Monthly Archives: October 2006

Trick-Or-Treat

Trick-Or-Treat

When people move here, especially those with young children, a top question on their minds around this time of year is “When exactly is the mandated trick-or-treat time?” (Another popular query is “When the hell is the leaf collection time, as my bags of leaves have been sitting out for two goddamn weeks?” But that…

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The Main Avenue Tramway

The Main Avenue Tramway

Throughout the history of civic planning, there have been countless grand ideas and concepts which have never been carried out for various reasons- expense, impracticality, that sort of thing. If one were to go through the planning archives of this city alone, you’d see many plans which never came to fruition- the Northwest Expressway, the…

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Friday Facts: Real Human Skin, Itchfinger Yardling, Hats Blocked

Friday Facts: Real Human Skin, Itchfinger Yardling, Hats Blocked

:: Number of businesses that still offer hat blocking: 3 :: Television pilots shot here: 11 :: How many of these which were picked up for a series: 1, “Colt & Hammer,” a police drama that ran as a midseason replacement in 1978 on ABC. :: Mayors who have shot someone while in office: 2…

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Creative Solutions in Dynamic Municipal Problem Solving: Sanitation Dept.

Ten years ago, the there was an initiative to install more trashcans in the Downtown & Central Corridor areas with a promise that they would be emptied by the Sanitation Department at least three times a day. After an initial burst of hard work, the collection frequency dropped to once a day on a good…

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Briefs- Views, Novotny, Ex-Lax

Briefs- Views, Novotny, Ex-Lax

:: Best views in town… the top of the World War One Memorial tower in Baxter Park… the WKVD-AM hot air balloon at the zoo… the West Side Highway… from U-City park across the river into the Downtown… 22nd floor of the City Hall Annex… any others? E-mail or comment and let us know. ::…

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The Typesetters Club

The Typesetters Club

This Friday, the Typesetters Club will once again be holding its annual banquet/dance at the downtown Hyatt, the first one they’ve held in six years. The club was founded in 1897 as a place for newspapermen to get together and drink, smoke cigars and eat badly cooked steak. At the time, and for a ways…

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Friday Facts- Illiteracy, Tetherballs and Nazis

Friday Facts- Illiteracy, Tetherballs and Nazis

:: Number of light bulbs used in the 30-foot-tall “YOU ARE NOW ALMOST HOME” sign on the Wendell Willkie Bridge: 20,016 :: Number of workers killed in construction of the massive sign in 1949: 3 :: Number of ex-Nazis given the key to the city: 1 :: Percentage of sixth-grade students who read below the…

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The tiny homes of Samson Heights

The tiny homes of Samson Heights

After years of deterioration, the Samson Heights area has seen a resurgence in recent years, as people move father down river, after having been priced out of the Downtown and surrounding areas. What in the mid-eighties was a run-down collection of crumbling buildings and abandoned storefronts has become a thriving neighborhood where families and young…

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ASPIC’s 100th Anniversary

ASPIC’s 100th Anniversary

The American Society of Professional Industrial Chemists has a problem. No, it’s not that they’ll soon be observing their 100th anniversary; they’re rather happy about that. It’s just that they don’t know exactly where they should be celebrating the occasion. You see, the national trade group was founded here in 1907, but no one knows…

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The Fleming Tower

The Fleming Tower

Shortly after its construction in 1936, the Fleming Tower (800 block of Bradburn Street) became rather infamous for a rush of people repeatedly attempting to commit suicide from the top of its sixteen stories. Newspaper records show that, between the building’s opening in May 1936 and November of that year, twenty-eight people attempted the grave…

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