It looks like Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson is going down in defeat tonight. We can talk ad nauseam about how high the local property taxes are (I sold my house this summer because of insanely high taxes), yet I come not to bury Bart Peterson, but to praise him.
In college at Indiana I wrote a business school paper about the fight for a new Colts stadium. At the time, Jim Irsay said he wasn't sure it was a good idea, perhaps implying that the market was just too small to support a team. Bart Peterson was among a small group of civic leaders who had the foresight to realize that if the city lost the Colts it would undo a large chunk of the progress the city has made in the past twenty years. Peterson made it his personal mission to make sure the team stayed. I voted for him in the last election based only on his positive stance towards the Colts. Yes, I'm that kind of crazy.
I want to say thanks to Bart Peterson. He is right up there with the honorable Bill Hudnut, as far as I'm concerned. Mayor Hudnut was the mayor who brought us the Indianapolis Colts. Bart Peterson was the Mayor who helped to save them.