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It’s always frustrating when looking for a parking spot on a crowded street to notice that one more might have been available had another driver not taken up more than their fair share of space.

The City of Lafayette is trying to combat this road rage-inducing phenomenon with $20 fines for poor parkers. But the move, which is designed to make better use of Lafayette’s limited downtown parking, might have some unintended consequences.

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski’s says his city’s crime ebbed in 2016.

During his annual State of the City address Monday night, Roswarski said crime fell 11 percent, year-over-year. He says property crimes are down 9 percent and violent crimes are down 20 percent, despite an increasing number of robberies.

Roswarski says he’d like to see more addiction and mental health services to help address the city’s drug problem – that’s even though he has opposed hosting a needle exchange program at a storefront location in his city.

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The lead architect of Tippecanoe County’s proposed needle exchange program says he hopes to work through multiple problems simultaneously in 2017.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler admits he’ll have to find a way to pay for the program and secure the blessing of Lafayette’s mayor and police chief at the same time.

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It’s been a week Democrats in Tippecanoe County and around the state would like to forget.

But pundits say there’s not much of a left-leaning pipeline of young candidates being groomed to run in future elections.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask one prominent Democrat – Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – whether he sees a coming generation of politicos in his party or whether more disappointment is in store.

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Several Indiana cities -- including Hobert, Muncie and Lafayette -- that had expected to earn revenue from advertising appearing on city-owned trash cans have seen those deals put on hold.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says he’s ready to sever an agreement with National Cart Marketing, which had promised to pay half-a-dozen Indiana cities for the privilege of putting advertising on trash can lids.

“Probably by January if I don’t see that they’ve got it straightened out, I’ll just cancel the contract with them,” Roswarski says.

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Earlier this week, the Lafayette City Council passed a controversial ordinance amendment offering additional protections to transgender residents.

But should the discussion have been allowed to go as far as it did?

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The discussion about how to replace Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium began in earnest this week with a debate between citizens over prospective design plans.

The City of Lafayette has partnered with design firm American Structurepoint and wants to have the replacement space finished by 2019.

One big topic of debate at a Tuesday night forum at Lafayette’s Jefferson High School was the possibility of turning the new stadium around to face a different direction.

Lafayette Could See Riverfront Promenade Completed By 2017

Aug 19, 2016
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One piece of a community-wide dream to develop public space along the Wabash River is close to becoming a reality in Lafayette, thanks largely to private donors. 

If the promenade project stays on track, pedestrians could be strolling along the riverfront promenade in the fall of 2017. 

The city has advertised for subcontractors to bid on the construction of the promenade, a public walkway that will start at Riehle plaza on its north end and stretch south to the South Street and Columbia Street bridges. 

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Much has already been written about Lafayette revamping its downtown Main Street this year – a project aimed at beautification and at luring more business to the area.

But this week on Ask The Mayor, we find out whether certain business owners are getting more bang for their buck than others are the new amenities are installed.

Also on this week's show: Amtrak officials are in Lafayette today to talk about improvements to the Hoosier State line.

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A law signed by Governor Pence this week allows police greater flexibility in patrolling apartment complexes. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has a few on his list he’d like to see watched more closely, so today on Ask The Mayor, we’ll ask if the new law addresses a specific concern in his city as it tried to bring down some worrisome crime statistics.

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