Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mayor Henry

Heard a rumor that this will be Mayor Henry's last term as he wants to move on and do something else. Opens up the mayoral race for another shot by either Jane Adams or Nathan Colombo.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

J. C. Penny's

J. C. Penny's announced it would close 6 stores and a call center today. I was worried, after the Pier One and Macy's announcements, that Carbondale would be on the list. None in the state of Illinois though. Incidentally, J.C. Penny's was the first store to move into University Mall when it opened decades ago.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Town Square Lights

I see the city has left the lights up around the light poles on the Town Square, even after the rest of the Christmas decor has come down. Here's hoping the plan is to leave them up year round as they certainly brighten up the Square at night.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Downtown Parking

One thing businesses could do to provide free parking for their employees is to contact the local churches, of which there are several in the downtown area. Since most churches hold services on Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon, and maybe Saturday night, there is a lot of empty parking sitting there during the rest of the week. Reaching out and asking the church if it would be OK for employees to park there during the times the church does not need the lot for parking for parishioners would help the employees and employees and not burden the churches any. Of course, if you run a business at the south end of Illinois would still have a walk of several blocks but apparently that is better than paying for parking.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

And Then There Was One

Looks as if Vape, Inc, which was located in Eastgate Shopping Center, has closed down or moved, leaving only one vape shop, of which I know, in Carbondale. At their peak, abut 3-4 years ago, Carbondale boasted half a dozen vape shops, 2 in downtown, Vape Inc. in East Gate, 618 Vape on East Grand and two on the west side. Now, only 618 Vape remains.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Main Street Laundry

Main Street Laundromat, which has been a fixture on East Main since I came to Carbondale in 1990, has shuttered its doors. The lights are out and there are "For Sale" signs posed on the doors.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Position Open

The position of Executive Director for Keep Carbondale Beautiful will open up soon. It is a part time position requiring about 20 hours of committment per week and pays, I believe, $950 per month or around $11 per hour. Any applicant would need good organizational ability and a strong interest in Carbondale and environmental issues.