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ï There will be no downtown library service in October and November. The Central Library will be closed during this time so that its collection can be moved to temporary quarters in the former Indiana State Museum building at 202 N. Alabama St. The move is necessitated by the beginning of construction for the $104 million library expansion. Groundbreaking for the expansion takes place at 10 a.m., Sept. 27. Construction is projected to take three years. ï Chicago got painted cows. Washington, D.C., has donkeys and elephants. Indianapolis will have race cars. Presented by the 500 Festival, CARburetion is a special event art project aimed at bringing artists and the racing scene together. Selected artists will be given a blank racing car as their canvas. Next May, these Indy 500 "art car" replicas will be publicly displayed on our streets and other sites throughout the city. But local artists are needed to make this happen. Artists need to submit an application with a concept drawing to the 500 Festival by Sept. 3, 2002. For more information about how to submit an application, visit their Web site at http://www.500festival.com/race_weekend/floatacious.cfm.
ï On July 31, INDOT is planning to release a large, long-awaited document called the "Draft Environmental Impact Statement" for I-69. This key document - the most important in the planning process - is the culmination of more than $9 million of INDOT consultant fees and two and a half years of work. It will evaluate the handful of routes chosen by INDOT for a new I-69 highway between Indianapolis and Evansville. The document will be up to 1,000 pages long (not including hundreds of pages of supporting documents). INDOT"s final decision on the route for I-69 (expected in the next six to nine months) will be based largely on the public comment and review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Despite the length and complexity of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, INDOT is planning to allow only 60 days for Hoosiers to review and comment on the document. Sixty days is a full month shorter than the 90 days INDOT allowed for public comments on the 1996 draft environmental impact statement for I-69; it is also much shorter than the 115 days INDOT allowed last year for comments on the draft EIS for the project to construct more bridges across the Ohio River near Louisville.
ï Moving into the future Ö backwards. The amount of recycled material taken to Indianapolis drop-off sites has declined for three years in a row. Fewer than 6 percent of the city"s households participate in the city"s voluntary curbside recycling program, which can cost residents an extra fee of up to $5 a month depending on the hauler.
ï According to the Indiana Department of Revenue, 149,230 workers regularly commute to Marion County from eight neighboring counties. By contrast, only 22,073 workers commute from Marion County to Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hendricks, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson and Morgan counties. The largest number of commuters (39,309) reside in Hamilton County.
ï Sami Awad, executive director of Holy Land Trust-Palestine, will be in Indianapolis for a speaking tour. His subject: viable non-violent solutions in the Middle East. The purpose of the tour is to present a first-hand account of life in Palestine (Awad lives and works in Bethlehem) and raise support for programs assisting families, especially children. Awad is a key participant in the Palestinian non-violence resistance movement and directs programs to strengthen and improve the lives of children, families and communities. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Public dialogue is encouraged. Where: Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th St. (corner of Broadway and Fall Creek Parkway). When: Thursday, Aug. 1, 7-8 p.m. For more info, call (317) 327-7144.