By: Diane Benjamin
The building codes discussion wasn’t very interesting until they got to sprinklers retro-fitted in old buildings – mostly downtown. If more than 300 people attend events they might be requiring sprinklers within the next 3 years.
Evidently they want to see a lot more empty buildings downtown! Even Jenn Carrillo knows that puts people out of business, she mentions a gathering spot that was forced to quit using a building.
It remains to be seen if sprinklers will make the final list. This discussion was long and boring unless it affects you. If you need a nap . . . .
The public art discussion doesn’t start until 59:00. The usual suspects are supporting it: Tilton’s, Eaton’s. That of course means downtown, but discussions went to parks in addition to downtown. Parks in subdivisions don’t make a lot of sense since only those residents will know it exists. It would likely be prone to vandalism too since it’s tucked away out of sight.
I wonder why Gleason and Tyus didn’t mention the cows in Decatur? Scattered all over Decatur are cows, maybe 3-4 feet tall, all painted different. They are incredibly heavy so they can’t “walk off” easily. They are located in front of businesses. Each business got to select how their cow was painted. I don’t know how they were funded, the businesses must have at least contributed. They are cohesive and uniform across the city and completely cool art!
Of course Bloomington wants public art, taxpayer funded even it they are talking about using park dedication fees. It’s still money that could be used for other sources like playground equipment.
The biggest take-away from the discussion is:
Segregation is thriving!
Jenn thinks the west side needs different public art than other areas. The point of the discussion was unity throughout the City until Jenn decided to inject race-art.
The tentative plan is to have a committee to do all the work. 3 members of the community would be on it plus 2 each from other established committees. Jenn wants to rotate people so her side of town can get what they want instead of what the rest of Bloomington gets.
(The cow idea is looking better and better!)
(Doesn’t have to be cows, use your imagination)
It looks like now segregation is encouraged. Fighting for decades for equality must have been a waste of time. At least Jenn thinks so.
Here’s another segregation supporter:
Who is going to start the White Student Union? Hispanic Student Union? Mixed race Student Union? Evidently all races need to claim their own space.
Don’t judge people by their character, that’s racist.
Are we being divided on purpose? I suggest paying attention to the clues being dropped everywhere.
The only other news was Scott Black is resigning at the end of October. He’s moving out of the Ward.