Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

City Plans Water Street Revival

new TIF district proposed

Tom Giffey

The City of Eau Claire wants to create a special taxing district to raise funds for development and redevelopment along Water Street and the bank of the Chippewa River. The City Plan Commission has already given unanimous ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Let's Get Weird

unlikely hosts excel with podcast about strange topics

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I used to think I was weird. Then, I met Eric Johnson and Jodie Arnold. Five minutes into our conversation, I found myself feeling very “Classic Vanilla” to their “Urban Bourbon” sundae. And I’ll be completely honest with you all ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Building Upward

construction in Eau Claire is poised to break a record

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Construction in Eau Claire is occurring at a record-breaking pace this year, with the value of permits issued by the city topping $177 million as of the end of July. That’s the second-highest annual ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Colorful Crossing

Phoenix Park bridge lights will debut in September

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

By next month, the iconic 526-foot Phoenix Park footbridge in downtown Eau Claire will be ablaze with thousands of LED lights capable of displaying millions of colors and “dancing” in time to music ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Inhabiting Your Home

Habitat for Humanity opens store to support home-building mission

Tom Giffey

In order to build more houses for people in need, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity wants to help you build yours – or at least help outfit it with new-to-you furniture, appliances, fixtures, and more ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Picking up Speed

skateboarders expect to finish plaza fundraising by end of year

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Christopher Johnson was growing up the west side of Eau Claire, there was hardly anywhere for him to skate. The YMCA Skate Park (which no longer exists) was miles away on the other side of town ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Inhabiting Your Home

Habitat for Humanity opens store to support home-building mission

Tom Giffey

In order to build more houses for people in need, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity wants to help you build yours – or at least help outfit it with new-to-you furniture, appliances, fixtures, and more ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Can I Recycle That?

dos and don’ts about what to put in the blue bin and what to pitch

Tom Giffey

If you’re taking the time to read this section of the magazine, you undoubtedly are the kind of person who takes pains to separate your recyclables from your trash. You rinse and sort. ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Trying to Clear the Air

UWEC research team works to improve air quality along Lake Michigan shoreline

Judy Berthiaume, UW-Eau Claire

A faculty-student team of Blugold researchers is helping scientists better understand how ozone is produced over Lake Michigan, findings that could help communities and industries in three states identify strategies for improving air quality ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

First Choice Is a Green Choice

award-winning company keeps your electronic junk out of the landfill

Pan Thao

Fifteen years ago, Greg and Bobbie DeVoll came across a newspaper article about how computer and electronic refuse was going to be the next big waste concern for the United States because of harmful materials ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Check Out the Foundry Sale

Eau Claire warehouse opens its doors and fills up with vintage and antique treasures

V1 Staff, photos by Megan Johnson

Whether you’re a fan of American Pickers, a devotee of Antiques Roadshow, or just the kinds of person who loves to peruse thrift sales for spectacular, unexpected finds, you’ll find plenty to admire ...

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