Thursday, May 24, 2018

Incentive Areas

Carbondale city government announced the governor has approved 3 low income incentive areas for the city.  Nice to have but doubt if they will have much effect. From what I have read, and others with more experience are certainly welcome to chime in, TIF and similar tax reduction districts do little to actually attract business into a low income area 

Monday, May 21, 2018


The second phase of the S. Illinois Ave. streetscape project is scheduled to start this Tuesday with completion scheduled for August 10. This phase of the project will work on the blocks of S. Illinois between West Cherry (just south of the Varsity Theater) to West Monroe (north side of the Civic Center).  No eclipse this year to drive the deadline but there is a substantial non-completion penalty if substantially all of the project is not finished by the 10th.

Friday, May 18, 2018

South End

With 710 Bookstore moving over on East Grand, that leaves quite a few empty spaces at the south end of the Strip. The set of shops above Trax is empty, the strip where Printing Plant used to be is half empty and now the block at the south end is half empty as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Water Supply

One of the benefits of the city having its own water supply is that we don't rely on Rend Lake like many of the surrounding communities do. If you remember, there was quite a bit of controversy over Mayor Cole's proposal to privatize the city water system  during his administration. From the city:

 Carbondale residents are not impacted by the recent water main break at the Rend Lake Conservancy District.

If residents in surrounding communities are in need of water, the City has a bulk fill station at the Water Treatment Plant, located at 2401 S. McLafferty Road.

If you have questions or would like more information about the bulk fill station, call the City of Carbondale Water Treatment Plant at (618) 457-3241 or the 24-hour hotline at (618) 529-1731.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Casper Passes Away

In case you missed it, the Bookworm's cat, Casper, passed away just days after the store closed this past weekend. According to the post on Facebook, Casper had appeared in the store parking lot about 15 years ago and soon settled into his position as the store mascot.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


On the heels of the departing hair salon on West Main, it looks as if there is a Screenprinting shop opening in the empty space next door. Used to be a tattoo parlor if I recall correctly.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hair Salon Gone

The little hair salon that opened up in the 100 block of west Walnut, behind Phoenix Cycle, has shut down and cleared out the space. It wasn't there long enough for me to even notice what the name of the place was. Saw it open a few times but not consistently. Hopefully, the owners found a different location at which to open.