Category Archives: History

ICONIC GE SIGN FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The Sign! Sometimes we take things for granted. We drive by this sign on a regular basis, and it has been a part of our West Central “family” for so long, it is hard to imagine what that area will … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Corporations, Fort Wayne, History, Politics, West Central Neighborhood

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TAKES AIM AT WEST CENTRAL HOMES

The Redevelopment Commission has taken aim at an entire block of West Central homes located near Parkview Field.  Twelve of the 13 homes are either rentals or are vacant – owned by absentee landlords who have simply allowed them to … Continue reading

Posted in Context Sensitive Solutions, Fort Wayne, History, Local Government, Urban Development, West Central Neighborhood

SELMA, LORD, SELMA

I recently drove to Florida and took a detour to Alabama to see three civil rights memorials which had been on my mind for quite some time: 1) the Birmingham, Alabama,  location of the jail where Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, History, Human Rights, Rights and Liberties, Statues and Monuments, The Sixties | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

RIFKIN ROLLS IN DURING THE DARK OF NIGHT TO DEMOLISH DEPOT

Quick – think of things that are done in the middle of the night.  A third shift job?  Breaking into a home?  A little lovey-dovin?  Halloween pranks?  Now,  another, quite unusual activity can be added to that fairly short list … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Fort Wayne, History, Local Government, Railroads | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

THE REMNANT TRUST – WORDS THAT CHANGED HISTORY

I am not shy about my love of books. I have my own library of somewhere around 800 books, and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. I love to stop in at Borders and browse the bargain books, and … Continue reading

Posted in Fort Wayne, History, Literature | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

KOSOVO TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE – RISING FROM THE RUINS OF YUGOSLAVIA

Kosovo is on the verge of declaring its independence from Serbia: a momentous occasion, yet most Americans will be too absorbed in the current political scene to pay any attention. Many will be thinking about whether or not Obama lacks … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Europe, History, War | 4 Comments

WHERE ARE OUR YOUNGINS? IS ACTIVISM TIED TO THE DRAFT?

Conscription is a system to provide manpower to be used in the armed forces. In the United States, conscription was introduced in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 1863 Enrollment Act permitted draftees to hire paid substitutes … Continue reading

Posted in History, Iraq, Middle East, The Sixties, Uncategorized, Vietnam War, War | 4 Comments

TOWERING OVER ALL – THE CELL PHONE TOWER CONTROVERSY

Zoning officials today are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to siting cellular-phone towers or other antenna installations. Although legally, local authorities cannot refuse them or attempt to design zoning regulations based on health effects, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Cities and Towns, History, Politics, Statues and Monuments, Technology, West Central Neighborhood | 6 Comments

IT’S BAAAACK!! THREE RIVERS PARADE TO RETURN TO WEST CENTRAL

Yes, the Three rivers Festival Parade will once again grace our fair neighborhood. The last time the parade wound its way through West Central was 2002. The next year was the Flood of 2003, and Thieme Drive, the route of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Fort Wayne, History, Thieme Drive, Three Rivers Festival, West Central Neighborhood | 3 Comments

THIEME DRIVE – SAFE FOR NOW

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Thieme Drive and the St. Marys River, both of which are within a few dozen feet of my front door. In July 2003, we experienced what was labeled a “100-year” flood event with … Continue reading

Posted in Cities and Towns, Environment, Floods, Fort Wayne, History, Rivers, St. Marys River, Thieme Drive | 3 Comments