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Polly McMullen to Head Back West

October 24, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Downtown Lincoln Association president Polly McMullen is headed back to San Francisco after 10 years in Lincoln. Under McMullen’s leadership the DLA has been an active and powerful force in shaping policy and development decisions in and around the downtown area. Ms. McMullen deserves a lot of credit for her hard work and dedication to her task.

The Blue Vest Explosion

October 24, 2007 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I can’t believe it took us eons to get our first Wal-Mart, and now, by 2009, we may have four. At least the fourth store—proposed at Highway 77 and Warlick Boulevard—shouldn’t see as much opposition as the third at 84th and Adams.

Goodhue Gets Another Honor

October 23, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Good ol’ Bertram Goodhue has been in the news a lot lately. First he gets a street named after him, and now one of his star creations, the Nebraska State Capitol, has ranked as the 67th favorite piece of architecture by the American Institute of Architects. See the full list (PDF).

Hat tip: KLIN News.

Somebody at the LJS is a Monty Python Fan

October 23, 2007 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Apparently some LJS staffer caught The Holy Grail on television recently and they were just dying to squeeze a black knight joke into a story. Well, maybe I’m just reading too much into the wording. Could be. But I prefer the Monty Python angle.

End of (School) Days?

October 23, 2007 at 1:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Board of Education meets today to decide the fate of Hawthorne and Dawes. What’s your druthers? What’s your prediction?

I think Hawthorne’s fate is clear: it will close as an elementary school and be reused for another educational purpose. My guess is it will eventually house the Bryan Community, and perhaps other programs like the vocational assessment center. As far as I’ve been able to determine, those sound like good uses for the building.

The confusion swirling around the closing of Dawes makes that school’s future uncertain. That is why I cannot support the school’s closure at this time. The status quo may not be perfect, but at least it’s a known quantity. School Board members are still far too wishy-washy on Dawes for me to trust them to close the school without unexpected long- (or even short-) term consequences.

Down By the Bay

October 22, 2007 at 5:51pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I heard a rumor that Manila Bay has reopened Downtown near Kuhl’s. Can any of you Downtown regulars help confirm that?

El Rancho

October 22, 2007 at 3:33pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Had an opportunity to eat at El Rancho (27th and O st.) last week, and also met the family which owns it, who relocated from Los Angeles to Lincoln a few years ago. Although El Rancho offers the usual lunch special suspects, we opted to try some of the specials. The son recommended the Arrachera Poblana (grilled steak smothered with cheese and mild peppers) and Pollo Estilo Norteño (strips of grilled chicken breast with peppers, mushrooms, and tortillas – pictured above). How was the food? I will let this drool-worthy photo speak for itself.

We left El Rancho absolutely stuffed and barely able to walk through the parking lot. Great food, friendly service, and nice atmosphere. I will definitely be going back.

The “Best” of Lincoln

October 22, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

KFOR‘s annual Best of Lincoln supplement is in the print copy of today’s Journal Star. Sorry paper-phobic folks; KFOR hasn’t yet joined the 21st Century, so no online version for you.

Although a Best of Lincoln designation makes for great advertising, the awards are really more about name-recognition and absolute number of customers than quality, value, and service. Every year some categories are right on, while others seem laughably out-of-whack. Half the fun of looking through the supplement is judging for yourself how screwy your friends’ and neighbors’ tastes really are. Just one example: in “Fast Food”, Burger King placed third. Really, Lincoln? Out of all of the fast food options in town, Burger King is the third best? I find that difficult to swallow.

Anyway, for those of you who are willing to risk a paper cut to see which local companies you and your neighbors voted “best” in Lincoln, which categories’ winners look right this year? Which look out of whack? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Two Reasons I Like the Devaney Center

October 22, 2007 at 1:42am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I went to the Devaney Center this afternoon to watch the Huskers dismantle Hawaii. It was a great atmosphere to be a part of, and I’m proud to say I was one of the 13,396 fans to break the NCAA regular season volleyball attendance record. Woohoo!

While there, I noticed two things that I really like about the Devaney Center. First, the concession stands, though inadequate in number, are intelligently positioned so that the lines go away from walking areas. Contrast that with the situation at Qwest Center Omaha. The designer of that facility should have his body hairs plucked one-by-one as penance for being stupid enough to think that the same space can act as both a walkway and a place for lines to form.

Second, despite the facility being at near-capacity, we made it from the second-to-last row to the front door in mere minutes. No frustrating waiting in my seat or on the stairs means I leave happier—and thus more likely to return.

I also liked my comfy bench. I had plenty of butt room and plenty of leg room, and moving people through the rows was relatively easy. Try saying that about the seating in a modern arena. Unfortunately, I know any new arena in Lincoln will have crappy plastic seats that pinch your butt and offer zero legroom. That makes me think of a great way to sell advertising in the new arena. Forget naming rights, typically one of the easiest ways to raise cash for a facility. Instead, sell the rights to this phrase:

The four inches of extra legroom in Lincoln’s Arena are brought to you by [some company].

I would patronize the heck out of that company.

Halloween Events

October 19, 2007 at 1:49pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

What are your favorite Halloween-related events around town? I haven’t really been into Halloween for a few years, so I’m behind the times. A couple old reliables:

Those are mostly events for young kids. Any to add to the list? What are the best events for older kids and adults?

Tolls on I-80

October 19, 2007 at 1:43pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I didn’t realize anybody was seriously considering turning I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha into a toll road. Apparently it’s a big enough threat that Lee Terry feels the need to legislate against it. He says states shouldn’t be able to charge tolls on roads already built with federal dollars.

Personally, I think tolls are a great way to get money directly from the people who use a service. Who better to pay for maintenance and improvements on roads than the roads’ users? Of course, it would be easy to take the next step of using tolls to pay for all sorts of other projects. The Lincoln Arena funded by I-80 travelers, anyone?

Peeking Under Pershing’s Skirt

October 19, 2007 at 1:41pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Did any of you have a chance to do the Pershing tour yesterday? I really wanted to, but instead I was reffing soccer matches in the rain yesterday afternoon. (On the plus side I got to eat at Cristina’s in Crete afterwards. Yum!) If you went, what were your thoughts?

Public Enemy

October 18, 2007 at 1:49pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Lincoln Turco Star has a new story on some young entrepreneurs who are trying to establish hip-hop entertainment here in town. They also kindly hit us over the head

remind us about how hip-hop is associated with crime and violence. But of course.

Check Those Tens

October 18, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Counterfeit $10 bills are roaming the streets of Lincoln. Think only businesses and banks need to worry? Think again. If you receive one, you’re out ten bucks. And if you try to use one, well, I hope you cleared some time out of your schedule to have a short chat with LPD.

Nobody Wants to Fly to Lincoln

October 18, 2007 at 1:27pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have a nomination for Least Surprising Headline of the Week:

Nobody booking flights from Scottsbluff to Lincoln

At $600 round trip, who is surprised?

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