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The no-snow belt

Today is a good example of the no-snow belt that is centered on Fort Wayne. The snowless band is easy to see in this morning’s NOHRSC snow map: There is almost enough snow up at Love Creek to make it worth driving to Berrien County to ski tomorrow.

First ski of the season

I finally got to ski for the first time this season. We got a heavy dusting of light dry snow on Friday night. The dusting was just enough to use my rock skis on the fairways at the Foster Park golf course. Living so far south and at such a low elevation, it may be [...]

Good news about Fort Wayne’s recycling rate

There is some surprisingly good news about recycling in Fort Wayne. The new one cart recycling program is working so much better than the old three bin recycling that the mayor wants to the drop garbage collection fee by $1 per month. Before the new program started in January, we had to put a large [...]

More than soda bottles

Until this week, the Fort Wayne recycling program only recycled PETE (#1) and HDPE (#2) plastics: basically, just milk jugs and soda bottles. Starting this week, plastics with resin identification code 1-7 are all recyclable. This is good news since polypropylene (#5) packaging is so common. Instead of a two-bin system, it is now a [...]

America’s Best Drivers

This is surprising, according to the latest ‘Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,’ Fort Wayne ranks eleventh for longest time between accidents among drivers in the two hundred largest cities in the country. Even more surprising, 11th is down from 6th last year. I never would have guessed, but apparently drivers in Fort Wayne are involved [...]

Emerald Ash Borer

It looks like the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) has reached our neighborhood. The Ash trees in the area have been looking sick, but last night we finally realized that it was probably caused by Emerald Ash Borer. Oh well. The homogenization of the earth continues. Recommended reading: Information about Emerald Ash Borer: Emerald Ash [...]

Fort Wayne’s recycling rate

According to a Journal Gazette article, the recycling rate in Fort Wayne is currently 8.5%, down from 11% ten years ago. Only around 30% of people recycle anything. These numbers are embarrassingly low. According to the story, even Bloomington has a recycling rate over 30%, with Valparaiso’s rate even higher. It is odd that the [...]

Flood control

In a welcome change from projects like the Foster Park Flood Creation Project, which will make downtown flooding worse, a reasonable approach is being used in one Fort Wanye neighborhood. Homeowners in an area along Junk Ditch are being given the option of selling their houses to the city. According to the News-Sentinel, nearly half [...]

Indiana passenger train upgrade?

INDOT is applying for federal money to upgrade passenger train service in the state. The proposed new route through Fort Wayne is a needed upgrade. There have been a number of times when I would have liked to take a train, but the option wasn’t available. This project can’t be approved and completed soon enough. [...]

Why I support Fort Wayne’s light pollution ordinance

I wrote this in response to Tim Pape–my city councilman–who asked that I explain my reasoning for supporting the light pollution ordinance. It passed, but it seems that most people in Fort Wayne oppose it. I think the opposition exists for three reasons: A significant fraction of Fort Wayne is anti-government, not just anti-bad-government. This [...]