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September 4, 2013

Primus Mootry: Observations on city pavement projects, anniversary march and Syria

Here are a few observations on a range of matters that may or may not be of interest to you. If it’s the latter, that’s fine with me. My wife tells me I preach too much, think too much, and that I am half crazy. As usual, she’s half right on all three scores. So here goes:

The Madison Avenue pavement project — kudos to Mayor Smith and city leaders for the Madison Avenue re-paving work. It’s a great boost to a section of our city that has long been neglected. I’m wondering what’s next. Nichol Avenue?

As most folk well know, Nichol Avenue is the central corridor from east to west, right through the heart of the city. The snaggle-toothed business strip between Raible Avenue to Costello, or thereabouts, has been left to languish for decades. What about paving and curb work for this vital highway?

While I’m at it, the pattern of the last two decades has been to tear down on Nichol Avenue (Highway 32), and not build up. Not even beautify. Again, I was very pleased to hear city government’s appeal for Ivy Tech to consider locating in the wide open spaces there.

Such a move undoubtedly would bring new business traffic into the area and new vitality in general. If Anderson is indeed re-inventing itself, why not pay attention to what is arguably the heart of the city?

To the point, I wonder if the good folks at Ivy Tech have considered old Anderson High and the Wigwam as the spot for their new $24 million building project. There I go, thinking too much again.

Republican shame — it was disappointing to see none, nada, zero Republicans at the 1963 “Great March” 50th anniversary commemoration last week. If some were there, I sure didn’t see them.

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