transit-oriented development around South Shore Line

Rail-Volution website

Today:  Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission executive director Ty Warner is on "Regionally Speaking" in an encore conversation about "transit-oriented development" (one such project is pictured above) and how it fits in with projects like the South Shore Line expansion.  We have more about a veterans' job fair to be held Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago, co-sponsored by the DAV and other groups.  And Erika Dahl of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority talks about a big sporting event this weekend.  More than 180 softball teams from across the Midwest are in northwest Indiana to compete in the National Softball Association Girls’ Fast Pitch “B” & “C” Northern World Series.   Games are being played in communities across the region, and it's expected to have a big local economic impact. 

Rail-Volution website

Today:   NIRPC executive director Ty Warner is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk at-length about transit oriented development (TOD for short) and the concept's potential impact on northwest Indiana.  TODs (like the one pictured) are included within transit development districts (TDDs) -- like ones that are being proposed within the West Lake Corridor expansion of the South Shore Line.  Ty says the one of the concept's goals is to make neighborhoods more livable.  A public engagement hearing is coming up June 9th about the Hammond Gateway TDD project, which is part of the West Lake Corridor.  And Erin Stojic, financial wellness coalition coordinator with the Lake Area United Way, joins us to talk about the non-profit's first Community Savings Challenge.  It's a program bringing community banks together with LAUW to encourage northwest Indiana citizens to save at least $250 in six months... to bolster the habit of "saving for a rainy day."

Porter County

Today:   We begin with Indiana University Northwest's latest addition to its curriculum: courses that will lead to an Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience.  It's a program that will benefit not only students looking to careers in the medical  and health care fields, but will help students in learning to think critically about science information.  We talk with assistant psychology professor Maureen Rutherford.