Saturday, May 27, 2017

Does West Virginia matter any more? Probably not since 1950

Source:  Wikipedia

This guy certainly doesn't.  (Talk about deer in the headlights!)

Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal.  (The New York Times, 5/26/2017)

Related post:
Looking for a Job in Mining: Be the First Robot in Line.  (3/2/2013)

Richard Suppa (1934-2017) Warren High School class of 1952

1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Suppa Joan T Mrs clk Wards h21 Elk
  • Suppa Richd G (Durelle) weld mech Sylvania hHighland dr
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Suppa Durelle Mrs ofc sec Wrn State Hosp h54 Highland Dr
  • Suppa Joan T Mrs retd H21 Elk St
  • Suppa Lesey [sic]studt r54 Highland Dr
  • Suppa Michael studt r54 Highland Dr
  • Suipa Richd G & Durelle; machi opr G T E Sylvania h54 Highland Dr

The popularity of 'Richard' as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's look at Leslie.

Like Gary, Leslie experienced a topsy-turvy start in the 20th century, although she never quite reached the same heights.  Nevertheless, she has spent 41 years in the top 100 (1953-55, 1957-1988, 1999-2004), peaking at #56 in 1961.  Lately, though, things aren't looking very good for her.

Other class of '52 grads:
Neil Siefert.  (4/18/2017)
Mary Anne Handest McHenry.  (3/23/2017)
Reynold Flatt.  (2/27/2017)
Donald Merkle.  (9/23/2016)
Minnie Bonavita Miller.  (6/10/2016)
Myra Wilson Babcock.  (5/19/2016)
Norma Pierce Nielsen.  (4/6/2016)
Santo 'Sam' Pascuzzi.  (2/14/2016)
Glenn Culbertson.  (10/23/2015)
Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)

From the Madison Public Library clippings files: Regent Street extension beyond Rosa Road, another bad idea left on the drawing board

From the 6/5/1960 Wisconsin State Journal

The view on Regent Street near Merrill Crest Drive, looking east toward Whitney Way.

All photos by Retiring Guy

From the terrace, looking west toward Rosa Road.  In 1960, Regent Street would have ended at the point not far beyond where the pavement disappears behind the trees.

From Regent & South Kenosha Drive.  Based on the 1960 aerial photo,  the 1960s extension begins up the hill.  

Looking at the intersection of Regent Street and Rosa Road, the point at where the early 1960s extension ends.

Where Anchorage Avenue, orange arrow on map below, ends.

As the 1960 article notes:  Using Regent st. as a major highway to the west came into discussion in Madison several years ago, when the University of Wisconsin and University ave. merchants objected to the widening of University ave.  Use of Regent st. was proposed at that time and the widening plan was killed.

A gulley west of Rosa Road kept Regent Street from becoming a major arterial to the west.  Its extension would have probably extended in the direction of the yellow arrow, continuing into the Faircrest neighborhood, most of which developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Related post:
From the Madison Public Library clippings files: Drake Street extension, a bad idea left on the drawing board.  (5/26/2017)

The healthiest county in each Midwestern state: Platte County, Missouri

 'Midwest' as defined by this map.

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

Part of the Kansas City MO/KS metro area, Platte County is one of Missouri's fastest-growing counties.  Its population has increased 542% since 1950, compared to a 63% decrease in Pemiscot County, Missouri's unhealthiest, since its 1940 peak.  Platte County residents are nearly four times as likely as Pemiscot residents to have a bachelors degree.

Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Platte County | 7.6%
  • Pemiscot County | 28.0%
  • Missouri | 14.0%
  • U.S.  13.5%
    % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
    • Platte County | 40.4%
    • Pemiscot County | 11.7%
    • Missouri | 27.1%
    • U.S. | 29.8%
    Median household income:
    • Platte County | $68,254
    • Pemiscot County | $29,238
    • Missouri | $61,492
    • U.S. | $53,889

    Source:  Wikipedia

    Other posts in this series:
    Monroe County, Illinois.  (5/21/2017)
    Hamilton County, Indiana.  (5/22/2017)
    Sioux County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
    Johnson County, Kansas.  (5/24/2017)
    Ottawa County, Michigan.  (5/25/2017)
    Carver County, Minnesota.  (5/26/2017)

    Original 4/14/2017 post starts here.

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

    Pemiscot County, Missouri.  Since 1940, its population has declined 63%.

    Source:  Wikipedia

    Other numbers
    % of population living in poverty
    • Pemiscot County | 28.0%
    • Missouri | 14.0%
    • U.S.  13.5%
      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
      • Pemiscot County | 11.7%
      • Missouri | 27.1%
      • U.S. | 29.8%
      Median household income:
      • Pemiscot County | $29,238
      • Missouri | $61,492
      • U.S. | $53,889
      The least healthy county in each Southern state.

      Friday, May 26, 2017

      Middleton competes in the Madison marketplace

      A panorama of views.  This one from the corner of the lanes of Lisa and Laura.

      Proposed public market in Middleton could open before Madison's market.  (Capital Times, 5/26/2017)
      The Treysta Group is proposing a massive mixed-used development in Middleton, called the “Middleton Market,” which would include a public market along with retail and housing. It’s in the early process of city approvals, but it’s aiming to open by the end of 2018, edging out Madison’s public market 2019 projected opening date.

      From the middle of the block between Parmenter Street and Laura Lane.

      From behind the Purple Cow Organics buildings.

      McKenzie Place UPDATE: Once again, two recent views from the Sherman Avenue side of the building


      Regular frame

      4/1/2017 update, " Two recent views from the Sherman Avenue side of the building", starts here.

      Photos by Retiring Guy

      2/18/2017 update, "As seen from Burrows Park", starts here.

      Let's zoom in a bit

      Burrows Park, Madison WI

      1/10/2017 update, "Windows installed, cladding underway", starts here.

      Photo by Retiring Guy

      Rendering found at

      11/10/2016 update,  "It's across the street from Kappel's Clock Shop", start here.

      1-bedroom floor plan
      Source:  Apartment Guide

      1-bedroom apartment with den

      3 bedrooms each with its own bath and walk-in closet

      All photos by Retiring Guy

      In busisness at this location since 1973.    Kappel’s Clock Shop touts itself as the largest antique clock shop in the Midwest, and it wears that distinction with pride. Long ago, Kappel chose to eschew technological advances.

      8/26/2016 update, "Building framing underway at Sherman-Fordem triangle" (McKenzie Place), starts here.

      iPhone panorama

      6/14/2016 update, " Excavation and foundation work begin at 'just way too big' development at Sherman & Fordem triangle intersection, starts here.

      Latest series of photos taken today from a variety of perspectives.

      Looking north along Sherman Avenue.

      Looking north from a point closer to Fordem Avenue.

      Looking southwest from Fordem Avenue.

      Looking south from the point of the Sherman-Fordem triangle.

      2/29/2016 update, "Mackenzie Place development at a standstill", starts here.

      The site, cleared and fenced.  (Sunday, February 27, 2016)

      Since last August, there has been the obligatory neighborhood outcry.

      Neighbors criticize proposed apartment building at Sherman and Fordem: 'It's just way too big' . (Capital Times, 9/12/2015)

      After which, adjustments are made.

      Proposed development at Sherman and Fordem avenues OK'd at lower height.  (Capital Times, 10/3/2015)

      City of Madison DPCED Planning:  2017-2249 Sherman Avenue.

      Original 8/13/2015 post, "Sherman-Fordem triangle to get a new look", starts here.

      The McKenzie Place redevelopment plan also includes underground parking and 6700 square feet of retail space.  (2 renderings accompany CT article.)

      Three abandoned buildings, including the former National Food Stores grocery (at center right), and lots of weeds now occupy this space.

      Photo by Retiring Guy

      60-unit apartment building proposed for corner of Fordem and Sherman avenues.  (Capital Times, 8/12/2014)

      When preservationists go overboard.
      The Fish & Schulkamp building, opened in 1948 as a National Food Stores location, has some historic value, the city's Landmarks Commission said. At its May 11 meeting, the commission passed a motion expressing regret for the loss of the building, which it said was "a good representation of a 1950s commercial building."

      Even though it was built in the late 1940s.