Regionally Speaking, Monday, November 9, 2020

Nov 9, 2020

Gary Redevelopment Commission staffer Deb Backhus talks about the work underway to create a pedestrian and bicycle master plan. Purdue University professor Pablo Zavattieri is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the research into finding new materials with the tensile strength of an ironclad beetle -- which can withstand being run over by a vehicle and still survive.
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Today:   Gary Redevelopment Department staff member Deb Backhus is on the program to talk about the work underway to create a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle master plan for the city.  City officials want to link neighborhoods to each other and offer some transportation options besides public transit.  They also see some major improvements that can come about in recreation for residents and visitors to Gary.   Purdue University civil engineering professor Pablo Zavattieri also talks about research being done on campus, and elsewhere around the country, to develop new materials with the same herculean toughness as the shells of the diabolical ironclad beetle.  Zavatteri says the beetle can survive being run over by a car but be as ductile as a paper clip.