Saturday, April 25, 2015

Murdale Farmer's Market

Stopped by the Murdale Farmer's Market this morning and while things were hopping, I was surprised to find a few empty spaces there. Maybe still too early for some of their vendors to have anything to sell yet but still, the Market is normally cheek to jowl with seller booths.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Downtown Parking

I really wish city council would work on downtown parking ordinances and change the ordinances and signage to bring them into line with actual enforcement. The signs read "Meters Enforced Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m." but the city has no one out checking parking on Saturday and has not done so for so long that residents would complain loudly should the city start enforcing Saturday parking.

If the city wants to bring business downtown, charging parking fees on Saturday is not the way to do it and starting to enforce them after neglecting it for so long would only irritate people. Council needs to change the ordinance and then change the signage.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amtrak

Gov. Rauner's proposed budget would cut state subsidies to Amtrak by about 40%, meaning routes are on the chopping block. I doubt the City of New Orleans would get cut but one of the two routes stopping in Carbondale would likely go away, making it just a bit harder to funnel students from upstate to SIUC and Carbondale. Given the current attendance at the university, we don't need anything making it harder for students to attend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quick Oil Change Service

Looks as if a Valvoline Quick Oil Change Service has opened up in the long closed Johnny B's Quick Oil Change building on the west side of town. Good thing as the only thing the building was really suitable for was a quick oil change service.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Labyrinth Rededication

The Labyrinth Peace Park Restoration Group will have a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for the Labyrinth Peace Park next Thursday, April 23 at noon.  The Group has erected an open geodesic dome over the labyrinth which sits next to Gaia House at 913 S. Illinois Ave.

The Labyrinth is a unique feature of downtown Carbondale and it is a shame that it doesn't get more attention from the community. Though downtown, it is located at the far south end of the Strip, away from most foot traffic and is somewhat hidden on the grounds of Gaia House. Hopefully the new dome will make it more visable.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Students Protest Against Rauner

2000+ students have signed a petition asking the university to replace Governor Bruce Rauner as graduation speaker, which is likely a fool's errand given the request comes only a few weeks before the scheduled speech, meaning the University would have to find a replacement speaker in a hurry.

Rauner is, like it or not, the chief executive of the state of Illinois for the next four years and therefore the ultimate head of the university system. This area and, Illinois outside of Chicago and the Metro-east St. Louis region, voted for him. That means that much of the state wanted to put him in charge. I do have to wonder how many of those who clicked on the Change. org petition actually voted in the gubernatorial election. Going out to your polling place and casting a vote takes much more time and effort than clicking on a link on a website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the new Heartland Women's Healthcare Center on April 16 at 11 a.m. For those looking for lunch, food will be served