City Council Votes to Impose Historic Protection on Cal Johnson Building

City Council meetings sometimes provide a bit of drama and such was the case last night when it considered placing the Cal Johnson Building under historic zoning or H1 protection. Essentially, this means it cannot be easily demolished by current or future owners. It also typically means that redevelopment must follow sometimes difficult and involved […]

There’s Nowhere To Park Downtown! (Not) City Announces Parking Changes

It’s the only topic guaranteed to be discussed in every city the rest of our lifetimes and beyond. Generations of us have lived in suburbs where the parking expectation is that we park in front of the door we expect to enter. The only garage we want to encounter holds each of our three cars […]

Walnut Street Garage Takes Shape: What Do You Think?

It’s massive, it’s changed our skyline and it will hold many, many cars. Over a thousand of them. So far, there’s not much to disagree with. It’s all true. That’s where opinions diverge. I’ve made it clear before that I question whether we need so many parking garages and, more particularly, whether they all need […]

What is the Vision for the Jackson Corridor?

That was the question on the table(s) last night as about seventy-five people gathered at the city’s invitation to discuss the topic. Rick Emmett and Bill Lyons provided an introduction to the night’s activity-based program and gave instructions to those seated the various tables. The task, we were told, was to “inform the process” of […]

McClung Warehouse Fire A Setback to Downtown Redevelopment

I drove home from Relix Theater about 1:00 AM Saturday morning. My path took me over the Broadway viaduct directly past the McClung Warehouses. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but when I walked into our home Urban Woman said she smelled smoke. I told her Relix is non-smoking, but she said it […]