Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Editorials

October 14, 2012

OUR VIEW: Downtown efforts earn recognition

Congratulations to both Logan’s Landing and the Walton Main Street organization on their recognition at a statewide Main Street conference last week.

Logan’s Landing had a particularly impressive performance. Not only did the organization win a design award for the Market Street pocket park that features a statue called “The Dancers,” Becki Harris was honored as the statewide director of the year and Pam Leeman was honored as one of three board members of the year.

The recognition came as a surprise to both Harris and Leeman, who thought they were attending to share in the glow of the recognition for Logan’s Landing.

Both, though, are more than deserving of their own.

Harris works hard in her role to promote Logansport’s downtown, organizing promotions and working with businesses to help them achieve their goals, and Leeman has teamed up with fellow board member Kathy Dingo to organize the annual “Dancing With Our Stars” fundraising event. Now heading toward its fourth year, the dancing event has raised well over $100,000 to support efforts to transform downtown Logansport into an arts and design district.

Just last week yet another pocket park took shape in the 400 block of East Broadway, and both Leeman and Dingo were on hand to oversee the project.

Walton’s Main Street organization also received an award for community impact for the work the group had done in painting buildings downtown. The idea behind the project was to spruce up some of the community’s more rundown buildings with an eye toward encouraging others to invest in their properties.

The efforts in both communities are clearly paying off.

Not only are the flowers, the pocket parks and the scattered artworks bringing beauty to downtown Logansport, more and more new businesses are opening there. Local merchants are chasing a dream by opening restaurants and shops in downtown’s historic buildings, and in the process, they are bringing new jobs and tax dollars to the community.

There is still much to do, of course. Both communities still have too many empty buildings downtown.

But the efforts of both organizations are showing progress. Both downtowns are growing more attractive and more vibrant.

It’s a long road to travel, but those involved in both efforts deserve recognition for the progress they have made so far.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • THEIR VIEW: Indiana needs open primary elections Indiana's primary election system is dysfunctional. What the state really needs is an open primary system. This month, the Lake County election board argued about the procedures for recruiting high school students as poll workers for the May 6 primar

    April 23, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Let voters weigh option of easing daily commute There was a time in this country when workers typically lived less than an hour's walk from their jobs. A time when a "commuter" was simply a traveler taking advantage of a reduced railway fare on his way to the big city. A time when the American sub

    April 22, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Careful look at tax structure needed Indiana legislators this year created a "blue-ribbon commission" to study the state's taxes on businesses this summer. We hope the commission will listen to Larry DeBoer, a Purdue professor who might understand Indiana's tax structure better than any

    April 20, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Littering shows disregard for surroundings Numbers tell a sad story about the disregard many Hoosiers have for their surroundings. Too many in Indiana don't care enough about the environment to prevent them from cluttering the countryside by carelessly tossing litter along the side of roadway

    April 18, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Lawmakers fail to act on the issue After several years of fretting over Indiana's ongoing methamphetamine problem, the Indiana General Assembly continues to struggle for a solution. The issue seems to come up every session, given that Indiana leader the nation in meth lab seizures. Bu

    April 17, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Constitutional convention won't work today There seems to be a growing idea that we need a Constitutional convention. That, of course, is the other way to change the Constitution. Amendments have been used 27 times to make changes, ranging from limiting the president's term of office to the d

    April 16, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Health care fraud can't go unchecked National health care spending tops $2.7 trillion annually. That leaves a lot of room, and temptation, for abuse of a bureaucracy that administers medical services. Medicare and Medicaid scams may cost taxpayers more than $98 billion each year. Health

    April 15, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Lessons from 2nd Fort Hood The shooting at Fort Hood last week has stirred up more debates about guns and mental health but adding little more than some oratorical dust. Consider these elements: • Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, who killed three and wounded 16 others before taking his

    April 10, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Fast lane for road projects Our interstate, national and state highways carry millions of people through and across Indiana each year. Those roadways form the physical connections among our communities. Not just people, but dollars. One state legislator says "half a trillion do

    April 9, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Doubts about Common Core doubts It wasn't the most solid week in the movement to swap out the school standards known as Common Core State Standards for a homegrown set of measures in Indiana. Sure, the General Assembly was able to get a bill to Gov. Mike Pence last month to scrap t

    April 8, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.