Will City’s Bicentennial Planning Effort Include Or Exclude Black Residents. Amos Asks For Answers

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indy 2020 logoThe City of Indianapolis is asking for the participation of residents to help the City revise and improve it’s plans for zoning, quality of life, neighborhood priorities and more in a planning process designed to reflect Indianapolis/Marion County in the Year 2020, which will be the 200th Anniversary or Bicentennial of the City.  Called Plan2020, the effort involves five distinct areas where Indy residents will be asked to contribute thoughts and ideas.  The areas are: Choose Indy - an effort to get current residents to appreciate the value of the city/county and also to encourage individuals living outside the city/county to move here.

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Attorney Jimmy McMillan, Plan2020 Co-Chair

Connect Indy - Deals not just with public transportation issues, but also vaguely talks about the free flow of information amongst the city/county. Love Indy - Wants to have a city that welcomes, engages, and inspires, building upon its heritage and supporting a diversity of people, authentic places, and experiences. Work Indy - Is developing more and better employment opportunities for Indy residents and improving the educational options needed. Serve Indy - Builds upon Indianapolis’ unique spirit of volunteerism and servant leadership for the 21st Century.

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GIPC Chair Murray Clark

But there has been criticism of Plan 2020 and how responsive they will be to input from an African-American community that will be 30% of the city/county’s population by 2020.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, African-American attorney Jimmie McMillian was joined by Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) Chair Murray Clark to explain Plan2020 and why the Black community should be involved.  Click the Link to Find Out More About Plan 2020.  www.plan2020.com   Click the Media Player to hear Afternoons with Amos Interview With the Folks from Plan 2020. Runs 41 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.

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