Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Magic and Logic in Iowa City

comparably sized and similarly situated, Eau Claire could do something like this

I am nostalgic for a place that could facilitate that ease of “hanging out,” but I also know that Iowa City’s apparent magic was borne of pure logic.

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The Rear End

Why Doesn't the Kid Cross the Street?

the fear and loathing involved with letting our kids roam beyond the backyard

As parents drew their kids away from the street, cars were emboldened to drive faster, which made parents even less likely to let their kids go near them.

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

Where's the Express Headed?

they filled a void in gathering spaces, now they just need to win the division

I see the beginning of an acceptance of Eau Claire as an urban center and its accompanying diversity. ... The arrival of the Express five years ago contributed to the shake-up of our mind-set.

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In a Rhythm

UWEC’s Jazz Ensemble again named among best

UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I has, for the sixth time, brought home the Down Beat Award for Best College Jazz Ensemble.

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Downtown's Muzak: The Plot Thickens

officials explode expectations by considering tunes with lyrics, local musicians

Recently there has been some discussion among BID members to go with a new system that would allow for music with lyrics, thus taking away the campiness, allowing for local music, and even possibly helping promote downtown events.

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Fall For Glory

local punk band sets out on summer tour

“We definitely feed off the crowd, and when the crowd gets into it, we do as well. For most shows expect the crowd piling on stage for our last song.”

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Visual Art

Not Exactly Street Art

the artistry in designing the places we live

“Many times the beauty of a space is created by the users and you just provide the opportunity for that to happen.” – Phil Johnson, former Parks & Rec superintendent now an Ayres Associates architect

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Local Look

Reshaping Hastings

city holding public input meetings on major roadway

“We’re trying to understand that roadway from the eyes of the people living, working, and breathing around it every day.” – Public Works Director Brian Amundson

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Gardening to Earth

cool new garden center humbly started with a 12 year-old

If I hadn’t known that Highway 93 was right behind me, I would’ve sworn I was in the yard of a backwoods cabin. That’s how convincing the atmosphere is at the Down to Earth Garden Center.

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Special Sections

A Change Will Do Us Good

the city-approved plan to better the streets for bikes, pedestrians

Invite a bunch of bikers to advise the city council and you’re going to see some lasting results.

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Bikes Don't Grow on Trees

cyclists put them there because there aren’t enough bike racks

Local businesses have the ability to appease a whole bunch of irritated bicyclists, increase their traffic, and even save trees with one simple act: adding a bike rack.

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Hastings Changings

It’s time to reclaim some of the concrete previously used for cars and dedicate it to creating an environment friendlier to multiple modes of transportation.

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Radical Idea: No Park

progressive utilization of rarely inhabited fire hydrant spaces

As the population grows and automobiles continue to be a primary mode of transportation, we are forced to come up with more inventive solutions for our green spaces as well as more nuanced approaches to reducing the impact.

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What Does It Take to Make These Changes?

a blunt conversation with a city official

“We have to be much more open-minded instead of automatically saying ‘You can’t do that.' You can do it; it just takes more work and it’s different.” -Public Works Director Brian Amundson

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Driving How We Get Around

these are the people shaping the transportation landscape. you got a problem, talk to them.

While you may think calling a public figure to give them your two cents on infrastructure issues will do absolutely no good, you’re dead wrong (at least on the local level).

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Pedestrian Mall Madness

the benefits of widening sidewalks or creating pedestrian plazas

(Cities) have experienced a 50 percent increase in visitor traffic since the designation of pedestrian areas. Sales, too, increased – by 25 to 40 percent – in stores whose owners initially opposed the change.

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The Car As a Guest

the proposal for a “woonerf” on Thorp Drive

“The concept is to create a common public space – not a road. … The environment needs to change the motorist’s behavior.” - Public Works Director Brian Amundson

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Rules of the Road

a recap of the laws for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians

There's confusion among cyclists and motorists as to what their place on the road is. We're here to clear things up.

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Taking It to the Streets

the progressive start and controversial end of local Critical Mass bike rides

“Riding a bicycle down a public roadway should not be considered suicide, and as long as it is I think there is a place for Critical Mass in Eau Claire and elsewhere.” -Jeremy Gragert, participant in Eau Claire Critical Mass

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"I've Never Seen That. I Hate It."

instant reactions to the “new” are often misguided

Do you remember when roundabouts were first introduced in Eau Claire a few years back? People were up in arms about these freaky European solutions to problem intersections.

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Success Story #2

how a street obstruction trained drivers to see pedestrians on Water Street

If you’ve ever tried crossing the street at the intersection of Water Street and Fourth Avenue, it can feel a bit like Frogger.

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Get This Show on the Road

the nation is starting to join the worldwide trend to increase investment in friendly streets

“This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.” -Ray LaHood, DOT secretary

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Where the Money Comes From

a quick list of some funding options

The City of Eau Claire has an annual budget for capital improvement projects and street maintenance, but a roadway vision above and beyond the norm may require additional funding streams.

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Other Stuff

Return of the Sky Screamers

the Chippewa Valley Air Show rockets back to town

Whether or not you have the means to fly this summer, you can still find enjoyment and feel awe in watching some thousand-pound aircrafts in flight at this year’s Chippewa Valley Air Show.

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