Friday, January 23, 2015

Fire at Old Drover's Junction

The Old Drover's Junction building, which has stood for a number of years at the intersection of 127 and 146 east of Anna/Jonesboro burned today. Still smoldering late this afternoon when I shot this photo. No idea what caused it but certainly does not look like a controlled burn.

Furlough Wages Repaid

Another legacy of the Rita Cheng era, SIUC's board voted yesterday not to appeal the ruling that the university bargained in bad faith with employees and will repay the $1.7 million it owes employees that it furloughed in violation of the contract with them.

Probably a good move, given the amount mounting an appeal would cost that this makes 0-2 in decisions against the university,this time by an unanimous decision from the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. No need to spend more money and make it 0-3.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Domino's Ribbon Cutting

New location for Domino's Pizza on East Grand with a ribbon cutting today at 11:30. I bet there will be free pizza:

Ribbon Cutting for Domino's Pizza

Name: Ribbon Cutting for Domino's Pizza
Date: January 21, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Event Description:
Help us celebrate the new location of Domino's Pizza with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Domino's Pizza
887 E. Grand Ave.
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Caught a presentation on the Jackson County CEO program for the local high school today and one of the things the presenter, Curtis Baird, mentioned in passing is something I have commented on at one time or another:  the lack of high quality clothing stores in Carbondale.

There are plenty of places to buy clothing in Carbondale, ranging from Goodwill to Wal-mart to Kohls to Macy's but if you want really high quality material, you have to got to St. Louis or shop online. Same thing if you want a high quality business suit. I have had people tell me they don't buy any clothes in Carbondale.

Of course, opening up an independent clothing (or shoe) store here had probabilities stacked against it. First, people already think of the chains first when they think about clothes shopping, ergo an independent store would have to try to capture mind share from the already dominant section.

Second, the market in Carbondale is very limited for an independent clothing store. Most of the people living in Carbondale are quite happy with the selection of clothing offered by the chains and the number of people who would patronize a higher end store is quite limited.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Downtown Signage

I was walking up Illinois Avenue and noticed again how poorly designed for current traffic most of the signs along the street are. The majority of them lie flat against the building front, meaning that a potential customer does not see them until they are almost directly in front of the sign. 

This is fine for foot traffic since pedestrians have plenty of time to alter their movement once they see a sign. However automobiles are another matter altogether since the driver only had a couple of seconds to react once they see a sign. Having the sign flush against the building means that the driver is almost right in front of it before seeing it. Using brackets to stick the sign out from the side of the building may increase sign clutter in downtown but also would give the store greater visibility to automotive traffic.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Police Video

This video of a member of the Carbondale Police Department sleeping in his official car in St. Francis Xavier's parking lot has been shared over 500 times on Facebook as of about 9 p.m. tonight. I saw the car parked in the lot as I was leaving a meeting at the church this morning. Though he was just monitoring traffic on S. Poplar though.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hair Care Central

After noticing that VIP Barbers would open soon in the recently vacated Illusions space, I started thinking about the number of hair care establishments in downtown Carbondale. By my count, we have about 12. Since we have just under 30 restaurants in the downtown area, we have just over one hair care salon for every 3 restaurants in downtown. That's an awful lot of places to get your hair cut or styled.