1. I grew up in Gary and back in the day it was a wonderful and vibrant place to live. It's so hard to see what it has become. I am all for any effort to revitalize the city. Yes, there are many things that have been tried and failed but whether you realize or not Gary is the cornerstone of northwest Indiana and if Gary fails the fallout will be on all the surrounding areas as well. College students from outside the area have the ability to think outside the box, come up with unique solutions and are not bitter as many of the comments seem to be. When the recession hit in the '70's resulting in mass lay offs and "white flight" Gary never recovered. Its unfortunate that its reputation has been so damaged over the years. If they are going to bring the city back from the brink that means wooing companies into the city. In order to do that they have to clean up the streets first--that will be a monumental task but not impossible. Bringing companies on board means having the workforce talent to fill the jobs. IUN and PUC has plenty of bright people --but they need to be enticed to live and work in the area. Its a problem with Indiana as a whole--kids get their education and then leave the state. I also believe in revitalizing the lake front--we have Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes right outside our door yet we are one of the few areas that really takes advantage of our lakefront.
    September 26, 2012 3:43 pm on University of Chicago, former Mayor Daley team up to help Gary
  2. Ram--your strange logic never ceases to amaze me. Its funny that now you see her backyard everyday?? Why is that?? Could it be they cut down her trees to build the worlds ugliest bike bridge?? I think YES!
    August 08, 2012 10:10 am on Porter resident fights plan for pathway through her yard
  3. Ram Milport--you have got to be kidding me with that repy--invest in some blinds?? That's laughable .Like I said earlier --I didnt even know a house was there before they built this thing because there were so many trees, so to say she had no privacy already is just crazy. Using that logic nobody who lives on a busy street has the right to expect privacy. And now your criticizing her for making improvements to her property over a ten year period???
    August 07, 2012 3:01 pm on Porter resident fights plan for pathway through her yard
  4. Well said SisterSledge!! In fact, the scenario you paint about peering into their family room is sadly probably right on target. The town pointing fingers is another great point--how much money did they drain adding that roof ($100,000!!!!)--as well as countless meetings redoing the plans-at taxpayers expense over ten years. I have talked to more than a few people who have said they hate that bridge which totally disrupts--not enhances-- the beauty of the area. They could have EASILY done what most towns do and built a regular bike path surrounded by trees--that were already there and problably hundred years old-and the white lines indicating a bike path crossing with a stop light--talk about saving tax payer money!!!! It leaves me to wonder who designed this bridge--maybe the town and get there money back and plant some trees!!!
    August 07, 2012 11:45 am on Porter resident fights plan for pathway through her yard
  5. The needs of the many out way the needs of the few--until its you! And in this case the property owner IS concerned about not just her property values but those of everyone in the neighborhood. I have been by this bike bridge many, many times and it is not a nice meandering bike trail; it is a HUGE wooden eyesore that looks more like a water slide gone bad than a bike bridge--and is about the same size!! There is not one person who would want this in their yard--but I guess as long as its someone else's yard its okay--its their problem right? You can also tell that when they built this bridge they had to cut down ALOT of trees ; I didnt even know there was a house there before the bridge. Now when I drive by I can see into her yard. The homeowners had been completely robbed of any sense of privacy. It seems to me that all she is asking for is for some trees so that people riding their bikes can't look into her house. I am willing to bet that this will never happen at or near a politician's house.I agree with the homeowner-- THE TOWN OF PORTER NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GIVE THESE PEOPLE BACK THEIR PRIVACY-PLANT SOME TREES!
    August 07, 2012 10:09 am on Porter resident fights plan for pathway through her yard
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