Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Tully Series On The Phoenix Sputters To An End
What promised on Sunday to be one of the best feature stories the Star has run in quite some time sputtered to a halt with a simple conclusion: The Phoenix is a lost cause. The only quote I see in the story from a member of the mayor's staff is this quip from Carl Clark, a neighborhood liaison in the mayor's office as he and Tully drove out of the complex one day: "You just left Indy's Fallujah." In the first day of reporting, there was an interview with former Mayor Steve Goldsmith (R) who readily admitted the Phoenix had been the "grandest failure" of his administration. But at least he tried. There's not one scintilla of evidence from Tully's reporting that the Peterson administration or other Democrats who've been in charge of this city for the past 8 years have done anything to clean up this place. Yes, new-comer Sen. Jean Breaux (D) is talking to Tully about changes she wants to bring about. But where is Mayor Peterson, Rep. Julia Carson, CCC President Monroe Gray, Jean Breaux's mother, Billie, who represented the district before becoming Marion Co. Auditor, and all the rest of the people in charge of this city? Sadly, the Star didn't want to risk offending any of them by asking them a few simple questions about the Phoenix.