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Duncan Boarders Start Getting Help Finding New Homes; Buyer Confirms Deal

by Paul Bass & Allan Appel | Aug 7, 2017 4:56 pm | Comments (47)

Paul Bass Photos The housing authority’s relocation team Monday began meeting with 45 boarders at the Duncan Hotel as the 123-year-old landmark readies a transition to an upscale university-themed establishment.

Longtime boarders like Elaine Sands, meanwhile, began packing — and wondering if they can still find a downtown room for $200 a week or less.

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“Parking For Democracy” Loses Its Spot

by Allan Appel | Aug 3, 2017 7:42 am | Comments (29)

Allan Appel PhotoA controversial proposal to seek to increase participation in meetings at City Hall by making about 90 coveted metered spots on Orange, Elm, and Church streets free from to 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday nights has gotten lost in the never-ending general debate about what to do with parking downtown.

(Update: Wednesday night, at a meeting of a city parking working group, the major players agreed to a compromise plan that will now move ahead for approval. Click here to read a story about that by the Register’s Mary O’Leary.)

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Call It The “Summer Of Loving”

by Allan Appel | Jul 28, 2017 7:55 am

Allan Appel Photo On May 15, 1967, the Black Panther Defense Minister Huey Newton wrote, “Politics is war without bloodshed. War is politics with bloodshed.” On July 29 of the same year, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, appointed to head President Johnson’s national commission on civil disorders, after the Detroit riots, called the “the war on poverty and discrimination” a continuation of the American Revolution.

In between, on June 12, a landmark unanimous Supreme Court decision declared “marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man” and thereby ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage. That decision, Loving v. Virginia, is the title and trigger for “1967: The Summer of Loving,” a small but illuminating exhibition of books, photographs, and paper ephemera.

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