Saturday, May 13, 2017

Greetings from La Jolla, California, where the Children's Pool is a treasured, though controversial, landmark


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection
Description on message side
CHILDREN'S POOL, LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
The Breakwater forming the Pool, was con-
structed and donated to the city by Miss Ellen
Scripps.  It is one of the most popular spots
for the small fry of the community.

But not all is sweetness and light.  There's this court case...

Children’s Pool disabled access suit headed to trial.  (San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/14/2015.)
The Sept. 30 ruling came in response to city attempts to end the litigation without a trial. The city had argued that adding a disabled ramp would destroy the historic integrity of Children’s Pool, a breakwater built in 1931 with a large wall designed to provide easier access to ocean swimming for young people.  

And the fact that harbor seals use the beach for a 'birthing room'. 

Ellen Browning Scripps biography

Other greetings:
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

Expensive lodgings planned for old brick building on East Washington in Madison



Photos by Retiring Guy


Boutique hotel proposed for long-vacant Mautz Paint building on East Washington.  (Madison.com, 5/4/20017)

Building/site timeline.
  • 1928.  Mautz Paints moves factory operations into building, located at 901 East Washington.
  • 2001.  Mautz bought by Sherman-Williams.
  • 2002.  Factory closes.
  • 2005.  Proposed Brink development, Archipelago Village, goes nowhere.  Included 27-story building with retail, office space, condominiums, a grocery store and parking.
  • 2011.  Hovde proposal for 200,000 square feet of commercial space and parking also goes nowhere.
  • 2011.  Ale Asylum decides not to locate is operations here.
  • 2014.  Scaled-down Brink proposal includes space for StartingBlock, an entrepreneurial start-up center, which is now under construction in the 800 block of East Washington.
  • 2014.  Brink takes another stab at it. 

Related posts:
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: AC Hotel Madison is open for business.  (5/5/2017)
HotelRED Update: It's a gray day for developer after Madison Plan Commission sez no more tiers.  (3/28/2017)
The Towering Isthmus: 'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)

UPDATE: The healthiest county in each Southern state: Oconee County, Georgia


Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)

Definitely a pattern of disparities developing in this series of posts.  Bordering the consolidated Athens-Clarke County, the 80th fastest-growing county in the U.S., Oconee County's population increased 354% since 1970, compared to a 81.4% decrease in Gadsden County, Georgia's least healthy, since its 1920 peak. Oconee's nonwhite population is 15.7% compared to 66.5% in Taliaferro.


Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Oconee County | 6.8%
  • Taliferro County | 33.5%
  • Georgia | 17.0%
  • U.S.  13.5%
    % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
    • Oconee County | 44.9%
    • Taliaferro County | 9.9%
    • Georgia | 28.8%
    • U.S. | 29.8%
    Median household income:
    • Oconee County | $72,182
    • Taliaferro County | $26,306
    • Georgia | $49,620
    • U.S. | $53,889


     Source:  Wikipedia


    Other posts in series.
    Shelby County, Alabama.  (5/10/2017)
    Benton County, Arkasnsas.  (5/11/2017)
    St. Johns County, Florida.  (5/12/2017)


    Original 3/31/2017 post starts here.

    The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

    Taliaferro County, Georgia.   Dipped below its initial 1830 census population during the 1940s.


    Source:  Wikipedia




    Other numbers
    % of population living in poverty
    • Taliferro County | 33.5%
    • Georgia | 17.0%
    • U.S.  13.5%
      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
      • Taliaferro County | 9.9%
      • Georgia | 28.8%
      • U.S. | 29.8%
      Median household income:
      • Taliaferro County | $26,306
      • Georgia | $49,620
      • U.S. | $53,889

      Taliaferro is part of a large swath of Black Belt counties in Georgia.

      Source:  ResearchGate

      Taliaferro Library (Bartram Trail Regional Library System)

      Other counties in series:
      Wilcox County, Alabama.  (3/30/2017)
      Phillips County, Arkansas.  (3/30/2017)
      Gadsden County, Florida.  (3/31/2017)


      Friday, May 12, 2017

      Traffic signals to be installed at Allen Boulevard and Maywood Avenue in Middleton



      Video by Retiring Guy

      The large building on the corner is Heritage Senior Living.

      Source:  City of Middleton

      There's been some pushback on Nextdoor.



      Baseball/softball training facility at Firefighters' Park in Middleton



      Photos by Retiring Guy


      Source:  City of Middleton

      Related link:
      Middleton Baseball Commission

      Drunk and on the road again in Wyocena


      Photo credit:  Portage Daily Register

      Reported in Wyocena man faces 15 years prison after arrest for alleged 13th OWI.  (Madison.com, 5/11/2017)

      Related article:
      Man gets 30 days for kicking child.  (Portage Daily Register, 6/3/2011)
      This guy's a professional menace.  A woman told police that Dolgner was intoxicated when he threatened her and a 6-year-old child, saying he was "going to bury them all," according to a criminal complaint.

      UPDATE: The healthiest county in each Southern state: St. Johns County, Florida


      Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)

      Located in the Jacksonville metro area, St. Johns is the 2nd fastest growing county in Florida and 15th-fastest in the U.S.  Its population having increased 638% since 1970, compared to a 17% increase in Gadsden County, Florida's least healthy, during the same period.  St. Johns' nonwhite population is 16.4% compared to 66.5% for Wilcox.


      Other numbers
      % of population living in poverty
      • St. Johns County | 9.8%
      • Gadsden County | 24.5%
      • Florida | 15.7%
      • U.S.  13.5%
        % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
        • St. Johns County | 42.1%
        • Gadsden County | 17.0%
        • Florida | 27.3%
        • U.S. | 29.8%
        Median household income:


        • St. Johns County | $66,194
        • Gadsden County | $35,567
        • Florida| $47,507
        • U.S. | $53,889

        Source:  Wikipedia


        Other posts in series.
        Shelby County, Alabama.  (5/10/2017)
        Benton County, Arkasnsas.  (5/11/2017)


        Original 3/31/2017 post, "The least healthy county in each Southern state:  Gadsden County, Florida", starts here.

        The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

        Gadsden County, Florida.  


        Source:  Wikipedia




        Other numbers
        % of population living in poverty
        • Gadsden County | 24.5%
        • Florida | 15.7%
        • U.S.  13.5%
          % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
          • Gadsden County | 17.0%
          • Florida | 27.3%
          • U.S. | 29.8%
          Median household income:
          • Gadsden County | $35,567
          • Florida| $47,507
          • U.S. | $53,889

          Other counties in series:
          Wilcox County, Alabama.  (3/30/2017)
          Phillips County, Arkansas.  (3/30/2017)


          Thursday, May 11, 2017

          Once upon a time, a hotel named Swastika didn't raise an eyebrow


          Source:  AAA Rocky Mountain Travel Direectory (1937)

          Related reading:
          Ghost Town Wednesday: Swastika, New Mexico.  (Digging History, 10/22/2014)
          Very apparently, based on the above advertisement.  Today, this would be considered an unfortunate name for a town, ghostly or otherwise. Believe it or not, years ago the swastika symbol was widely used. It was also used by Native American tribes like the Navajos, Hopis, Apaches and others (although later abandoned). The 45th Infantry Division of the United States military used the symbol until the 1930’s. Apparently, it was in wide use in the state of New Mexico, and not just by the Native Americans.

          Middleton Meadow Ridge apartment construction UPDATE: Fenced in




          4/17/2017 update, "Exterior work almost done on west side", starts here.



          3/12/2017 update, " Exterior work almost done on east and south sides", starts here.


          Photos by Retiring Guy



          1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments avaiable spring 2017.

          Two floor plans for 1-bedroom apartments



          1/14/2017 update, "Ready to be cladded", starts here.


          Rendering:  JT Klein Co.

          11/5/2016 update, "Window installation", starts here.


          Photos by Retiring Guy

          10/22/2016 update, "Abandoned volleyball court and Meadow Ridge Middleton," starts here.

          Meadow Ridge Middleton


          Photo by Retiring Guy

          10/10/2016 update, "Framing up to fourth (uppermost) floor at former Bowling Green site in Middleton", starts here.

          Photos by Retiring Guy


          9/1/2016 update, "Framing up to third floor at former Bowling Green site in Middleton", starts here.

          Looking across an abandoned softball field.


          8/5/2016 update, " Weed hill not permanent feature at former Bowling Green site in Middleton", starts here.



          July 9, 2016

          All photos by Retiring Guy




          June 18, 2016.

          From the Laura Lane (Beltline) side of the property.

          From the Parmenter Street side.


          May 16, 2016.  The site is located between Parmenter Street and the Beltline.


          Photos and video by Retiring Guy









          April 29, 2016 update starts here.


          Original 5/23/2015 post, "New Look Planned for This Lisa Lane Location", starts here.


          The site of the former Bowling Green on Lisa Lane in Middleton is being considered for the construction of a 4-story, 95-unit, multi-family apartment building.

          The Middleton Plan Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.


          Related article:
          The 11th Frame: Bowling Green in Middleton to close.  (Madison.com, 8/18/2011)
          The declining number of league bowlers perhaps made this inevitable, and Bowling Green is not the only local center to close in recent years — Hare's Towne Bowl, Verona Bowl, and Classic Lanes (Burr Oaks Bowl) all have closed in recent year.

          Cathryne Stewart Solock (1950-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1968



          The 'flip' hairstyle was a big deal at the time.

          1967 Warren City Directory
          1983 Warren City Directory

          'Cathryne' never made the list of top 100 baby names, so let's take a look at 'Elvin'.


          'Elvin' peaked at #286 in 1927, at which point he made a slow and increasingly unsteady decline, finally vanishing from sight after 2007.

          Other class of '68 members:
          Douglas Peterson.  (3/7/2017)
          Mary Lou Slack Schumann Hotaling.  (9/17/2015)
          William Leonard.  (2/7/2015)
          Douglas Coates.  (12/29/2014)
          Jennifer Robinault Morell.  (9/6/2014)
          Jacquelyn Johnston Malone.  (7/31/2014)
          Janet Vavala Smith.  (3/25/2014)