Tonight on Interchange host Doug Storm is joined by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University and Eric Sandweiss a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University to try to answer the question “What are museums for?” by examining the ways these institutions work to create and define the culture they are said to represent. The program also looks at the way a museum works by leaving space for personal self-discovery while also undermining common stereotypes and common ideologies. The museum, not just a book on a wall.
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On Feb. 10 the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a plan for a new building downtown that would include a convenience store. The four-story building would also contain three apartments and room for additional businesses.
The new structure is planned for the southwest corner of 3rd and Washington streets, on a site that has most recently been the location of a laundromat, CrossTown Cleaners. Doug Bruce, who has done architecture work on the project, said the owner’s idea is for the convenience store to serve people waiting for buses downtown.
The building is owned by Song Kim, who also owned the laundromat. It is just north of the current Bloomington Transit building, and it’s just east of the new Transit building under construction at 3rd and Walnut streets. Commission member Pat Williams asked how deliveries to the convenience store could affect nearby traffic.
The site is smaller than most downtown lots, and Bruce said there would be no room for large trucks to pull in. Williams said she is skeptical about the delivery plan.
Trish Sterling, who owns a commercial building just southeast of the proposed store, said she is also concerned about the building’s effects on traffic and parking. The plan for the four-story building includes seven parking spaces. Sterling said her building’s spaces are already used frequently by other businesses.
A lack of parking in the area caused the failure of a recent project just two blocks east of the proposed store. The owners of the Taste of India restaurant on 4th Street tried to relocate to 314 East 3rd Street, but the commission rejected the plan largely because there wasn’t enough parking. Commission member Chris Smith addressed Sterling’s concerns, but said the city would like to see the site developed and they have limited options.
The commission later voted to approve the building, including six different waivers from the city’s zoning rules.
Work will begin on the new interstate that will traverse Bloomington and Monroe County as soon as weather allows.
According to Cher Elliott, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson at its Vincennes regional office, contractors are to remove trees and other natural obstacles, with attendant remediation, on the right-of-way along section 5 of I-69 before March 31. The section 5 corridor runs from the south, where section 4 of I-69 will intersect with 37 at that road and Fullerton Pike, north to just south of the Highway 39 turn-off near Martinsville.
However, the current tree clearing contract is for the portion from the end of section 4 up to the Walnut Street and Old Highway 37 interchange. The construction phase is slated to begin during late summer of this year, with substantial completion of section 5 by late 2016.
Will Wingfield, at the head office of the Department of Transportation in Indianapolis, said the 21 miles of existing state road 37 will be updated to interstate standards.
“What these changes mean is that traffic entering or exiting will now be on ramps,” Wingfield says, “Four new interchanges will be built. In addition, to provide additional local access, there will be four new exchanges across the interstate.”
For properties that currently have direct access to Highway 37, the department will either purchase them outright or build some other means of vehicular access for them. Wingfield describes lane capacity along various parts of the highway, as it skirts around Bloomington’s west-side.
“There will be added lanes on what is now 37, at the south-end of the project near the Bloomington area based on the forecasted need in urban Bloomington,” Wingfield says
The department has already received proposals from four private sector consortia to design, build, operate, and maintain section 5 of I-69.
INDOT spokespeople have promised that this so-called public-private partnership, or P-3 arrangement for section 5, does not allow the private operator to establish tolls.
“It will generally follow the state road corridor,” Wingfield said, “We are hoping to extend the life of this corridor and road.”
During the construction phase, the route will remain open to public traffic, but with periodic lane closures, delays, and diversions. INDOT and the private sector group responsible for this sector will also be responsible for informing the public of these obstructions.
Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome guest Dr. John McCluskey, professor emeritus of Indiana University.
In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war’s end to find that his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining in the city mansion are two former slaves, also raised by his family as Jews. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history.
The theatrical presentation of The Whipping Man stars Brandon Wentz, Wardell Julius Clark and Alfred Wilson. The performance takes place at the John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium from Feb. 7 -22. We have invited Dr. John McCluskey, professor emeritus of Indiana University to come on and recap a talk-back he led for the audience and cast members on yesterday afternoon with the actors.
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin
The Deputy Director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Akia Haynes, announced yesterday that there is probable cause that Indiana University Health racially discriminated a former employee; The night manager at a Bloomington laundromat told the City Council that people experiencing homelessness are increasingly trying to spend the night at the business; Yesterday 13 Indiana businesses added their names to the “Employers for Freedom” coalition; A nationwide propane shortage is hitting Indiana hard during this year’s severe winter.
Free Tax Help From IU Law Students
Doing your taxes isn’t always straightforward, and it can be even more confusing for foreign students or someone whose first language isn’t English. Indiana University’s Maurer Law School and Kelley School of Business offer a free program for tax assistance, called VITA (VYE-tuh), specialized for those who are not from this country and are unfamiliar with the tax code. WFHB correspondent Casey Kuhn talked to Charles Gray, one of the program directors, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Lyndsey Wright, Neal Earley, and Mike Glab
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Adam Riechle, along with Correspondent Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Emma Ohland, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
President of Woven, a national, web-based company that provides financial and legal education and resources for the LGBT community Kristin Davis discusses the organization and its offerings. Assistant Curator for the Eiteljorg Western Art, History and Culture Museum in Indianapolis Johanna Blume talks about the “Blake Little: Photographs from Gay Rodeo” exhibit now showing through 13 July 2014. Featured artist is R&B singer Nhojj. Musical selections are “Amazing Grace” and “Hypnotic Dream.”
Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest Co-Anchor Nick Tumino
The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for individuals to fill two Special Member seats to serve two-year terms on the Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC.
The ERAC acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Park Commissioners, on policy matters pertaining to the operation of city-managed natural areas or facilities.
To fill these positions, the ERAC specifically needs people who have expertise in the field of outdoor recreation and environmental education programs, and people who have expertise in natural resources management. Special member applicants must reside or own property in Monroe County. More information about the positions is available online, at Bloomington.in.gov/parks
Senator Brent Steele’s proposal to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife passed on a 43 to 4 vote by the full Senate on Monday.
Steele’s Joint Resolution 9 provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of Indiana’s heritage, and should be preserved for the public good. SJR-9 states that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.
This constitutional amendment does not limit the application of any law relating to trespass or property rights. 17 other states over the past several years have added the constitutional right to hunt and fish.
The Indiana government, along with seven other states, is considering bills in 2014 that propose the creation of a state constitutional amendment to protect the same right.
SJR-9 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for residents to rent garden plots in the Willie Streeter Community Gardens and the Butler Park Community Gardens. Community Gardening Program Manager Robin Hobson says the program began in 1984 and has grown to 184 plots at the Willie Streeter location. Some of the plots are raised beds for accessible gardening and there is a community garden in Butler Park with 39 plots.
Hobson says the Parks and Recreation Department provides water, composting facilities, fencing, communal tools, and other services to help maintain the gardens. The gardens have parking located nearby, and both are located on Bloomington Transit bus routes.
The department offers scholarships for those in need, which covers 85 percent of cost remission for the gardening program.
Hobson says that these gardens provide individuals a place to grow their own food and learn from other gardeners.
“The community benefits from these plots because people can supplement their tables with the food they grow, providing themselves with the freshest and most local produce possible,” Hobson says, “They can also share gardening activities with other gardeners and learn from other peoples’ techniques.”
Parks and Recreation partners with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food Pantry at some gardening locations. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard reaches out to community members by offering youth gardening education, gardening classes, and gardening activities. Individuals who have rented plots in 2013 can renew their plots from now until Feb. 14. New gardeners, and anyone who would like to move to another gardening location, can begin registering on Feb. 18.