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Downtown Kokomo – Project Park Bench 2012

This month, artist design benches have shown up within downtown Kokomo. The Kokomo Perspective notes that the artists’ theme was “reinvention” and can be seen in many of the benches and were in accordance with the Kokomo Artisan Experience earlier this month. Some benches deciphered reinvention as the improvement of technology bringing a brighter future, while other benches toted earth-friendly and sustainable methods of reinvention.

The benches will be relocated throughout town in city parks and along multi-use paths such as the Industrial Heritage Trail and the Wildcat Walk of Excellence. The timing and theme is somewhat ironic as Mayor Greg Goodnight had interviews and taping this week with CNN Money’s Poppy Harlow on the resurgence of Kokomo in this rough economy.

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UPDATE: Sycamore Commons Convenience Store proposed for “Manetoowa” Parcel

"Manetoowa" sitting in front of the proposed site (Image: http://www.waymarking.com)

According to a article in the Kokomo Tribune on 12/20/11, Fortune Management is proposing to build a convenience store on the lot where the Indian Maiden statue is currently located. The development could provide everyday necessities that would normally not be within walking distance for people living east of downtown. The project is also located at an important automobile and bicycling route within downtown Kokomo, which “ups the stakes,” creating certain expectations on a currently empty site. Continue reading

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UPDATED: New Mural along the Wildcat Walk of Excellence

Finished Mural (Image: Ross Pierce 10/21/11)

There is a new mural in town along the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence in downtown Kokomo.

It is located along the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence near it’s intersection with Union Street. In my opinion, the mural is pretty cool. I like the use of color, and the contrast between the bright colors and the black. Although I’m unsure how I feel about the black wispy tree, or what I assume is a tree that flows behind the Native American’s back. The idea of celebrating Native Americans in the Midwest isn’t anything new, but this mural is nice take of the idea and it celebrates our heritage as a city, after all, we are supposedly named after an indian chief. Its location is on a building in what used to be the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company Buildings, an early car manufacturer.

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Opinion Post: Buckeye Street Mural

Mural on Buckeye Street (Image: Ross Pierce 7/5/11)

I want your opinion. I am on the fence about this new mural in downtown Kokomo. The mural took the place of parts of boarded up old windows on a building on Courthouse Square. Continue reading

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