New urbanism in its successful manifestations
is one strategy toward revitalizing American cities.
But the blueprint for the new often is a legacy from
the old. Take, for instance, Bloomington’s Vinegar Hill—a
neighborhood portrayed in the late Carol Shields’ Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel, Stone Diaries. A class of
IU students is helping to prepare a nomination for the
National Register of Historic Places for Vinegar Hill,
just south of the collegiate gothic limestone buildings
of the campus.
function, trends and future needs— all figure into the
IU campuses’ individual architectural signatures. What
university architects have worked to preserve--whether
limestone is used a flourish or as a mainstay—is a reflection
of tradition, not of a "throw-away culture."
IU’s potential for contributing to the
state’s economic growth and development has never been
greater, says IU President Adam Herbert, who has named
an internal task force to set a roadmap to define and
to strengthen the university’s contributions.
The new Indiana Venture Center is a public-private partnership that will provide a supportive environment for start-up and fast-growing young firms in the state.