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Well, It’s Different But…


I still haven’t found a new theme I really like.  And it’s really irritating to have to set a featured image for every post!  Though it gives me an excuse to share the squirrel pic again.

Where To Start: Ideas on Neighborhood...

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So, I’ve been looking around town trying to find the best place to begin building neighborhoods again.  It’s a lot trickier when you have to consider older existing homes already occupying land to develop.  I would like to see as many homes be saved as possible.  There are a couple areas that I think would […]

Rauner Launches Anti-Union Agenda in ...


Yesterday Governor Bruce Rauner visited Decatur’s Richland Community College and for the first time since being elected, unveiled his approach to creating “right-to-work zones”.  Communities would vote for whether on not they want right-to-work laws.  It seems so democratic.  What it really does, is enable Rauner to completely avoid the Democratically controlled state legislature, and […]

Cleaning Up The Dirty D Part II: Idea...

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In trying to come up with workable ideas for blighted neighborhoods in Decatur, I quickly realized there are no easy answers.  Even if we had unlimited funds there’s legal hurdles to jump and people to work with.  It’s not gonna be easy! As a full disclosure, I am a natural resource management major and there […]

The “Dirty D” Part I: Urb...


I went out to take a few photos of the warehouse that recently burned in Decatur.  I saw pictures and videos of the fire, and I can certainly see why the images were so dramatic.  There’s nothing left of the nearly block long, multiple-story, probably century-old building.  In fact, that only intact part I found […]

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