It’s good to get out of town every now and then. Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Cornelius O'Brien Conference on Historic Preservation in Bloomington which was hosted by Indiana University and sponsored by the DHPA and Indiana Main Street Program.
It was my first extended stay in Bloomington. You can color me impressed.
The economic engine of 37,000 college students has dramatic impact to the city (I can only imagine what our downtown would look like were the IUS campus a bit closer).
Here are two of my highlights from the visit, which oddly aren’t directly related to preservation.
Walking Tour of New Construction*:
I thought these were three good examples of new construction in a downtown setting. This tour drew my attention, as I’m certain that more new construction is on the way to New Albany. Your thoughts on the designs?
*The Von Lee is a hybrid new construction – a lot of what you see on the first floor is from an older structure. The upper stories are new.
Indiana Artisan Program
If you are an artist interested in expanding your market you need to get a hold of Eric Freeman, Project Manager for the Indiana Artisan program. I’m serious - he wants to hear from you. Email him at Artisan@iac.in.gov or call 317-607-8715.
The program will promote handcrafted art, provide grant funding for business development, as well as help develop tourism related artisan related trails and outlets throughout the state.
Check it out.