Ordinance: vetoed. Veto: overridden.

Did I mention that the ordinance I authored earned the mayor’s veto? Just as I was anticipating the establishment of a new Bloomington Parking Commission in the last post, I was taken aback by Mayor Hamilton’s announcement that he refused to sign Ordinance 16-22. The Mayor’s response on Nov. 11, in … Continue reading

Want to make that intersection safer? Remove all the traffic signals

I‘m a big fan of Ben Hamilton-Baillie, the British urban space designer and traffic engineer who specializes in “reconciling traffic movement with quality public spaces in cities, towns and villages.” I mentioned him a couple of weeks ago in a post about how double-parked delivery trucks are maybe not such a bad … Continue reading

It wasn’t blackface after all. It was blueface. (It still wasn’t okay.)

This is a long post. There’s lots of ground to cover. I hope it addresses all the concerns people have brought up since yesterday’s post exploded via social media, but it may require more dialogue. Just know at the outset: I’ve been up all night writing this follow-up post, and … Continue reading

It’s 2016, and there are people in Bloomington wearing blackface in public [UPDATE: make that “blueface”]

UPDATE 9/24: The students pictured below were not in blackface; they were (attempting to) dress as Blue Man Group. Accusations of explicit racism have been corrected below: incorrect info is struck through and new info is underlined. Full update, and sources for new info below, in the post that succeeds this … Continue reading

AMA: Why does the city let my car be slowed down?

Q: Are there or are there not any local ordinances that prohibit delivery trucks and moving trucks on main roads during rush hour? If not, why not? If we do, why aren’t they enforced? We should not have Walnut or College restricted to a single lane due to two delivery trucks on … Continue reading

Questions on the 2015 city budget: a snapshot of Bloomington

Summertime means budget time in Bloomington city government. Since my tenure began in 2004, to consider the proposal which the Administration brings forward, Council has held four consecutive weeknights of hearings, at which the Mayor and the heads of each department present their requests, and then Councilmembers ask questions and take … Continue reading

Fraternities, IU, and historic city neighborhoods

The Dark Power of Fraternities: A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems — “and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.” An article on fraternities in light of the debate over the Fiji house and IU’s intent to relocate it destructively to University … Continue reading