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Thursday, June 28, 2012 06:30 am

Was rezoning for another supermarket in the city’s interest?

If a woods fall and eight aldermen are not listening, does it make a sound? A few days ago the Springfield city council voted 8-2 to replace Griffin Woods, the 20-acre patch of forest at Bruns Lane an...
Thursday, June 21, 2012 04:31 am

Considering downtown redevelopment in its metropolitan context

A seven-member team of urban paramedics known as a Sustainable Design Assessment Team recently spent three days touring Springfield’s city center, greater downtown Springfield. They were charged...
Thursday, June 14, 2012 03:44 pm

What to do when White Oaks is gone

A planned new “patioscape” on the parking lot side of the former White Oaks Cinema will provide outdoor seating for customers of the shops and eateries expected to move into the converted ...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 07:26 pm

Might immigrants come to America to farm our universities?

I have often lamented here the continuing decline in the population of Illinois’ rural parts. (See “Devoid of life,” July 14, 2011.) Like a great many readers, I have roots in centra...
Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:39 pm

Does the Internet mean the death of serendipity?

I was looking up something else on the web a couple of months ago when I ran across a reminiscence by the veteran Tribune writer Ron Grossman. “Like Columbus, I’d start with a destination ...
Thursday, May 24, 2012 03:36 pm

Confusing management for governance in District 186

A few years ago, the executive director of the National School Boards Association said, “In a democracy, school boards are the closest thing to the ground.” “Like dandelions in a law...
Thursday, May 17, 2012 09:33 pm

Sangamon County shows the nation how to die young

How did that song go again? I had it right on the tip of – oh yeah. “I hope I die before I get old.” Apparently you have a good chance to doing just that if you live in Sangamon Coun...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:38 am

Building real urbanism in the medical district

“Everyone wanted it to have an ‘urban’ type feel,” said one focus group participant to the State Journal-Register about the new supermarket that Niemann Foods Inc. plans to bui...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 03:31 pm

Setting federal highway spending back to 1993

As I understand it, the Republican position on gasoline prices is to save drivers money by refusing to raise the excise tax on gasoline that pays the federal share of building roads and bridges. As th...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 03:30 pm

Novelist Evelyn Waugh lectures the capital in 1949

No doubt some members of the of the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women settled into their seats at the Centennial Auditorium in March 1949 looking forward to being instructed by their invi...

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