The U of I Flash Index for May is up a bit fron April, and that means good news for the Champaign Urbana area economy. In April the figure descended to 106, falling for the fourth month in a row. Still any number above 100 is considered a positive economic situation for Champaign County. The figure for May is 106.2.
This economic stat is important for the Champaign Urbana real estate market because the price of homes and the CU real estate tempo in general is closely related to the factors that go into this index.
Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“.
If you are new to race day here are some pointers:
If you want to watch downtown Champaign is a good spot or just go to Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus
Watch out in traffic and relax. Look for a Illinois Marathon map and avoid those areas
Make a note to volunteer next year. The marathon site has an interactive map so you can volunteer in or near your neighborhood.
Yesterday at Busey Bank’s annual seminar, Phyllis Wise introduced this crisp new video on the vision for Champaign Urbana. Coming on the heels of the micro-urban video that introduced the concept, this one is more concrete and describes many of the plans and ideas that we will see take shape here in the years to come.
The website for the Champaign County Clerk’s office has an interactive page that makes it easy to find your polling place in Champaign County. The list of polling places is linked to the map and you can get the info you need for times etc there as well.
Tuesday, March 18 is the day to vote
You see all kinds of signs around the are now–and debates are winding down. You can vote early in CU at a half dozen places in the area through March 15. But after Saturday you need to find your local spot and get there between 6a and 7p on Tuesday, March 18.
First of all, let me say that we usually see groaner puns like this only on the sports page of The News Gazzette. But this morning this is what woke us up as we sipped coffee.
These new little “curb cafes” or “parklets” are coming to Urbana and perhaps downtown Champaign. Both downtowns- especially the Champaign side with the impending opening of the new Champaign Hyatt Place–are pulsing with life these days. The new on street dining spots will be occupying parking spots during summer months and they will expand the space for outside dining on both sides of –and perhaps ON Wright street.
Urbana city arborist Mike Brunk is credited with coming up with the term “Curbana”. Wait…is he also the one who coined the “Champaign-Nirvnana” moniker?
Anyway these little platforms will be right on the street and will change the scene greatly. I can see it along Main Street in Urbana–traffic flowing by on a summer evening. But the way the cars scream through downtown Champaign might mean they have to stay to the side streets–what do you think?
The 2014 Illinois Marathon will be run April 26, 2014 in Champaign Urbana and it looks to be another record setting field. The various races for the weekend are all more than 50% full already and with a late spring in the area it should be a perfect day. The only issue the last few years weather wise was a bit of wind two years ago. But last year’s race was perfect.
Runners World Recognition
Recently our little race from CU got some serious recognition. It was named one of the top nine new marathons in the country. Runners World (the leading runner mag for everyman runners) listed it with a number of other fine runs including Cary, North Carolina, Pittsburg, and Baton Rouge.
Running blogs all over picked up on this story and the print piece looked good.
Voluteer for the Illinois Marathon
You can get on board helping with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon by going to their site and contacting them. Help is needed stuffing bags, at intersections, signage..all kinds of ways before and after the race.
There will be many open houses around Champaign Urbana this Sunday. If you want a place with a view, you should see this one.
A relaxing retreat to be sure! Don’t miss this 1st floor end unit, 2 bedroom condo overlooking Lake Devonshire.
Move right in and enjoy cooking in the fully appliance kitchen with breakfast bar.
Spacious living room is highlighted by the fireplace and offers lake views.
Ample parking is available as well as an attached garage. Condo fees include lawn care, snow removal, trash, recycling & exterior maintenance. Centrally located and convenient to parks, bus line and shopping.
Look at this move in ready ranch…walk right in this Sunday between 2 and 4! This home is completely updated and located on a large corner lot in an established neighborhood.
The spacious living room with hardwood floors is highlighted by large windows. Enjoy cooking in the eat-in kitchen, updated in 2010. Brand new HVAC system installed in Oct. 2012. New roof in 2008. Plenty of room in the over sized 2 car garage with workbench.
Convenient to campus, bus lines, shopping and parks!