By Bob Weaver Trails and greenways are not exotic. At least they shouldn’t be seen as exotic. Places to comfortably walk, run and bike should be as commonplace as the four-laners that criss-cross our towns. For all they can bring to us – connectivity, conservation of recreational and wild spaces and even economic opportunity – […]

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Minnesota Town of 800 revels in status as a “trail town.” by Bob Weaver   In a previous post, we highlighted the Monon Trail, a largely urban/suburban trail that runs through the heart of Indianapolis’ northside, north into Hamilton County. Specifically, the topic was economics and the explosion of breweries and brewpubs associated with the […]

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Mounds Greenway Notes: A periodic look at new developments in the Mounds Greenway initiative and an overview of trails and greenways as sources of sustainable conservation, recreation and creators of economic opportunity. To stay in touch with Mounds Greenway, sign up for our newsletter or follow our social media networks.      What kind of economic […]

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Keep IDEM boards Improving efficiency and eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy are nearly always desirable objectives – except when efficient actually means ineffectual and impotent. State legislators need to ask about legislation that would consolidate several state environmental oversight boards into a single environmental rule-making board, especially considering the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s dubious track record […]

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When an experienced activist attorney says she’d be inclined to advise low-income citizens not to take grievances to court if a certain bill became law, alarms ought to be ringing. Kim Ferraro’s focus of concern is Indiana House Bill 1091, under which agricultural operations, such as large confined livestock complexes, would be guaranteed payment of […]

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Tar Sands & the Keystone Pipeline: There are Safer, Cleaner and More Prosperous Alternatives A reprint of an HEC OpEd, originally published in the Indianapolis Star Which of the following goals would you want America to reach? a. More jobs b. Reduced oil from terrorist-sponsoring nations c. Energy prices that don’t harm working families d. […]

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Indianapolis Star- Editorial One could say an important Bloomington group has offered our avowedly budget-conscious state government a chance to save $400 million. That’s not exactly how the Daniels administration looks at the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s decision not to include the extension of I-69 in its local plan. The proposed 27-mile stretch from […]

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Hoosier Environmental Council, Blackford County Concerned Citizens to Hold Public Health Workshop HARTFORD CITY – MAY 10, 2011 – Citizens from Blackford County will meet on May 21st in the county seat of Hartford City, located 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis, to attend a first-ever Public Health Workshop focused on high levels of cancer in […]

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Indianapolis Business Journal February 10, 2011 Even with work on the Interstate 69 extension proceeding in earnest downstate, environmental and citizens groups are suing to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis. The complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court by Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads seeks […]

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For more than two decades, HEC and others have been warning about the excessively high costs – both financial and environmental – of New Terrain I-69. Now that some construction is underway, INDOT and the highway supporters have been forced to admit the growing devastation left in the wake of this $3.2 billion project. Just […]

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