As has been mentioned in NAC comments and elsewhere, the Uptown Neighborhood Association is hosting a Meet the Candidates event on Thursday, March 1, to bring local political hopefuls and voters together.
As fellow traveler and Uptown Neighborhood Association President Lloyd “Highwayman” Wimp explains over at View From the Highway:
The Uptown Neighborhood Association is neither endorsing nor sponsoring any particular candidate for any particular office. We are doing this solely to give the public a chance to meet those seeking office personally and for the seekers to hear what is on the voters minds up close.
An opportunity to register to vote will also be offered.
Meet the Candidates
Thursday, March 1
Silver Street United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
Corner of Spring and Silver Streets
Parking accessible from the alley off Elm
In other good news, The Tribune reports that the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana’s rehab and marketing efforts at 1605 East Spring Street have garnered national attention via a full-page spread in This Old House Magazine.
A chat with HLFI Regional Director Greg Sekula on Tuesday revealed that he’d already received inquiries about the property from as far away as Utah. That’s an impressive turnaround for a house that had been condemned a year ago.
Questions of neighborhood perception led to the beginnings of a healthy discussion yesterday, as the good and bad of local appearances were debated. A recent meeting with Danny Flanigan, Home Repair Coordinator at New Directions Housing Corporation, revealed a small but intriguing idea for improving perception known as the $100 rule.
How would perceptions of a given city block change if each house on it, for $100 or less, boasted a new mailbox, new or improved house numbering, a freshly stained or painted front door, and a well maintained, functioning porch light?
Seems like a small ante for a bet that could pay off on considerable odds.