• States Avenue: It could be another name for Market Street, the home of the city’s oldest theater, The State. It recently was sold, but if you’re that investor, you’ve got to be fuming that Franklin and the city council are willing to do away with the entire Logansport Redevelopment Commission just because commission members don’t want to issue bonds to fund a retail entity. Downtown revitalization could really benefit from a similar bond for the State and its surrounding properties where a sparkling street sculpture has just been unveiled.
• Community Chest: It would be good to see Franklin appealing to city employees to be a pacesetter for the United Way campaign, and set an example for the rest of the community.
• Boardwalk: The closest thing Logansport has to it is the boulevard, but just a block away from it is the empty Rural King building. Former Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation President Jim Weaver aided efforts to fill that storefront, but the current administration apparently has no plans to market the building or work with the foundation to make it happen. Wouldn’t this be a great location for a theater multiplex? And if we’re going to fund retail development how much would a redevelopment bond for the Logansport Mall cost the city?
• Water Works: Problems with the water coming out of the Logansport Water Plant that may lead to fines from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management should be a priority that does not affect ratepayers.
• Oriental Avenue: City Attorney Randy Head and his wife recently returned from a trip to China, but how that trip will be leveraged to benefit the city has not been defined. Local high school students will begin taking Chinese next month for the first time, but it’s unclear whether city officials are poised for anything more than Chinese takeout.