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The Levinson (Update)

I wanted to alert you to the City Council meeting on Tuesday Dec. 18. On the agenda are revised plans for the Levinson, that huge apartment building planned for downtown Noblesville.

You ‘ll recall the developer brought it before the council a few months ago. They OK’d it but a number of residents and local organizations including the Preservation Alliance, asked if they could contribute their advice on the design because it didn’t seem to fit into downtown very well.    

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Elf on the Square

Elf on the Square

The Mike Corbett for Mayor campaign is launching a promotion to help drive holiday traffic to the courthouse square.

“This was originally conceived as a response to the city’s decision to move the Santa House,” said Corbett. Last week the city reversed course after realizing it didn’t have the authority to move the house, which has been a holiday tradition for several generations.
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Corbett Sets The Tone For Mayoral Campaign

Corbett Sets The Tone For Mayoral Campaign

The below is the speech given by Mike Corbett at his Campaign Kick-Off Rally.

This is a crucial time for the City of Noblesville. Events over the past four years have revealed a disconnect between the people and our leaders and its time to correct that.

At the same time, development that has the potential to change the face of our city is knocking at the door. We’re lucky it’s happening now. We have examples of modern development happening just down the road.

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They Just Don’t Get It

They Just Don’t Get It

Ours is not a battle pitting old things against new things. The battle is for inclusion and respect but it’s not just “old folks” who are crying out. It’s people of all ages and experiences. They aren’t upset by change, they are upset by being continually ignored and pushed aside.

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Transportation Diversity

Transportation is changing. For the past 100 years or so we’ve been building our cities to accommodate cars as they have opened up new areas for development and allowed people to travel farther and more comfortably than ever before. But once we designed our stores, houses, parks, schools, libraries and other public places for cars we realized we lost something: the human scale that facilitates social interaction and gives a community its character.

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Citizen Engagement

Good governance requires active participation by citizens. You know what active participation looks like: people show up for public meetings, they let their elected officials know what they think, and they express themselves at the voting booth on election day.
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Economic Development

Economic Development

It’s important to recruit new businesses to add to our tax base and give our residents employment opportunities. And I recognize that city governments have become players in the economic development game. Public-private partnerships are the way things get done these days. My problem is with the way we are managing these partnerships. I don’t think we’re getting the best bang for our buck.

Here’s what I mean…
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The Nickel Plate Railroad

The Nickel Plate Railroad

Noblesville recently partnered with Fishers and the county on a plan to take out the Nickel Plate Railroad tracks and turn the right of way into a trail. I love trails. In fact I have advocated for them in my past two elections, even to the extent that I included an image of a bike on my campaign signs in the last election. We need more trails going to more places in Noblesville for a number of reasons. It would help relieve traffic congestion, improve the health of our citizens, improve the look of the city and add to our quality of life. Yes, trails are great, but it is a HUGE mistake to tear out the Nickel Plate tracks to create a trail. Here’s why.

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