Archive for May 20th, 2008

by jhwygirl

This is really a non-post. I’m feeling guilty, as I won’t be getting anything up – other than this, I guess.

Spent the whole day and better part of the early evening making a tour of the rivers. Rising waters – some impressive show mother nature is putting on in the Bitterroot. An amazing difference just 24 hours makes – and now thunder and lightening and rains so hard that I had to slow down to 30 mph – so the next 24 (peak was expected at midnight) will be all the more interesting.

One property that I’ve been watching, I couldn’t get within 1/4 mile of the river – and I’ve got a pretty big truck. Up to the axles. Couldn’t risk it, too much water moving. Not puddling, but moving. Two bridges, and I’ve serious concern that neither will be there tomorrow. One is practically an absolute – it’s a old lumber and cribbing thing. I fully expect a good bit of the road to be gone too – but it really shouldn’t have been there anyways. Good riddance.

Both Victor and Bell Crossing were so swollen, it looked like a Louisiana swamp. Water as far as you could see – water with trees growing out of it. No dirt.

I was impressed with the show two years ago. Today I was out with some old timers, and we were all in awe.

Anyways – sure wish I had the awakeness to post some pics – or a video or two. I’m tired. Tomorrow, I promise.

Add floods, I guess, to that other list of volcanoes and earthquakes.

by jhwgirl

A coalition of neighborhoods, along with a grant by the Office of Neighborhoods coalition of neighborhoods, along with a grant by the Office of Neighborhoods is helping fund a visit by Eben Fodor, author of Better, Not Bigger: How To Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community tonight in the community room at the Missoula Children’s Theater. This is a review of his book.

The talk begins at 7 p.m.

Fodor will be discussing urban growth and community planning, in a discussion designed to help facilitate discussion with the city’s transportation and growth study, Envision Missoula, the Urban Fringe Development Area project (UFDA) (blogged about here), the Downtown Master Plan, and the two-year rewrite of zoning and subdivision regulations.

Here’s another of a dozen or more opportunities to participate in a discussion, to hear an expert, and to help inform yourself on planning issues from an expert who sees the kinds of things that we face here in Missoula in places all over the U.S. – a guy who might be able to provide us with some insight as to what has been successful in other places, and what things may have not been so successful.

It always amazes me how Missoulian’s seem to reinvent the wheel – and I’m not saying that we should be a version of some other fabulous place (like Seattle or Portland or Tacoma or Bozeman) – but it sure is smart, if you ask me, to inform yourself on how it is done in other places. Doesn’t it?

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