Wednesday, June 29, 2022

jackson county Business Resouce meet Up

 Not sure who "we" are but this takes place tomorrow at the Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center from 9:30 to 11. Apparently a presentation on local services available to local buisnesses.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Primary election

 Stopped in at my polling place this morning around 10 a.m. Had meant to vote earlier but kept putting it off. No one in line when I got there and poll workers said about 20 people had been in before I arrived.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sewer Lines

 Clearwave has a contract from the city to install underground fiberoptic cable and are currently doing soin the Northwest part of the city. Appears there have been some problems with sewer lines and water mains getting cut into during the installation. One family reported their basement flooded with sewage after a line cut while another had to boil water after a water main got severed

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Certificate of Appropriateness

 Sat in on a meeting of the Certificate of Appropriateness subcommittee of the Presearvation Commission, regarding the 5 proposed murals for downtown.  From what I understand, the Certificate of Appropriateness subcommittee determines if a building to which someone wants to make a change, such as painting a mural on it, is historically significant and, if the change is appropriate for the building.

In the case of the 5 building selected for the mural project, only the Varsity Theater and Julia Building fall into the historically significant category and the section of the Varsity for which the mural is proposed is of more recent brick so does not fall under the subcommittee's purview. That leaves the Julia Building, which the subcommittee determined did fall into the subcommittee's jurisdiction, so to speak. However, due to the type of rough brick from which the Julia Building is constructed, the committee determined it would be very difficult to paint a mural on it and, I think, decided to recommned that panels be affixed to the building and a mural painted on them. 

The subcommittee has no say as to whether murals are painted or not and I am not sure what happens if it fails to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness for a project.

Monday, June 20, 2022


 Here is a link to the proposed murals for placement in downtown Carbondale. Voting closes on June 28 and plans currently are to have them finished sometime this fall. I am not a big fan of any of the choices as, save for the comedians of Carbondale,  they do not reflect anything particularly unique about the community. The trains are good, as Carbondale has its roots in the railroad but how about an acknowledgement as to why the trains came here? I know the coal industry is in decline today and for good reason, but the trains came here because of coal.

the only acknowledgement I see of Buckminister Fuller is the geodesic dome behind the two trains on one of the Varsity Centery murals. His thinking and concepts are broad enough that the man deserves an entire mural to himself. 

Why not a reference to Woodlawn Cemetary on the side of the Wallace Building? Some image that reflects the solemnity and history associated with Woodlawn.

I like the one featuring the fruits and vegetables proposed for the side of the Julia building but cannot tell if there is a callout in the image to the Carbondale Farmer's Market, which is one of the oldest farmers markets in the Midwest and which the AAA ranked as one of the top 5 in the Midwest.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Sound Core

Signs in the windows say that June 20 is the last day Sound Core Music will have a storefront at the South Illinois Location. No indication as to where they will move the business after that.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Keepers Quarters

 According to this Keeper's Quarters will close its door permanently on July 2. The article blames it on the epidemic but it seems that other restaurants in Carbondale have weathered it or shuttered their doors early on. I do know the restaurant seemed to have a problem keeping staff as they closed a few times just because they did not have the staffing available.