Tari’s downtown obsession

By:  Diane Benjamin

I think Tari’s constant focus on downtown comes from sites like this one:

“What do baby boomers, families, young professionals and new U.S. immigrants all have in common? They’re driving the reurbanization of America. After decades of flight, cities are becoming the go-to choice of living. Access to amenities—including parks, transportation, restaurants, cultural facilities and sporting events—are making cities the preferred alternative to suburban living.”  http://www.icic.org/urban-economic-development/what-works

One problem Tari:  Bloomington isn’t a big town.  Parks exist everywhere, not downtown.  Restaurants are on Veterans Parkway.  Even if people want to go to the BCPA or the Coliseum, it’s 10-15 minutes from about anywhere.  Yes, a few people live downtown.  But people aren’t flocking there and it’s not going to change because you want it to.

Documentation for the Monday meeting is now posted:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9281

Jeff Gielbelhausen will get 10 minutes.

David Bentley will get 10 minutes.

Stephen Friedman gets 20 minutes – most of the documentation on-line is his.

One way to determine if a speaker holds the same values you do is to look at who they contribute campaign money to.  All of the below is from opensecrets.org

FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
7/14/04 $500 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
1/27/12 $212 Dem Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
6/29/95 $1,000 Clinton, Bill (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B MR
CHICAGO, IL 60614
7/20/01 $500 Johnson, Nancy L (R)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
6/28/96 $250 Durbin, Dick (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
9/18/12 $500 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
8/1/12 $1,000 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
3/8/92 $250 Rostenkowski, Dan (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
10/26/12 $250 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
7/2/03 $500 Lipinski, Bill (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
3/16/12 $500 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
11/5/91 $500 Dixon, Alan J (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
6/29/12 $250 Dem Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
9/27/04 $250 Obama, Barack (D)
FRIEDMAN, STEPHEN B
CHICAGO, IL 60614
8/28/01 $500 Durbin, Dick (D)

Also mentioned in documentation:

SOWELL, MARGARET B
WEST CHESTER, PA 19386
6/29/04 $500 Hoeffel, Joseph M (D)
SOWELL, MARGARET B
WEST CHESTER, PA 19386
3/25/04 $250 Hoeffel, Joseph M (D)

 

GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
9/10/04 $1,000 LaHood, Ray (R)
GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
8/22/03 $250 LaHood, Ray (R)
GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
1/2/01 $1,000 LaHood, Ray (R)
GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF MR
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
3/3/10 $500 Schock, Aaron (R)
GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF MR
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
1/23/08 $2,300 Schock, Aaron (R)
GIEBELHAUSEN, JEFF MR
EAST PEORIA, IL 61611
9/30/08 $2,250 Schock, Aaron (R)

The only David Bentley listed was from Arizona.

RENNER, TARI
BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701
IWU 9/28/06 $200 Pavich, John Justin (D)
RENNER, TARI
BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701
IWU 9/23/05 $200 Pavich, John Justin (D)

 

This look like a meeting Bloomington residents NEED to attend or watch on-line.

7 thoughts on “Tari’s downtown obsession

  1. Funny, I keep hearing how millenials are flocking to the suburbs now that they have families. You are right in saying the Bloomington is not a big town and people will not flock to downtown. When a 600 square foot condo in the Ensenberger building costs 110k and a 4 bedroom house costs 150k, it’s a no brainer which will win.

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  2. It’s all part of the Left-wing “playbook”.

    In general, “Urban” means Leans Leftist.

    Just as “College” has (sadly) often come to mean “Marxist Indoctrination Center”.

    It is no wonder that Renner types go WAY overboard in support of both–and expect us to pay for every bit of it.

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  3. As I write this, I’m in Wichita, KANSAS-yeah, I know-say hi to Dorthy, but I see a LOT of young folks, and a good economy, and the “downtown” is ok BUT the restaurants,etc are on the MAIN roads and the Mariott. Hilton, etc. is on the EAST side and the airport on the west! LOTS of good restaurants, things to do, parks, etc, and they sure ARE NOT DOWNTOWN!
    The streets are smooth, clean and traffic flows well. The shopping is dispersed all over, not just UPTOWN. and with a short drive I can be in the RURAL areas.
    And I haven’t looked at the map THAT well, but I BET anyone $10 they have MORE airports then B/N, and I don’t see folks leaving! Except for my friend who has to be back in Vegas for work Sunday. ANYONE wanna place book on WHICH town is doing better?? And THIS IS Kansas!!!!

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  4. What do developers and planners have in common? They’ve always got to sell you a new idea or they’re out of work, out of that continued cash flow, put on the shelf – no longer needed. These lines of work are like fashion, what is old today will be new tomorrow.

    If these developers and planners were as good as they claim to be, the ultimate plan would to be the final plan because it would encompass all the needs of the human society. Note that their 2010, 2025, 2030, plans are ever evolving into the next plan. But worse than any of that, todays planners plan for Agenda 21 protocol which isn’t local planning at all. It’s cookie cutter we’ll all be the same. Easy to predict, easy to control. The land of the free and home of the brave to be completely flushed down the toilet through deceit.

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