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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 12

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13—The Plum-Tribune. Logamport, Ind. I. M. BO YD Musical organ flashes color rt*tay. October?. 1*77 Is All That Zoning Really Necessary? On the market is a cunning musical org»n with in unbreakable glassy ball lhal glows, pulses and flashes tpectaculir colors lo match the music. And anything else that's audible, too. -it responds lo sounds within 50 feet. Profanity does not come out blue, unfortunately. The device is called the karma color organ. Thai I Si-proof rum sells particularly well in liquor stores adjacent to national forests, I'm told. Lot of backpackers go for it. Because of its light weight. It delivers more wallop per ounce. It's a matter of record, too, that the U. S. State Department, when the Panama Canal was opened, sent an official invitation to the Swiss navy. Chariots in old Rome—the first rent-a-car city-could be leased by the day or the week. SMALLEST UNION Q. "Which is the smallest trade union?" A. The sideographers, no doubt. With a membership of about SO. They are the steel engravers who make the plates for currency, stocks, stamps, whatever. Maybe you heard some of the spectators whistle at the recently televised tennis matches. They do that, if they disagree with an official's call. It'j a spillover from the French theatre. Whistling at a show here is like applause. In France, though, it's (he worst thing an actor can hear. Like booing. Chances run three out of four that a man who divorces in his early forties will marry again. But those odds aren't quilt so high, three out of five, for the woman in that age bracket who divorces. LOVE AND WAR Our Lore and War man clinks a toast to that family who celebrates at least 10 Thanksgivings a year. He proposes that the pattern spread. What happens is this notable family rings up every member whenever something crops up worthy of a celebration. A job promotion. A graduation. A medical recovery. Whatever. And the clan meets to eat. Independent rascals. They call their own holidays, ignoring such noteworthy occasions as St. Swithin's Day, Sunflower Sunday and the Anniversary of the Vacuum Tube. Hardly any lady shoppers check out the grade of the meat they buy. They look for lean, color, size and price. Surveys prove that. Pollsters asked a whole batch of women, each about 10 seconds after she'd put the meat in her shopping cart, what grade it was. Few bad any notion. Yet the Department of Agriculture has spent huge moneys on its meal grading: system. Incidentally, there are those who insist that the federal meat inspection program Is the pure delight of kickback conmen. NEW YORK (UPD - A number of people in the building and land development industries are saying zoning laws have been grossly overdpne in theUniled Slates. And they are winning some .support from'academic circles. A team headed by Dr. George Sternlieb of Rutgers University in New Jersey last spring completed a study of the causes of the spectacular rise in the cost of home owning, Dr. Sternlieb's team concluded that injudicious zoning often makes it impossible lor builders even lo contemplate moderately priced housing. The report said many of the costs imposed by 'subdivision controls are totally un : necessary and so, of course, are 1 many costs imposed by building materials and construction codes. Between them, zoning excesses and unnecessary,code restrictions account for at least 16 per cent of the cost of a $50,000 house, the team found. Fall Reading Club To Start At Walton WALTON-The Walton Library will begin a six-week Fall Reading Club Oct. 15. The session will continue until Nov. 20. Theme for the program will be "Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin Snatch." A special attraction will be the bulletin -board with its cryptic message. "Baby Bong says books are something special. Solve the mystery. Who'is BaBy Bong? Only the Wise Old Owl knows." Children of all ages as well as adults arc invited to participate in the reading program. Sign up date is this Saturday, Oct. 8. The library will also have a story and crafts hour for students in kindergarten through third grade from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. The Eastern Star will honor Robert Barton, Grand Usher, at a regular meeting on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. All members are asked to wear formals and bring a salad or dessert. Serving on the committee are Marjorle Speitel, Shelby Ridenour, Ida Hollingsworth, Denzil Hollingsworth, Marjorie Schwalm and Dorothy Wolford. The Walton Shiloh Lutheran Church Council will meet Sunday immediately following the hour .of worship at the church. The Walton Christian Church Aid will meet at 7:M p.m. Oct. 12 in the Kindergarten room of the church: A representative from the Ladoga Christian Home will show slides. Serving on the committee are Helen Evans, Inez Small, and Mildred Miller. ++ + The Deacon Grange will.meet at the Hall on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Grange will have a flower and seed judging at the meeting. Those wishing to compete should bring 15 pounds of white or yellow popcorn or soybeans or five ears of field corn. The types of flowers to be judged are houseplants, hanging baskets or single flower. An award will also be given for the biggest soybean pod. Vegetable Consumption Increasing WASHINGTON (UPD More Americans are heeding that old dictum, "Eat your vegetables," I'SDA figures indicate total per capita consumption of fresh vegetables < potatoes excepted) has increased four per cent since 1970, to a lota) ol 100.2 pounds per person. Fresh sweet corn consumption gained 12 per cent during the same period, lettuce consumption was up six per cent, and tomatoes, four per cent, Fresh fruit also gained. USDA figures show its total per capita consumption at 86.6 pounds annually, the highest level in 30 years. The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, which represents the industry, attributes the gains to health consciousness and the availability throughout the • United States of more than 70 kinds of fresh produce In any given season. Martin Swartzman. head of Glenwood Management Corp .of New York, a large builder and operator of high rise luxurj apartment buildings, said zoning has been much overdone in New York. He said a,lot oMhe zoning, in effect, is totally ( unnecessary and causes loo' much expense. • Although there has been-a lot of building in the city since the city's present'-zoning code^was adopted in 1960. he called.:it much too cumbersome and said it may contribute to urban decay by leaving builders and developers mystified and frustrated. New York City has -large areas, particularly in the Bronx and Brooklyn, that have been devastated by social change: Hundreds' of blocks of tenements- and lower middle class apartment buildings, factories and stores have' been bulldozed down to save taxes. Some of the lands have_ been abandoned. Redevelopment of this property depends on many things' but severe zoning 'restrictions can make redevelopment more difficult. Swartzman said one trouble is that zoning ->see.ms to follow Parkinson's law — that is, regulations expand to use up all the time and motiey the bureaucrats have available- He said this has been aggravated by the fact that the federal government -has'made so much money available for municipal. planners and that environmental and .civil rights regulatory groups can proceed to exploit zoning restrictions to 'gain their ends'. Swartzman conceded that zoning is ' necessary in most cities and towns. The generally accepted advantages of zoning are.that it enables a community to exercise control over population density and make long range plans for schools, fiye and police protection, water, sewerage and other services. How, it is asked, could people feel safe in investing money in land and buildings without zoning laws to protect .them from the impact of'unplanned urban sprawl with its crowding, air pollution and noise? Who wants a gasoline station, a noisy small machine shop-or a. smelly dyeing or chemical works built across-, the street from a handsome home? Some of the more savage attacks on'zoning excesses have come from land developers in : Colorado who fear that zoning and environmental' concerns might wreck their booming business. An'editorial ; " In the Grand .(unction Dally Sentinel, in June said onc.of the best kept secrets in the United'States is the fact that the booming metropolis of Houston never lias had: any, zoning laws ppahy kind, ' -' •:, "Surprisingly," the editorial said, "that city is thriving to a point that must agonize^the controlled growth,advbcatwi:" Houston, indeed, never-.has had any zoning law. The main reason probably is, Jack Wells of the Real Estate 'Board of Houston toloVUPl, that "Texans just.don't like anybody, telling theni what they ; can .do on their own land." -^2$ -• "Admittedly Houston 'Is a .weird - r and wild place." the Colorado newspaper's-editorial continued. "Residences, artsy shops, homes turned, into restaurants, hamburger stands, .gas stations, town houses, duplexes and'jumping night spots all stand cheek by jojM. but that's the way Houston'likcs it.: When the free market decides a declining older neighborhood is ready, for investment and"revival, there are no regulations and rules to bloc the way: the money can. flow and, the city can be recycled." The editorial then said, and .Wells of the Real Estate Board of Houston concurred, that obvious. Houston officials believed The study at Rutgers by Dr. zoning would artificially Inflate ,Sternlieb v s learn blamed zoning housing costs, encourage dull „ monotonous housing, encourage urban sprawl with resulting energy waste and. above all. bring unnecessary bureaucratic regulation, spread politics :and graft- and aggravate prejudice against the poor and minorities. •" '.-, .',. Finally, the Colorado .editor : said, ; zoning too often "represents" middle class planners' ideas of•; the. -gSod'. society and ignores poor and blue collar peoples'needs." ' • '•. • The case against over-rigid zoning was raised obliquely ..some years ago by a New'York- University professor writing in a prestigious academic review in praise of slums. The professor was not writing about ghetto slums but about Jhe teeming cosmopolitan "slums of the days when: New York.iChicago and Boston were growing by leaps' and bounds. . He said the slums of those days, with their tremendously r variegated populations, were ' the most vigorous fountains of" intellectual, artistic and social-'. ferment In the country and the greatest impetus to economic expansion. > By contrast the professor, found, exurbia, to which so" many;city dwellers had fled;' 1 dull, fatuous., and nonproductive on .'-scientific,«Intellectual, artistic or economic levels. Since slum removal Is a prlme.objective of many zoning laws, the Implications of the professor's article on' the wisdom of over rigid zoning are excesses and other Increases In the role Of government in housing for making'--the 'housing delivery system of the United States an endangered species" f&Rct a.look at the intricacies ofr-"expensive federal'aid lo ' housing as It actually works, the Sternlieb report'concluded (as Martin Swartzman did) that federal housing subsidies-often •complicate rather than help the, situation. • . • "The sheer growth of the imbalance between America's housing costs and*consumer incomes means," the- study said, "that subsidy mechanisms, which should he geared to those most in. need, are increasingly absorbed by the lower '"middle range of householders." ,\ "One of the basic rules of economics Is that a subsidy to everybody is a subsidy to no •one," the study comments. ••.As one sees., for example. . Section 8 income limitations moving-to a point -where they support the housing 'of people with incomes in- excess of $18,000 a year, the danger becomes evident." ! Sternlieb said that although zoning was originally conceived merely as a way to separate incompatible-uses of land, it now often Is used to control the character of a community. "While the most blatant of exclusionary zoning practices have come under courtroom assault, many less obvious techniques are employed by a local government to maintain the character of the community. These policies can lead to the unavailability of moderately priced housing." PHONE 753-3388 (PHONE 223-4244 ROCHESTER) THE FINAL DAT IS SATURDAY... TODD'S "Thank You Side" CONVENIENT PARKING AT RIAR OF STORE TODD'S "The Store That Service Built' MAIN GAS & GROCER Corner Burlington & Main SELF-SERVICE GAS The Walton Legion Post 418 will meet at 8p.m. at the Legion home on Oct. 13, The Walton Christian Church will celebrate it's seventy-sixth anniversary on Oct. 9 with services starting at 9:30 a.m. The birthday message to the congregation will be "The Exciting Church-Where People Really Pray!" , , The Walton Unit of Mothers of "World War 11 will meet on Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home. t-uoi. unus COCA-COLA <-u oz. Bonus 7-UP .... S-UOZ.BOTTUS RCCOLA . IINGSNMD10-11. BAG CHARCOAL • . HwDtp, B $|l'f 99 € $1* M* . The Walton Firemen's Auxiliary will meet Tuesday at 7:30p.m, at the Town Hall. Plans will be completed for the community calendar. The arrival of Santa Claus in Walton will be discussed. IICONA14I.PKG. BACON.... ICHUCHMI. SMQRGASPAK EGGS ...... NOUMIT-niMMBIT ANTI-FREEZE. "flHilMs" MOZ. 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