Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Normal Crossroads Mall Retrofit

I saw this article about good ideas for retrofitting suburban malls and it made me think about how the Crossroads Center could be updated to attract people.  Some ideas include: a great outdoor space with a pathway around  and maybe through the massive parking lot for people who like to walk or run; outdoor eateries (for use during good weather, of course); outdoor features and seating (again, for use during good weather); lots of green area, and businesses appealing to a variety of shoppers and users. Food trucks could provide additional dining opportunities during the summer.

Obviously, there are plenty of spaces currently available for businesses, but they aren't coming and this might be due to the lack of appeal of the outside space and lack of an overall plan for what type of experience the Center would provide. Someone needs to create a plan for the Center as a whole, which would then attract businesses. Just building it isn't enough. If you plan it, they will come?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Normal Renting

An interactive map shows the minimum wage needed to be able to afford the median rental cost in an area (as of October 2014). For Bloomington-Normal, a dual-earner household would need at least $11.76 per hour and a single-earner household would need at least $23.52 per hour (assuming a 40-hour workweek, 50 weeks per year of work).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Normal: EV Competition

It sounds like electric cars are catching on! This article says that there will be 3.3 million electric cars "on the road" by 2050.  Oregon even has a "chief electric vehicle officer" (CEVO?) and has a "West Coast Electric Highway."  Maybe Veterans Parkway could become the BloNo Electric Parkway and the Governor can appoint someone as IL-CEVO.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Normal: Let's Play!

This is a nice idea: making a city playable by having fun events and creative ways for residents to interact with their environment and each other. We need to get the many creative people in Normal to come up with playful ideas!