ELDER DISRESPECT CONTINUES! City, DPW Refuses To Talk Or Consider Safety Of Black Senior Citizens Living Near Indiana Avenue

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UPDATED WITH THE CITY’S REFUSAL TO MAKE ANY COMMENT! The City of Indianapolis and the Department of Public Works flatly refuses to even consider protecting the safety of scores of senior citizens and handicapped residents living on the westside of downtown.  The past couple of days, Afternoons with Amos has been trying to get answers as to why the safety of senior citizen and handicapped pedestrians aren’t being considered or protected by City and Department of Public Works officials.  A marked and lighted crosswalk is desperately  needed along West 10th Street in the IUPUI, Indiana Avenue areas; especially at the intersection of West 10th and Paca Street.  Videos showing the dangerous situation for pedestrians walking from the Indiana Avenue and Goodwin Plaza communities to the shopping Center along W 10th & W11th Streets between Indiana Avenue and MLK was shared last week on PraiseIndy.com.  In response to a request from Afternoons with Amos to explain what the City plans to do about this dangerous pedestrian situation, DPW Communications Director Stephanie Wilson, in an e-mail to Afternoons with Amos, flatly refused to appear on the program or to even attempt to explain to the community why the City and DPW is taking such an unconcerned attitude.  In her e-mail Wilson indicated that DPW had “(N)ot received any specific requests to accommodate people with disabilities at this location.” Wilson also said that the City and DPW “(H)ave a special process for that when those requests arise”, but refused to publicly say what that special process is.  Meanwhile seniors and the handicapped, along with able bodied residents of the area, including many students at IUPUI, routinely attempt to cross heavily traveled West 10th and 11th Streets, while the City and DPW does nothing to insure pedestrian safety.  Click the Video Above To See the Conditions.  Click the Media Player Below To Hear Monday’s Afternoons with Amos Commentary and Listeners on a Dangerous Situation the City Is Trying to Ignore. Runs 24 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.

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