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July 21, 2012

CHEERS & JEERS: July 21-22, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — CHEERS

... to the design plans revealed Thursday for the proposed Big Four Station in downtown Jeffersonville.

The public — especially residents near the proposed park area bordered by Mulberry, Market, Pearl and Maple streets — has been anticipating Mayor Mike Moore’s administration’s plans for the area, which will sit at one end of the under-construction Big Four pedestrian bridge.

The concept unveiled by the city and the Estopinal Group is a winner. It’s classy and modern, and uses components to connect with the feel of the waterfront area of Louisville, which sits at the other end of the Big Four Bridge. It also contains multiple walkways, a small water feature and two open-air lawn areas.

Another positive is that officials are still accepting comments and ideas about what Big Four Station should look like and include. Visit cityofjeff.net to voice your opinion.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... to the New Albany City Council members for voting 8-0 to form a municipal Human Rights Commission on Thursday.

The commission will weigh human rights complaints that can be submitted by any New Albany resident. Upholding equal opportunity for education, employment and property acquisition are among the charges of the body. The body will consist of five members, two appointed by the mayor, two selected by the council and the remaining person elected by the four designees.

Along with serving a working function, the move is also symbolic for those who may want to live or work in the city. It’s a step forward in showing that New Albany can be a community that accepts those from all walks of life, of all races, of any sexual orientation.

It’s a small step for sure, because to change actions, you have to change attitudes. But it’s progress nonetheless in making people feel more comfortable and safe in the community.

It’s also a chance for other municipalities or elected bodies to follow suit.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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