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September 1, 2013

ED VASICEK: A dose of positive news

City to start on parking garage in weeks

News usually high-lights problems, crimes and disasters. And there are plenty to go around. Recently, for example, I read about an accidental gas-grill explosion that took the life of a volunteer in a Noblesville church. The lead pastor is a former floor mate of mine from my Moody Bible Institute days, so the accident was a bit close to home.

That same evening, Marylu and I had been invited to dine with some close friends. During the meal, the phone rang; their niece (who is the mother of a young child) had been in a car accident and it was uncertain whether she would survive. Bad news is not an endangered species.

Certainly folks at the core of tragedy have no interest in hearing good news. But the rest of us can become weary of the endless barrage of tragedy and disappointment. We need a dose of positive news.

So let’s go! I begin locally. The Kokomo Tribune covered the story about some fantastic changes that will further transform our downtown area:

“On the north side of Union Street, neighbors will be living five stories up, in apartments grouped atop a new downtown parking garage. On the other side of Union, a new downtown YMCA building will stand, carrying the torch passed from the 101-year-old former building to the north ...

“The news Monday, unveiled along with three-dimensional renderings, is that the greater part of that funding is in place. Groundbreaking will start in the next couple of weeks on a mixed-use parking garage/apartment development, and the Y construction will follow once the garage is complete.”

The pace of Kokomo’s development has been astronomical in recent years, yet the pace is escalating! Someone pressed the “fast forward” button when it comes to Kokomo’s transformation! There’s good news you can see!

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