Dress rehearsal

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
While it may look like something from a musical theater set, the creation being assembled Monday at the corner of Bloomington and Anderson streets is a prototype for the new DePauw University campus entrance coming soon. DePauw officials were trying to get a feel for the size and scope of the entryway before submitting drawings to the state for approval (necessary due to its placement along U.S. 231). The prototype of plywood and two-by-fours -- to be replaced ultimately by bricks and mortar -- cover a width of 32 feet on either side of Anderson Street. The columns standing 15.5 feet high create an archway over the existing sidewalk. At a recent Stellar Grant public meeting, DePauw President Brian Casey said the Anderson Street project was moved from the back burner to the front burner to serve as an example of how other streetscapes in the campus area might appear.

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  • DePauw President Brian Casey said the Anderson Street project was moved from the back burner to the front burner to serve as an example of how other streetscapes in the campus area might appear.

    But of course it was.

    -- Posted by exhoosier2 on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 6:54 AM
  • They got the money for this donated to them in 1995. The original structure was planned to be an arch over College Ave. immediately south of Seminary. The city denied that request because the clearance would be too low for delivery trucks. Of course, just a few years later, the city approved the closure of that section of College Ave. (and the loss of about 50 parking spaces).

    The moral of the story is: Anderson St. residents, don't try to stop this project because you might not like the end result.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 8:03 AM
  • How many houses need to be tore down for this to happen?

    -- Posted by illudo illusi illusum on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 8:11 AM
  • What does someone from "Clovertucky" know?? For one thing there weren't 50 parking spaces lost as that was a narrow section of roadway that only had parking on one side and it only served the campus. I don't see that anyone was hurt by the closure. The land on which this archway is to be constructed is already vacant and owned by DPU.

    -- Posted by rosco&ginger on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 9:00 AM
  • Looking good! Now, when is the state going to re-surface this section of 231 and all the way north of town? What are the plans for the city to resurface the Indpls Road? The streets are in terrible shape in town and winter is just beginning! All the new improvements will be ignored if the streets are not fixed also!

    -- Posted by senior townee on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 11:23 AM
  • Waste of money. Put those funds toward a parking garage.

    -- Posted by LangdonUlger on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 2:45 PM
  • Any one who comes up to the square around 7:30-8am will be able to see court house employees parking ALL around the square. After counting 30 employees parking around the court house on 11/10 I have to wonder if we really have a parking problem or just the inability to enforce parking rules. I ask the mayor and the Banner to just come by some day around 4pm and watch them come out the east side, climb into their cars that have sit onthe square all day without tickets, and go home. Yeah we have a parking probles and a new garage will not solve it.

    -- Posted by Sharon@hotmail.com on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 8:16 AM
  • Sharon

    What does this have to do with the depauw story. LangdonUlger posted about a parking garage for DePauw. That would't change things for parking around the square. The money used for the DePauw entry is a grant just for that only.

    -- Posted by theduke2 on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 11:49 AM
  • Theduke2

    Hey, what does fixing roads have to do with the DePauw Arches, my comment had to do with parking which several people made comments about. We have parking problems downtown as DePauw has on campus.

    Not only that, I think the downtown parking is a very serious problem, and voicing concern about it in any story is my right.Talking to the mayor, the police and court house employees does not seem to work, so I'm speaking here and in any other story that has to do with the improvment of the city. Ulger did not say DePauw parking Garage.

    -- Posted by Sharon@hotmail.com on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 2:36 PM
  • rosco&ginger, I was an employee of Depauw at the time that stretch of College Ave. was closed, and I regularly parked along College or in the Asbury Hall parking lot. The 25 or so spots directly along College weren't the only ones lost when that road was closed.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Mon, Dec 12, 2011, at 12:21 PM
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