Government waste in pics

By:  Diane Benjamin

When taxpayer abuse is this blatant, it’s easy to see.  Most abuse is much harder to find.

This picture is from Google maps.  Note the sidewalk is perfectly flat – this is along Front Street in front of Rosie’s.

Now see this picture – again look at the sidewalk. TWO concrete planter boxes have appeared:

One more picture taken this afternoon – again look at the sidewalk. Not only is there new concrete, one of the concrete planter boxes is now gone.

I don’t know whether to believe it, but I heard bicycles were crashing into the one closest to Rosie’s cage, so it had to go.

The cage looks a little better today, some flowers have been added.

How much do you think it cost to put the planter box in and then rip it back out?  Why is a lot of new concrete around Rosie’s?  Did wrecking the second planter box destroy the sidewalk too?

More on downtown tomorrow!  Yes, I did a tour.

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Comments

  1. Much less than Normal putting parking berms
    in and then ripping them out again on the taxpayer dollar! Stupid is as stupid does my mum always says

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    • 11 Lousy Votes says:

      The Upittytown parking fiasco is what happens when the city idiots hire too-smart-for-their-own-good Californian designers who have never met a midwestern winter! I could never understand why the overpaid and overbeneffited city employees need to hire outside consultants to do the job we are paying them to do? Can you say kickbacks????

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  2. I think Moe, Larry and Curly could do a better job that our cities’ Bozos….

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    • Hey, Larry. Instead of fighting all of your battles from behind a keyboard…which accomplishes nothing, do something! Run for office, support a candidate by knocking on doors or calling voters, or create an advocacy group! But no…that would 1) require you to actually take action, and 2) cut down on the amount of complaining you so love.

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  3. IF I EVER entertained a thought about eating at Rosies, that has DISAPPEARED. That “railing” is so tacky that it should be hauled to the junk yard.
    BOYCOTT the place! I sure will.

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  4. Ok that’s it, I am going to brave Downtown tomorrow, guess I could eat at Poblano Burrito so it’s not a total let down.

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  5. That outdoor are has been there for years. It does look better with flowers!

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  6. Yamaha2004 says:

    Still won’t be going downtown to eat; plenty of choices north and east of Route 9.

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  7. If the “ISIS on the Prairie” crowd (hi, Maggie) can maneuver in traffic, don’t you suppose they can avoid a stationary planter? Do bicyclists have to get blamed for EVERYTHING? Geez… That said…I’m am curious about the planter. Instead of speculating, have you thought about calling or emailing Public Works Director Jim Karch and asking (309-434-2385; Email:jkarch@cityblm.org)? I’d be interested to hear what he has to say. How about reporting some news on this so-called news blog? Waiting…

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    • Can’t see FACTS in the Pics? Good job! You must think public officials will tell the truth. You need to read more articles. hint: they don’t, I’m not the Pantagraph that only prints their press releases.

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    • We have the Pantagraph and WGLT to report on your “News” – so go there if that is what you want. This is a place for the people who are outside the establishment narrative. And many people who comment here are just regular people who are tired of the elitist overpaid snobs who have ruined our nice little towns. They are tired of ideology over practicality, the we know better that you mentality and continued focus on spending public money to fix macro economic problems.

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      • News has things like “sources” with “attribution” and “facts” and stuff like that, Larry. This blog? It ain’t news. Sorry to break it to you. And if you don’t like it around here…have you thought about moving? I mean, you might be a happier person in the long run. Please, try to have a good day…and put a smile on that angry face. Later!

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      • Yep, I photo-shopped the pics. Sure. The brain-dead in the swamp will never understand the truth.

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      • Sorry to break it to you but I am a very happy person….more Gaslighting Rich? And yes I fought for the truth and justice all my life… I liked the town we used to have here before low IQ elites took over – I like the real people of both of these towns… So how about you not assume that you know me… once again… Gaslighting is all you got when confronted with the truth? You attack my person, my attitude, my state of mind? Really Rich… if you have a rebuttal to what I say…. let’s hear it please…

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      • He doesn’t, common sense can’t be refuted.

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  8. Pics help tell the story. They are NOT the story. Who’s brain dead (insert eye roll)?

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  9. Just and FYI – Rich is experiencing the classic signs of cognitive dissonance – here is the definition if you are unfamiliar with it: “In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. The occurrence of cognitive dissonance is a consequence of a person performing an action that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and values; and also occurs when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.” In this case in confronting Rich with something that is contradictory to his personal beliefs causes him (because they are truths) to lash out at me personally (and all of us) rather that rebut what he can’t defend.

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  10. Rich how do you know what you think you know you know ?

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Trackbacks

  1. […] I wonder if that includes the 2 concrete planters on Front Street that were completed and then 1 ripped back out which required new concrete sidewalks.    https://blnnews.com/2018/05/31/government-waste-in-pics/ […]

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  2. […] Even though the many EXPENSIVE Master Plans passed by the Bloomington City Council were sold as advisory, they weren’t.  Council members frequently ask if “it fits the Master Plan”.  The Bloomington City Council would rather approve spending because it complies with the Master Plan than use common sense.  Laser focused on downtown because the Master Plan requires it has and will lead to bad decisions with your money.  This story was the perfect example:   Rosie’s concrete planters […]

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