Saturday, December 7, 2019

Population loss in Kentucky: Breathitt County/Jackson


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia  (Breathitt County, Jackson)


Jackson is the county seat of Breathitt County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.



Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 12.6% - Breathitt County
  • 23.2% - Kentucky
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 17.2% - Breathitt County
  • 16.4% - Kentucky
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 36.2% - Breathitt County
  • 16.9% - Kentucky
  • 11.8% - U.S.

Greetings from Trump's America.  
Source:  Wikipedia 
3rd-party candidates received 10.1% of vote in 1992, 9% of vote in 1996, 3.7% in 2016
(George Wallace received 7.8% of the vote in 1968)

Breathitt County Library
Related reading:
What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?  (The New York Times, 6/29/2014)
There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities were left to struggle. But in its persistent poverty, Eastern Kentucky — land of storybook hills and drawls ­ — just might be the hardest place to live in the United States. Statistically speaking. 
The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. Weighting each equally, six counties in eastern Kentucky’s coal country (Breathitt, Clay, Jackson, Lee, Leslie and Magoffin) rank among the bottom 10.

Other Kentucky population loss posts:
Harlan County/Harlan.  (12/6/2019)

Population loss series:

Could you be a little more specific, please?



What a surprise to learn this!


UPDATE: Lakeview Park shelter pre-improvements walk-around


Photo and video by Retiring Guy




Related link:
Lakeview Park shelter, City of Middleton.


Original 11/16/2019 post, "New shelter on the drawing board for Lakeview Park in Middleton WI", starts here.

View from across the pond

Photos by Retiring

View from path


Rendering of new design


View from parking lot approach


Rendering


And you have failed miserably, Donald Trump



(updated 1/25/2019; time for another)

The long list of swamp creatures, as provided by the above reporting.



Related posts:
2019
What is the opposite of 'drain the swamp'?  (1/25/2019)
The latest Donald Trump swamp thing.  (1/18/2019)
What is the opposite of 'drain the swamp'?  (1/15/2019)

2018
The Trump Swamp is full of lobbyist-related critters.  (7/18/2018)
What is the opposite of drain the swamp?  (5/14/2018)
Swamp thing Scott Pruitt and his lobbyist buddy ride the Marrakesh Express.  (5/2/2018)
UPDATE. Dear Coral and Lisa, Analysts? How about 'anti-environment Republican' and 'energy industry shill'?  (4/29/2018)
No drainage here UPDATE: Scott Pruitt fills the swamp a 24/7 gushing hose.  (4/3/2018)

2017
Like a swamp after an extended downpour, Donald Trump's Washington D.C. is flooding.  (11/15/2017)
Siding with Wall Street, GOP continues to fill the swamp.  (10/25/2017)
Trump administration plans to flood the for-profit colleges swamp.  (10/1/2017)
UPDATE. More than 4 months into his presidency, Trump blathers about draining the swamp.  (6/8/2017)
Swamp critter of the Trump administration: Geoffrey Burr, Dept. of Transportation chief of staff.  (6/7/2017)

GOP members of Congress announce their retirements from the House early and often (George Holding edition)


Say goodbye to George Holding, 51, calling it quits after 8 years in the House.


Reported in Raleigh Republican George Holding won’t run for re-election to Congress in 2020.  (Raleigh News and Observer, 12/6/2019)

Source:  Ballotpedia 

The art of the North Carolina gerrymander


Sources:  Ballotpedia (NC CD2), U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NC, US)

Sources:  CNN (NC/US), Daily Kos (NC 2nd CD)

Source:  Daily Kos

Other retirement/resignation posts:
Alabama 1st CD.  Bradley Byrne.  (8/1/2019)
Alabama 2nd CD.  Martha Roby.  (8/1/2019)
California 8th CD.  Paul Cook.  (11/15/2019)
Florida 19th CD.  Francis Rooney.  (10/21/2019)
Georgia 7th CD.  Rob Woodall.  (8/2/2019)
Illinois 15th CD.  John Shimkus.  (9/11/2019)
Indiana 5th CD.  Susan Brooks.  (8/3/2019)
Michigan 10th CD.  Paul Mitchell.  (8/5/2019)
New York 2nd CD.  Pete King. (11/11/2019)
Oregon 2nd CD.  Greg Walden.  (11/2/2019)
Texas 11th CD.  Mike Conaway.  (8/3/2019)
Texas 13th CD.  Mac Thornberry.  (11/12/2019)
Texas 17th CD.  Bill Flores.  (9/5/2019)
Texas 22nd CD.  Pete Olson.  (8/4/2019)
Texas 23rd CD.  Will Hurd.  (8/5/2019)
Texas 24th CD.  Kenny Marchant.  (8/6/2019)
Wisconsin 5th CD.  Jim Sensenbrenner.  (9/4/2019)
Wisconsin 7th CD.  Sean Duffy.  (9/1/2019)

Let's visualize this Foxconn square footage discrepancy



Foxconn's Terry Gou visits Milwaukee after Trump tells him to 'bring more jobs to Wisconsin'.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/7/2019)
Foxconn is building a million-square-foot structure that is to house a flat-screen factory, and recently filed plans for a 261,000-square-foot “smart manufacturing center,” and a computing data center that would include a 98-foot-high glass dome. A 120,000-square-foot multipurpose building was completed about a year ago.

Keep in mind that Gou is no longer chairman of Foxconn, "but still has a hand in company affairs" -- whatever that means -- according to J-S reporting.

"Rinky Dink", an instrumental by Dave 'Baby' Cortez, one of two of his singles to reach the top 10, debuted at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending July 14, 1962.  It spent 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10.



According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'rinky-dink' occurred in 1913. 

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. blooey
  2. comfort station
  3. efficiency expert
  4. lunatic fringe
  5. roadblock
  6. sob story
  7. stooge
  8. wettability

Related posts:
GET ME REWRITE: Fox News gives Scott Walker air time to prop up his Foxconn FoxCon.  (11/7/2019)
UPDATE: It's time for Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave to face facts.  (11/5/2019)
Foxconn UPDATE: You can add an end date to Chris Murdoch's resume.  (9/30/2019)
Based on Erik's experience, Foxconn has little to offer right now.  (9/26/2019)
Foxconn promises:  Then and now.  (8/2/2019)
The Foxconn chips and dip UPDATE.  (7/16/2019)
So excited: Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) wets his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2017)
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) west his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2017)
Rep. Scotot Krug (R-Nekoosa ) wets his pants over  Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2019)

Keeping tabs on Foxconn Place in
Eau Claire
Green Bay
Madison
Milwaukee
Racine

Friday, December 6, 2019

Around Town Middleton: Hubbard-Parmenter four-way stop sign intersection



2016 view



Around Town Middleton posts
December 2019
The Monona side of town.  (12/6/2019)

November 2019
Bike rack at Sauk Trail Elementary School.  (11/8/2019)
Not everybody's on board in the Meadows neighborhood.  (11/4/2019)
 
October 2019
Matching car and garage door.  (10/11/2019)

September 2019
Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4/2019) 

August 2019
60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21/2019)
Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2/2019)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018




UPDATE: University Flats PPD in Middleton (former Sonic site)




These scrawny pines are likely to be among the first to go.



Screenshot from Retiring Guy's favorite neighborhood gossip site, Next Door.


According to Middleton's Director of  Planning and Community Development...
There was a gas station proposed on the Rusty’s site, but the City did not allow it because it violated our wellhead protection ordinance (too close well #6 to allow an underground storage tank). When the City turned down the gas station, the Sonic proposal came forward.  See attached docs for reference.

Wellhead protection areas


12/1/2019 update, "Point/Counterpoint on University Flats PPD in Middleton (former Sonic site) starts here.




12/12/2018 update, "8 months later, one Sonic restaurant still for sale", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy


Related articles:
[Georgia]  Roadhouse Rib Palace opns in old Sonic.  (Buzz on Biz, 1/1/2013)
[Indiana]  Old Sonic site gives way to Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.  (Banner Enterprise, 3/29/2013)
[Kansas]  Wichita's best-kept secret coming to Derby.  (Derby Informer, 76/8/2015)
[West Virginia]  Beckley Z-Way Project Continues With Sonic Building Demolition.  (WDNS-TV, 3/5/2018)


4/25/2018 update, "Closed for remodeling?  Just kidding!  One Sonic restaurant for sale.", starts here.

Photo and enlargment by Retiring Guy


2/8/2018 update, "The tire tracks of many disappointed Sonic fans", starts here.

There is no signage indicating that this University Avenue Sonic is closed.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Related reading:  
Metro Atlanta Sonic to reopen after being closed for more than a year.  (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1/31/2018)
The fast-food restaurant at 11960 Highway 92 experienced a change in ownership and was closed for an extensive remodel.
Still no sign of any remodeling activity in Middleton.



"Tracks of my Tears" debuted at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending July 17, 1965.  It spent 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at #16.  Yes, folks, the song didn't crack the top 10.


Original 1/19/2018 post, "Middleton Sonic closed for remodeling", starts here.

iPhone screenshot

Some folks don't realize Middleton's Sonic is closed until they reach this point.

 As for remodeling, I haven't seen any sign of such activity since the restaurant closed 2 months ago.  Maybe a spring project?

 
Photos by Retiring Guy


Maybe not.

August 30, 2016.  Waukesha Sonic closed, could reopen soon under new owner.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

November 21, 2016.  Future still uncertain for Waukesha Sonic.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)



Around Town Middleton: The Monona side of town


Columbus Drive in Sak's Woods.  One of the few streets in Middleton where the sidewalks end when you get there.

Photos by Retiring Guy



Boulder Lane is a different story.  I'm pretty sure that the sidewalks were added after the fact, much to the consternation of residents here.



Mapped

Related reading:
Sak's Wood neighborhood blog.  (Last post published 5/22/2008)

Around Town Middleton posts
November 2019
Bike rack at Sauk Trail Elementary School.  (11/8/2019)
Not everybody's on board in the Meadows neighborhood.  (11/4/2019)
 
October 2019
Matching car and garage door.  (10/11/2019)

September 2019
Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4/2019) 

August 2019
60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21/2019)
Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2/2019)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018

Population loss in Kentucky: Harlan County/Harlan


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia  (Harlan County, Harlan)


Harlan is the county seat of Harlan County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.


Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 11.4% - Harlan County
  • 23.2% - Kentucky
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 18.7% - Harlan County
  • 16.4% - Kentucky
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 41.5% - Harlan County
  • 16.9% - Kentucky
  • 11.8% - U.S.

Greetings from Trump's America.  

Source:  Wikipedia 
3rd-party candidates received 11.8% of vote in 1992, 9.1% of vote in 1996, 2.4% in 2016
(George Wallace received 16.2% of the vote in 1968)

Harlan County Public Libraries (Harlan branch)

Related reading:
Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills.  (The New York Times, 12/21/2018)
Harlan County is the nation’s fifth most dependent on federal programs, according to the government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2016 some 54 percent of the income of the county’s roughly 26,000 residents came from programs like Social Security and Medicaid, food stamps — formally known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and the earned-income tax credit. That is up from 28 percent in 1990. 
In Militant Harlan County, Ky., Miners Vow to Reject New Settlement.  (The New York Times, 3/21/1978)
Nobody here pretends that Local 1974, which has a short but fierce history, is representative of the nation's miners. It wrote the latest chapter in the long-running story of a county known, for good reason, as Bloody Harlan. Part of the county's history of strife was written in mine wars.

Other Kentucky population loss posts:

Population loss series: