In 1912, Lester Wire invented the first American traffic signal in Salt Lake City, Utah, and driving hasn’t been the same since. In the 1950s, they even invented the interstate highway system just to get away from the cursed devices.
Traffic signals are a large part of why I hate driving. And now that [...]
“God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.”
– Mark Twain
(Hat tip: Mom)
During a presentation about the Public Building Commission at tonight’s City Council meeting, it was revealed that Senator Shadid advised the Governor to approve SB2477, a bill he had previously asked the Governor not to sign pending public input on the site of District 150′s new school building.
“Senate Bill 2477 would allow the [...]
I just love irony.
A mere four years ago, the city, then led by former mayor Dave Ransburg, brought in Andres Duany to come with a plan to revitalize the Heart of Peoria. Duany’s company, DPZ, came to town and got a lot of public input through the charrette process. What did the public [...]
Not long ago there was a lot of optimism regarding Renaissance Park, formerly known as the Med-Tech District. Work is still progressing on the PeoriaNEXT Innovation Center, but the next big project that was supposed to land on West Main street has gone south — to Southtown, that is.
A joint venture that includes [...]
Q: What does the Journal Star and Vonster have in common?
A: They don’t allow comments on their websites.
Oh, sure, you can e-mail them, and they may or may not choose to publish your response. But their interactivity is limited to a more traditional “we’ll talk to you publicly, and you can talk [...]
First there was the Civic Center expansion. Then there was the Peoria Museum and Cat Visitor Center.
Next it will be the new District 150 schools.
What am I talking about? Exceptions to the Heart of Peoria Plan, Peoria’s attempt at New Urbanism.
The City’s Efforts
The city has been working hard to develop [...]
Just weeks after Karen McCarron suffocated her 3-year-old autistic daughter, a Pekin mother is accused of trying to kill her 4-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy.
It’s almost impossible to understand what could drive a mother to kill her own child, but there’s an interesting article from a 2002 issue of Slate magazine [...]
So, what do we make of Monday’s school board meeting?
The long and the short of it is that the school board is really not interested in working out a compromise with the city. This moratorium on property acquisition and meetings with Ray LaHood and the city has all been a farce and a [...]
District 150 school board members made it very clear at Monday’s board meeting that they are not willing to accept less than 15 acres for a new school site. “15 acres is the minimum in terms of the school site for our children,” Superintendent Ken Hinton said at the meeting. All the other board [...]