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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Valpo to use report to improve V-Line service

VALPARAISO | Without funding to expand Valparaiso's V-Line bus service beyond its city limits, Valparaiso is interested in a consultant's recommendations for improving the service within its borders.

August 09, 2014 4:30 pm
Workshop shines spotlight on solar power

Workshop shines spotlight on solar power

Building professionals peered at solar panels, poked at wires and peeked in breaker boxes at solar power installations across the region Tuesday to figure how how they can profit from the next big thing.

August 05, 2014 1:48 pm Photos

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Rooftop solar workshop scheduled

PORTAGE | The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is hosting a rooftop solar training workshop on Aug. 5 at its headquarters at 6100 Southport Road.

July 30, 2014 3:00 pm
Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

HAMMOND | Walkers, runners and cyclists can enjoy using two trails in the city without the concern of crossing busy streets.

July 07, 2014 6:22 pm Photos

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Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

Kathy Kazmierczak, of Hammond, center, and others cross the Erie Lackawanna Trail span over the 167th Street, Columbia and Southeastern intersection in Hammond just after its official opening Monday.

July 07, 2014 5:30 pm
MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

MITCH BARLOGA: Creating safe streets for our aging society

Aging is certainly inevitable, but the impact is greater today than at any time in the history of our country. Those born after World War II -- between 1946 and 1964 -- are affectionately described as the “baby boomer” generation, which in turn produced a huge spike in our population. Now th…

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Hobart officials discuss, plan transporation needs

HOBART | Relieving traffic congestion in Hobart could involve projects promoting nonmotorized transportation, city officials said.

June 24, 2014 5:10 pm

Illiana Expressway planners tap brakes

Just a few months ago, the Illiana Expressway appeared to be on a fast track to construction, but recent events have thrown some speed bumps in its way.

June 19, 2014 4:09 pm

Agency calls for AG to investigate RBA funds

The disability-rights agency Everybody Counts has asked Indiana Attorney Greg Zoeller to look into why the bulk of funds earned by a defunct bus service in Hammond were sent to other communities. 

June 17, 2014 2:30 pm

Winfield seeks consultant to draw pedestrian plan

WINFIELD | Winfield is still a small town but it is a busy one, which creates problems for pedestrians in its downtown.

June 16, 2014 8:35 pm
Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bicycle/pedestrian bridges on a grand scale are popping up across Northwest Indiana, changing the look and feel of a region best known in the past for big industrial plants belching smoke and not so much for healthy living.

June 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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IUN students partner with NIRPC for public policy project

PORTAGE | A dozen graduate students at Indiana University Northwest have teamed up with regional planners to learn more about the role of public participation in policy making.

June 07, 2014 12:00 am
MITCH BARLOGA: Experience region at night with Starlight Express Pass

MITCH BARLOGA: Experience region at night with Starlight Express Pass

Riding your bicycle at night offers an experience unlike during the day. The air feels different, as does your perspective on your surroundings. Having the darkness around you provides a special type of intimacy, which depending on your attitude toward the dark can either frighten or liberate you.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am

Everybody Counts contests use of RBA funds

The disability-rights agency Everybody Counts is questioning why a local planning agency took $506,207 earned by a defunct bus system serving Hammond and distributed the bulk of it to bus providers in South Lake and Porter County.

June 04, 2014 6:30 pm

NIRPC, Everybody Counts reach settlement

Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission have reached a settlement that appears to end more than 16 years of litigation but that probably won't end the bitter disagreements between the two.

June 02, 2014 5:00 pm
KATHY LUTHER: Create healthy lawn without poisoning water

KATHY LUTHER: Create healthy lawn without poisoning water

Now that we have parked our snowblowers in favor of lawnmowers, and traded our snow shovels for spades, it is time to talk about environmentally responsible gardening. Whatever patch of green you call home, whether it is a few patio planters, prize-winning veggies or acres of turf, how you t…

May 22, 2014 12:00 am

INDOT to take on winter-damaged roads

PORTAGE | The Indiana Department of Transportation plans a patching and repair blitz in Northwest Indiana to rehabilitate sections of roads "blown up" by this winter's severe weather.

May 15, 2014 4:30 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: NIRPC's agenda includes stifling critics

In February, I said the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was letting the whole community down. Its historical lack of transparency and failure to engage residents in setting priorities and making decisions about taxpayer money was outrageous.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am
NIRPC asked to form committee to improve buses

NIRPC asked to form committee to improve buses

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission eased up on its public comment policy Thursday, allowing advocates for people with disabilities to push for more action on bus service in the region.

May 14, 2014 3:46 pm Photos

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Group pitches migratory bird sanctuary to NIRPC committee

PORTAGE | A Porter County group hoping to turn a wetland destroyed by years of abuse and neglect into a migratory bird sanctuary turned to regional environmental planners for support on Thursday.

May 01, 2014 12:13 pm
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