Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Whether His Town Is The Wrong Size

Jul 26, 2018

Is 16,000 residents precisely the incorrect size to get the benefits of a small town but miss out on the pleasures of a big one?
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Cities of all sizes have their issues. Large burgs like Indianapolis often have high rates of poverty and homelessness and often not enough services to help those in need. Small municipalities frequently don’t look like inviting places to invest, so they frequently are happy if they’re keeping the lights on and not losing residents.

But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a question from a listener causes us to ponder this question: is the city of Crawfordsville’s population – about 16,000 people – exactly the wrong size? That’s one of our queries for Mayor Todd Barton.

Also on this week’s show, Montgomery County schools are among the many in Indiana getting free handheld metal detectors through a state grant. But are they actually going to be able to keep kids safer if they’re not used to wand everyone who tries to enter a school each day?