Posts Tagged ‘Baraboo River’

Team Clingman reports! Part 1

Nice trip over all. As myself and others drove and talked to the public around the Baraboo River as we sought to understand how the plan for the Baraboo River that the City of Baraboo O.K. that was written in part Vandewalle (as I understand it) has worked out for the City of Baraboo.

Well IMHO not very well, the area of the Baraboo River that the Baraboo plan looks at well to me is a slum a run down small town slum I can not see ANYTHING that the Baraboo plan called for being done. None of the score of residents I talked to knew of any objectives being met by the plan.  This is truly a worry since Baraboo unlike Racine is not land locked and is growing if Baraboo has issues getting this plan started what is Racine going to do and we are Land Locked and our population is decreasing unlike Baraboo who is growing. Baraboo is thought by many to have Good Schools unlike Racine and many who think that RUSD is well as my neighbor said “evil”

No action has been made other then a group meeting to talk about a Train to Madison in that effort. Like Racine the idea of Rail mass transit is a dream.

However there is a group trying to keep rail transport  service going into the Baraboo area. I do hope that works.

The biggest shock I saw was when your by the Square Baraboo looks like a neat cool place. We even saw African Americans, and they were not being bothered! When you go by the River away from the Downtown Baraboo looks like a well a  dirty slum kinda like many parts of Racine (Center and Mead) does to me.

The City of Baraboo owns lots of properties and looking to sell them to developers if I understood what I was told by the City Administrator there has been little interest.

Yet I understand from Vandewalle that our Root River Plan is going to talk off. Somehow with unknown developers with unknown investment by unknown parties.

Well as I see it the Baraboo Plan in a big FAIL. I do hope the City can get its money back but I think not.

I will say this The City of Baraboo is as I see it far more interested in new ideas then the City of Racine and far more open.

I am very temped to take photos of the sites this plan calls for being developed they do but Baraboo like Racine does not have the cash. Nor it looks like to me outside interested parties. Once again anyone can werite a plan and say great things are happening. However after years of the Baraboo plan on the books nothing has. Will this be the fate of the RootWorks plan too?

Baraboo Trip with Team Clingman!

Because of the long weekend, I will be going to Baraboo WI with members of like minded folks that I call team Clingman to do more investigations into if and how the work done by Vandewalle for the city has paid off.

See, if I can find how work Vandewalle did in Baraboo has helped that City, perhaps I can understand how/if RootWorks will help Racine,WI. As you know I have my worries from is this nothing more then Good Old Boys patting each other on the back to will the Racine Police force be gutted to pay for an Ice Rink for the rich and white?

This may be an unfair comparison, since IMHO Baraboo WI. is not a raciest City and Racine WI is.

In some ways they are too much the same Some in Baraboo want not a freight train line maintained (a good thing I think) but a Commuter Train created with some of the reasoning behind KRM. Sigh

So off Team Clingman goes to glory!


Upcoming Baraboo trip I ask about Vandewalle & Associates

This weekend Will be back in Baraboo for the funeral of a close Kinsman,this will bring a great deal of folks together both other Kin and Business types as he was rather active in the area until his death. This is the town I lived in until we moved to Madison and I still have strong roots here.

This will give me a great opportunity to talk to them and ask around the city of Baraboo about the Baraboo Riverfront Redevelopment Plan as written by Vandewalle & Associates and adopted by the City of Baraboo 8/2006.

I will start out by saying the River Walk path looks nice and I do see folks walk on it as I have. I do enjoy looking at the River and the wildlife that uses it for habitat.

However the river front of the Baraboo River as it runs in the City looks well like a slum. Its been 6 years since this plan was adopted by the City of Baraboo and the ideas this plan calls for like Housing near or on the River and an Ice Rink (PP 12) is NOT there.

Baraboo is not Racine it is not land locked, it does not have the high crime or other issues that Racine faces. So what the hell happened? I hope this weekend I can find that out or at least know who to talk to.

I am floored by what well what both plans call for:

A Train: here pushing for KRM, in Baraboo a Train to run to Madison

Housing: Both call for Housing along the Rives in Baraboo no visible effort

I could go on and most likely do a further post on this when I get back. I got to say after reading the Baraboo plan I have much less faith in Vandewalle & Associates. Might this just be a Pied Piper of Urban planing? Write it they will come we think or maybe one writes what your paymaster wants to hear?
Maybe I should take and post photos of the Barboo River front and ask what….?

My Thanks to the City Administrator of Baraboo for all his time on the phone.

New Visit to Baraboo

As you may know I have kin in Baraboo WI. once again after visiting them I found myself in  the City talking to residents about there plan for the Baraboo River.

They like us understand that they have a great resource and want to use it for the highest use for everyone. I have not and think I will not see the racism I  myself see with our (Racine WI) Downtown. Best of all is how I see just plain folk want to see the best possible outcome.

I by chance got to meet the owners of one of the larger businesses in Baraboo, they have IMHO great plans on what they can do with the River to expand what they are doing to expand and create more jobs in the Baraboo area.

After I talk about what I see going on here in Racine with the Root River they were able to guess that our Mayor John Dickert is a Democrat, swear  I did not tell them.

Bonus points to them is there interest in Buying local and the idea of helping to form a Restaurant Supported Ag outlet of some type.  LOt of cool things going on in Baraboo, what I really thought was neat was my understanding that the city of Baraboo wants to help bring business to that town vs Micromanaging  companies out of town.