Normally, this time of year, we'd take to the streets on fast bikes and fatbikes, kid bikes and cargo bikes, and load our bags and boxes with food for local Topeka pantries. But it's not safe to gather in groups right now, and it's not good practice to be going from one location to another, … Continue reading Cranksgiving fundraiser 2020
Bikeways Phase IV Connections Detail (more info here) The Topeka City Council is voting tonight on whether to apply for funding from KDOT to support Phase IV of the Topeka Bikeways plan. This phase makes critical connections in several parts of the city, including improvements on the Kansas Avenue bridge, connections in North Topeka, several … Continue reading Write your City Council today!
Guest post by Michael Bellin response to Suburban Renewal "Slums," as well as blight, is ALWAYS in the eye of the beholder. The 2005 SCOTUS decision in Kelo v. New London made the view of municipalities the preeminent view when it enabled eminent domain for economic development (PDF). Topeka’s foundational neighborhoods aren’t so much blighted as neglected. … Continue reading Reader Response to “Suburban Renewal”
Topeka has its challenges and opportunities. Challenge: Institutional racism and racist policies have made life hard for people of color in Topeka. Opportunity: Both our state and our Capital City have proud traditions of abolition and liberation. Challenge: Our city budget is stretched — We need to grow our tax base to fund existing city … Continue reading Suburban Renewal: Depopulating Downtown Topeka
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