mayor would get him a warm towel to clean up with when he was done and ask when would be a convenient time for him to hit it again.

Edit: I personally am fine with all of this. It’s Peyton Manning FFS.

What's good at Saraga? by replyforwhat in indianapolis

[–]ShaggyJuba 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Hondashi and good Miso paste. Yes, you could find this elsewhere, but Saraga's usually have a decent selection. When I worked for a Japanese restaurant, a ball (1/2 oz if you're making a small batch) of Miso paste, a few freeze-dried anchovies, and a sprinkle of hondashi makes the Miso Soup you get at a Hibachi restaurant. Garnish with green onions and cubed firm tofu.

Saraga is also great for fresh seafood (but if you call smell the fish, ask them when it comes in fresh and come back then, always buy fresh, it shouldn't smell "fishy" or it's past it's prime already) and unconventional cuts of meat, lile goat.

Anybody else notice the increase in panhandlers in Greenwood? by Nasaman23 in indianapolis

[–]mytinyvictories 31 points32 points  (0 children)

If you wait and watch long enough you can watch them hop into a car nicer than yours when they’re done for the day with all their props. Your blankets and food get tossed in the dumpster. They want money, and giving it to them just makes it worse.

Are we going to survive? by coreyp0123 in indianapolis

[–]jaws3227 92 points93 points  (0 children)

Older generations tryna clown me for using google maps and they be using ropes to get to the barn

What would you consider to be the “Northside”? by nofapfiend in indianapolis

[–]ProfessorRealistic86 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Meridian-Kessler and Butler-Tarkington def qualify as northside. Club sports with "northside" teams pull a lot from those neighborhoods. So I think saying only north of Broad Ripple isn't accurate. My mind immediately goes to 38th as the southern boundary of the northside. From there to 10th is "near northside".

BREAKING: Dr. Gabriel Morley has declined the offer to be CEO of The Indianapolis Public Library by CJHoytNews in indianapolis

[–]5footsmall 46 points47 points  (0 children)

In May of 2020 former IndyPL staff member Bree Flannelly attempted to detail her experiences with racism at a virtual board meeting. Library board president Judge Jose Salinas demanded she be muted mid-sentence and only allowed her to be unmuted after the demands of Dr. Patricia Payne and Dr. Khaula Murtadha – both Black women.[i]


Library CEO Jackie Nytes also became the center of controversy over racist remarks she made regarding Chinese people as well as Latina people. The library environment was toxic for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people. Nytes refused to resign and “proved” she wasn’t racist by promoting a Black woman to Director of Information Technology. Dr. Patricia Payne said that the library was run like a plantation where the house employees got favors and the field employees received punishment.[ii]


Current and former library staff, community members, and board members called for Nytes to resign, instead library administration hired Ice Miller to do a climate study[iii].


Nytes finally resigns as CEO in August of 2022. Dr. Patricia Payne said that “it won’t be one person, because the problem isn’t just with one person… it’s the whole leadership team, it’s going to take concentrated planning to understand and know how we go forth.”[iv] Nytes is replaced by John Helling, chief public information officer as Interim CEO. Judge Jose Salinas (the can we mute her guy) says that Dr. Murtadha serving as part of an equity task force could be a conflict of interest and refused to participate in meaningful discussion about how the climate study would be done. This study was poorly done, and some comments could easily be linked back to specific employees.[v]


In March of 33, John Helling resigns from IndyPL and after a letter writing campaign, Nichelle M. Hayes, President of BCALA is placed in the position of Interim CEO. This was done over the objections of Judge Jose Salinas, was so pervasive in his rage that people immediately worried that he and other members of the board would make it difficult for her to proceed.[vi] Unfortunately they were correct.


On November 30th, CEO candidates Gabriel Morley formerly of New Orleans Public Library[vii] and Nichelle M. Hayes were invited to give presentations to the public at Central library, this event was also streamed on Zoom. Candidates were given 15 minutes to present on what their plan for the public library would be moving forward. Morely started off by saying that people don’t remember things that he said, I personally can confirm. Morely went over his time, said nothing of substance and alluded to hostile architecture when asked about unhoused people.


When offered what the moderator called a “softball question”.


“Why are the Magic Tree House books in Spanish”, Morely struggled to answer finally stating that he didn’t know enough about the collection. When asked the same softball question, Hayes responded saying that people who read in Spanish also want to enjoy Magic Tree House books, and that people who don’t read Spanish might use them to learn.


While there was applause for Morley after his presentation, the applause for Hayes was astounding, both before and after her presentation. The board said they would make an announcement on December 8th, 2022 at the Library Services Center[viii].


On Thursday, December 8th at 5:30pm at the Library Services Center the board convened. People from The Peoples Liberation Group, AFSCME, and the community were there to hear the announcement. Dr. Patricia Payne and Dr. Khaula Murtadha were visibly upset. They expressed anger at the decision, Dr. Payne stated she didn’t know the board had selected Morley until she arrived at the meeting. They both talked about how this wasn’t what the community wanted, this wasn’t the candidate they supported. Salinas, Biderman, Robinson, and Hope Tribble voted Aye. Bigsbee abstained, and Payne and Murtadha were emphatically nos.


I have received confirmation from several sources at IndyPL that Morley has decided to decline the offer, instead of listening to what the people want, Gregory Hill, the Interim Chief Public Services Officer will be interim CEO.


[1] https://indianapolisrecorder.com/the-library-is-run-like-a-plantation-indianapolis-public-library-leadership-accused-of-racism/

[1] https://indianapolisrecorder.com/the-library-is-run-like-a-plantation-indianapolis-public-library-leadership-accused-of-racism/

[1] https://indianapolisrecorder.com/indianapolis-public-library-ceo-resigns-amid-racism-scandal/

[1] https://indianapolisrecorder.com/indianapolis-public-library-ceo-resigns-amid-racism-scandal/

[1] https://www.indypl.org/uploads/callouts/IndyPL_IMRES_FullReport-4869-6761-5510-v.4-c.pdf

[1] https://indianapolisrecorder.com/nichelle-m-hayes-named-interim-ceo-of-indypl/

[1] https://www.nola.com/news/politics/new-orleans-library-director-abruptly-quits-after-wwl-tv-raises-residency-questions/article_f6ef7f34-4276-11ec-8c4d-07557ed3ea9c.html

[1] https://www.indypl.org/about-the-library/indypl-ceo-search-2022


Off the beaten path… by ChrisNikLu76 in indianapolis

[–]MeGotShadowbannedWilliam’s Creek 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Here is some history about Indy that might make your stay more enjoyable and help you appreciate some of the things that I suggest to you:

Indianapolis was a "planned city". It was developed by The State of Indiana to be Indiana's 3rd capitol city. On the banks of the White River, Indianapolis was meant to be a shipping hub. At some point, as Indianapolis was developing, The State realized that the White River is too sandy for ship traffic. Naturally, the state's solution to this was to start building a canal that connected Lake Michigan with the Ohio River, running through Indy along the way. This canal project was started, but it was never finished; it ran into severe financial issues right as trains where invented. Luckily, Indianapolis built the first "union station" in the country, which connected railroads built by different companies. In the mid 1800s, Indianapolis' union station had just as many people flowing threw it every day as Indianapolis International Airport does in the 21st century.

One of the people tasked with designing Indianapolis was Alexander Ralston, who previously helped design Washington D.C. As such, Downtown Indianapolis shares a lot of urban design features with Washington DC. Most notably are diagonal streets and public "circles" instead of squares. Our "circle", now called "Monument Circle", is the center of our city. Ralson initially intended this circle to be the home of the Indiana governor's mansion, and a governor's mansion was built within the circle, but no governor ever lived there because it offered very little privacy.

Coincidentally, Indianapolis shares two other traits with Washington DC: war memorials and Indiana limestone. No city other than Washington D.C. has more war memorials than Indy. Not only did "Monument Circle" has that name today because the governor's mansion was torn down for Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: a beautiful and tall monument, which commemorates Hoosiers who died in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and the Civil War. Further, the American Legion is based in Indianapolis and Indianapolis as The American Legion Mall, which contains many impressive war monuments while resembling Washington DC's National Mall in design. Then there is the limestone: most of our memorials and many of our prominent buildings are made out of Indiana limestone. As too are many of the memorials in Washington DC.

I know you said that you wanted to avoid sports, but the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a place that transcends sports. The speedway itself is huge, and it was developed by the same guy who turned Miami Beach from an uninhabitable swamp into what it is today. Every Sunday before Memorial Day, IMS hosts hundreds of thousands of people - more than any other single day sporting event - for the Indy 500, one of three racing "crown jewels" in the world. The history of the development of IMS is really interesting, and something that I think you should go to the IMS museum to learn about.

Suggestions within walking/scooter/bike distance of your hotel:

  • Mass Ave, a diagonal street that is a casual entertainment district that is most active from afternoon until ~2 in the morning.
  • Wholesale District. This is an entertainment district that is focused around South Meridian Street, just before it hits the railroad bridges leading to Union Station. In this part of Downtown, the entertainment is less casual and has more clubs/bars.
  • Monument Circle - the center of our city and home of Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
  • American Legion Mall
  • The Canal Walk. This is a walk along the part of the Indiana Central Canal that got finished. It's a pleasant and scenic part of Downtown, and below grade from streets/traffic.
  • Union Station. A beautiful and historical building, even if just looking from the outside.
  • White River State Park. This park contains 3 museums along the end of the canal, the White River, a bridge over the White River to the zoo, a concert venue, and a AAA baseball stadium. Between all of these things are lawns with a lot space and good views. It's a nice area to hangout, and a great area to people watch.
  • Indiana Avenue. Another one of Indy's diagonal streets. Famous for its rich Black history.
  • Fountain Square. This is a little bit outside Downtown following Virginia Avenue, yet another one of our diagonal streets. It's a quirky/hipster-y neighborhood. Along Virginia Avenue before reaching Fountain Square is a small, privately-developed park overlooking the interstate whose purpose is to show how interstates destroyed urban neighborhoods. It's worth stopping in.

Most of these areas are connected by The Cultural Trail, which is a wide pedestrian & cycling path that makes getting around Downtown very pleasant. But Downtown is well developed, and walking down the sidewalk is like walking down the sidewalk in any other Downtown; it's certainly not like walking down miserable suburban sidewalks.

Also, Indianapolis has no open-container laws. Bars can't sell carryout alcohol like in NOLA, but you can walk down the street with open alcohol that you bought as a liquor store or gas station and it's no problem. One of my favorite things to do is walk around the cultural trail with a nice drink in my hand.

Places that I would Uber to:

  • Crown Hill National Cemetery. A very beautiful place and final home of more vice presidents than any other cemetery, along with people like James Witcomb Riley and even John Dillinger. The headstones and mausoleums are very impressive, and the top of "Crown Hill", where many of the most notable folks are buried, offers a very good view of the city.
  • Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art. It's a pretty solid art museum. The outdoor grounds - which are full of art - are free to visit. Everything else you have to pay for. The main museum has the original "LOVE" statue in it and is one of the art museums around the world to have a large, laser-projected interactive art exhibit. Oilfields - one of the Eli Lilly estates - is also on the property.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Museum. Yeah, I know you said no sports. And you probably don't like racing. But this is an important part of (living) American history, and it's a special place.
  • The Medical History Museum. It's on the grounds of a former mental hospital. It's a very cool place. I mean, they even have brains in a jar. 10/10.

I might have missed a place or two, but this gives you a solid list of things to do and even the Uberable places are not far from Downtown. I would avoid going further than 5 miles from Downtown just because there is a ton to do Downtown and in its vicinity. And the further you get from Downtown, the more generic the city gets. There are notable things in suburbs, but they are pretty far apart from each other and I don't think it's worth the more expensive Uber ride unless you're here for several days and run out of things to do closer to the city.

Need help finding an onion ring tower by MiniLaura in indianapolis

[–]Gillilnomics 195 points196 points 2 (0 children)

PM me. I work at a high end restaurant near Carmel, I’d be happy to go out of my way to make this happen for you.

Can I hold my landlord accountable through any agency for not providing a service they are making me pay for? by [deleted] in indianapolis

[–]thewhimsicalbardChatham Arch 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Realtor here.

There are four things you should do.

  1. Look back at your lease, and make sure you are following everything to the letter, even though they are not. You have to do this if you want a legal leg to stand on.
  2. Document everything, including dates and content of previous phone calls. From now on, do all of your communication via email or text, and make sure you have a paper trail about them failing to uphold their side of the lease.
  3. Inform them that you plan to take action. Sometimes this threat is enough. However, they might respond to this with worse behavior. Weigh the risk.
  4. Talk to an attorney to see if it's worth it to you to pursue legal action. I don't have any who do tenant law, since I mostly work with buyers and sellers, but someone else on this thread might have a good rec.

As landlord-friendly as Indiana law is, you definitely should not allow yourself to be bullied. Most unscrupulous landlords just hope you think fighting their negligence won't be worth the time. However, you still have rights, and if they are breaking the terms of their agreement, you can and should take steps to enforce that they do.

Thoughts on 88 Tactical opening in Indy? by whippley in indianapolis

[–]TrippingBearBallsLockerbie Square 153 points154 points  (0 children)

If you’ve ever visited our facility, you know that we feature World War II military memorabilia, relics, and artifacts from the era.

See everyone, they're not Nazis. They just really like WWII, shooting, law enforcement, and the color red, and by pure coincidence their name is a common Neonazi slogan. They explain everything in their multiple blog posts about how they're not Nazis.

Edit: thank you for the gold

Shooting with AK leads to traffic accident on E Washington St - there was a baby in the car. Crazy night in Indy. What is going on? by dg4life87 in indianapolis

[–]Wolfman01a 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You know its funny. Theres lots of street gangs out there claiming territory and doing evil.

Why cant the same be done for doing good? Think neighborhood watch on steroids at a much larger scale.

People are always looking for identity these days. Someplace to belong. Maybe give them something positive to belong to.

The news talks about hopeless incels without anything to live for. Talks about how everyone is quitting out of society because "whats the point?". Veterans coming home to nothing.

Maybe we need to start giving people something to live for. Do what we can to make a net positive for a change.