Community shares ideas at Broad Ripple Village Association forum

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Broad Ripple Village Association organized a forum on Wednesday for people to share ideas on how to make the area more safe.

Some changes have already been made, such as shutting down Broad Ripple Avenue late at night on weekends to only police and taxis, and additional surveillance cameras.

People gathered to give their ideas at the forum at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

“I think that people need to have a different perception of what Broad Ripple is,”  Joe Cominsky said.

“The only bad idea, tonight, is the one that’s not shared,” Justin McKeand, president of the Broad Ripple Village Association, said.

Leaders of the BRVA presented problems such as “violence” or “gang activity” and then asked their guests to write and post their suggestions for how they might solve those problems.

The guests voted by putting little red stickers on their favorite ideas.

“In the past, it used to be about entertainment and live music and dining and many different things. Now it just seems to be one big bad party,” Cominsky said.

The head of the BRVA says where there’s been crime in the area, it has tarnished the reputation of the village, harmed its ability to do business and its overall quality of life.

“I wouldn’t say the culture needs to change, but I would say there needs to be a tone that’s set,” Adrianne Slash said. “Part of being safe means to have some rules and regulations in order because without rules there will be chaos.”

BRVA leaders say they will try to enact the top ideas they learned at the forum as soon as possible.

The president of the association says hardly any idea is free. Therefore, fundraising was also part of the discussion. On Friday, The Vogue will host a “Stop The Violence” night, raising money for the Indy Public Safety Foundation. It’s $10 to get in at the door.

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