Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SR 45/46 Bypass Construction


Since many of our neighbors are interested in this topic, I will try to post updates about construction here. Please check back regularly to see what is going on. Rather than have many, many emails on the list, this is a location where folks can discuss via comments issues pertaining to construction. (To discuss this topic on the website, please request an account if you haven't already. Please provide enough information (eg. address) so we can verify that you are a legitimate user as opposed to a spammer.)
* There is a Facebook group Bloomington Residents Opposed to the Bypass Project at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=109141005676
* An email list has been created to help coordinate neighborhood activities regarding widening of Bypass. If you are interested in joining the email list, let me know and I will forward your information to the list owner.
* Also, Greg Alexander has started a blog to discuss issues pertaining to the Bypass project. It is a public blog.
* Recent activity on the email list has centered around discussions about an honorary name for the Bypass (Herman B. Wells Boulevard seems to be popular) and creating anti-Bypass widening bumper stickers.
I highly recommend that anyone who wants to keep up join the email list.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ways to keep up with information


As noted in the comments, there are an email list and a Facebook page. Also, Greg Alexander has started a blog to discuss issues pertaining to the Bypass project.
The blog is at http://b-top.org/blog/
It is a public blog.
Also, the group opposed to Bypass widening is working on bumper stickers.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 Ice Cream Social


Most treasured Neighbor, you are cordially invited to this year’s
Grandview Hills Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
This Sunday, August 16th, 2009, at 2pm
At the home of Gillian Field
This year the Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association has received a grant from HAND ( Bloomington City Housing and Neighborhood Development Dept) to fund this gathering! Everyone is welcome to chat and enjoy ice-cream.
Please bring your own bowl and spoon.
Drinks will be provided.
If you would like to bring your favorite sweet treats they will be most welcomeJ. So will balls, Frisbees and jump ropes!
Friendly bulb and plant swapping will be encouraged amongst gardeners and beginners.
Funding provided in part through the City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

reading list (Bypass)


From Lucille Bertuccio:
Here's a reading list for people who would like to be informed about this issue:
Better NOT Bigger: How to take control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community, by Eben Fodor. Eben came to Bloomington in 2007? - his idea is that growth is not a good thing and that the growth promoted by our governments can lead to our community becoming scarred and saddled with high costs. He talks about transportation and growth issues.
Geography or Nowhere and Home from Nowhere two by Howard Kunstler. He also visited Bloomington in 2006? His ideas are making cities walkable, the "new urbanist idea. His third book is the Long Emergency and in it he discusses Peak Oil and the problems it would cause in the area of transportation of people and resources.
City Form and Function by Michael Hough - is a wonderful book about how cities function as ecosystems and how we ought to keep them functioning this way. He talks about unclaimed land - those weedy places people would like to destroy as being places for wildlife - some info about walkability and transportation. I have often thought of giving our planning department a copy (if only they would read it).
Lucille

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bid letting date


Per an email from Jane Spearman:
As per the INDOT website, the letting dates for the projects comprising the bypass expansion have been moved to October 7, 2009 (they were previously listed as 8/12/09). You check it out at this linkhttp://www.in.gov/indot/div/lettings/18MonthsConstLettingDetails_Ext.pdf (page 19 of the document).

Monday, August 3, 2009

New commentary regarding Bypass 8/3/09


What a great opportunity to have long-term impact on the growth of our beloved communities. If it's done right, Bloomington could end up as one of those "ideal cities" in terms of connectivity AND environment. If it's done poorly, we'll end up like other smog-filled, car-friendly cities--with an emaciated downtown, and a characterless mall as the traffic-jammed gateway to that end of Bloomington. I vote for a focus on mass transportation, ped and bike safety. Encouraging businesses we have--local first and otherwise second, along with the greenspace to support it.
I'd like to envision a desirable entryway for 46. Who knows examples of what we might have along this main artery into town? Is it on the web? WHat experts should we be talking to? WHat experts should our City be talking to?
Cynthia Bretheim
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Some neighborhoods (apparently starting with Green Acres) are organizing around opposition to the bypass widening. Figure you all might be interested.
The bypass widening would be traumatic to Green Acres (which is literally right next door), but it will affect every neighborhood in some way. To some of us it may seem good at first, as traffic will bypass our neighborhoods in the center of the city. But over time the impact will be much different as money flows away from the center of
town and into the suburbs. Our property values and more importantly our quality of life may be severely diminished. Nevermind the added headache of getting to all the stores that will invariably open alongside the new bypass, competing with our downtown favorites. Plus it will add more incentives for students to think of IU as a "commuter campus," which means more parked cars in our neighborhoods near campus, and more student drivers on our streets. Even I can remember the days when students considered a car to be optional -- this is yet another step away from those days.
Thanks!
- Greg Alexander
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Dear Neighborly folks,
This just in from Sarah Ryterbrand:
Tom Morrison is the new VP for capital project and facilities. He is Lynn Coyne's boss and could temper Coyne's contempt for the public.
Lynn Coyne is the Real Estate manager for IUB. He was the one at the MPO-PC meeting who was so annoyed that the public couldn't hear him and that he had to move himself closer to the microphone. He was the member who wanted to know where we have been all these years and whose final remark was "in my opinion the Bypass is one of the most backed projects in the City of Bloomington.”
A friend of Sarah's accesses Tom this way: Its not going to be the same-old same-old. He asks good questions, he is going to be more engaged; he wants to know and understand what he is inheriting. Change will be slow but I think inevitable.
Ann Kreilkamp
Green Acres