December / January 2021
Transportation and infrastructure continue to be of importance in many projects through the city of Evansville. One ongoing project currently is prioritizing these two building blocks changing one of the city’s most trafficked corridors. The Walnut Street Multi-Modal Improvement Project is an ambitious effort led by City Engineer Brent Schmitt. The plan consists of a new multi-modal streetscape on Walnut Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Vann Avenue.
The 2021 Evansville city budget, similar to every city across the country, has taken a hit in a tough year where COVID-19 has decimated tax revenues and affected processes.
When the stay-at-home orders hit Evansville in March 2020, it was clear technology would become daily life’s driving force. Recognizing the importance of clear, concise, customer-friendly tech, First Bank launched their updated website and mobile banking app that same month.
After three decades in business, Kevin Pass thought it was time to retire, but his passion for connecting with staff and customers brought him back to doing what he loves. Pass founded Action Pest Control 35 years ago but sold the business in 2015 and signed a five-year, no-compete agreement with the company that acquired it.
John and Diane Schroeder’s dedication to their community, family, and each other makes it clear why the couple received the Rotary Club of Evansville’s 2019 Civic Award. “I was surprised to say the least,” says Diane. “It’s always a blessing to be able to use the resources we’ve had, abilities, and energy to help other people and help other organizations prosper.”
Bill Fulkerson remembers as a kid watching a development being built behind his home. Every day, he would sit and watch as the workers constructed the homes from the ground up. “I’ve always been intrigued by the physical aspect of building. I love learning,” says the Tri-State native — Fulkerson grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, before his family moved to Evansville when he was in the seventh grade.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, the 200-acre old growth forest plotted right in the middle of Evansville, remains a destination for environmental education, nature conservation, and a place to just enjoy the outdoors — and they are looking to build on those offerings with new initiatives.
Evansville’s tallest building will no longer command the city’s skyline after developers concluded the structure was unsalvageable. The 18-story building at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets has several problems not only with the structure of the building but with plumbing and electrical work. In light of this news, demolition of the building will happen in early 2021.
The land between North Main Street, Franklin Street, Baker Avenue, and Illinois Street — once a plow and metal works factory from the 1870s to the 1940s — is the location of the newest Jacobsville redevelopment. The Forge on Main — named for the original factory— is a $28-million project consisting of 180 workforce-living apartments and a 16,000 square-foot retail space to attract a fresh grocery and other commercial retailers. Upon completion in late 2021, The Forge’s rent will be based on 60 to 120 percent of the area’s median income.
Talent comes in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and, especially, ages. The youth of Evansville are some of our brightest citizens, with outstanding abilities in arts, sports, and technology. Over the past couple years, Evansville Living has shined a light on some of these young stars. In honor of National Youth Day, we are highlighting a few talented kids we’ve recently featured:
The Tri-State is home to many thrift stores and resale boutiques, but some items — often with rich histories and stunning details — require their own specialty stores. Here are five local antique stores packed with hidden gems that you’ll want to visit.
Most Evansvillians prefer to wash down their burgers, tenderloins, and Fall Fest favorites with one staple beverage — beer. But we’re not talking about any old lager or ale. When it comes to beer, Evansville’s got a keg up on the competition with plenty of local breweries and brewpubs to choose from.
Long considered the hallmark of Hoosier cuisine, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is one food that makes just about any Evansville resident think of home. Now, this local-favorite dish has made its way to Hoosier Burger for a limited time only. The Hoosier tenderloin sandwich is topped with juicy pickles, onions, and a smoky mayo-que with a little bit of a kick!
On Dec. 15, 2020, Purple Cup Coffee Company announced they had officially opened on Evansville’s West Side. By the time they began serving up hot and iced coffee options at 4502 W. Lloyd Expressway, Purple Cup already had almost 500 followers on Facebook. Living up to their initial hype, Purple Cup has been pouring some delicious stand-out drinks to the Tri-State that our staff decided to try.
As we move into the new year with excitement, we took time to reflect on the positives in the past 12 months. In our 2020 City View issue, we covered the people and places that make our city colorful. Enjoy five of our favorite Evansville colors we plan to enjoy again in 2021.
Evansville once had a mayor with an extravagant hobby. This photo from the University of Southern Indiana David L. Rice Library Archives showcases Charles G. Covert, mayor of Evansville from 1901 to 1906, on the far-right side alongside two cast members performing the play “The Grand Duchess.” Taken in 1883, the picture is an example of Covert’s short-lived but passionate journey in theater.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is known for its breathtaking trails, nature playscape, and educational experiences, but another integral part of their operations is the assortment of wildlife housed at the Nature Center. With a total of 27 animals, Wesselman’s has birds, box turtles, snappers, fish, snakes, and even a rabbit. Many other species of birds also can be spotted along the trails of the Nature Preserve.
To say our staff is excited about the opening of The Patisserie at 2nd Language (developed and owned by Pangea founder Randy Hobson) in Downtown Evansville is an understatement. On The Patisserie's menue, you can choose from house-made, flaky, artisanal croissants, Katsu sandwiches, and savory Ramen along with delicate Three-Day Donuts using an elaborately-crafted technique.
We want to test your River City knowledge! The following is a collection of questions from River City Trivia, a game made in the 1980s to celebrate Evansville’s rich and varied heritage. How much do you know about Evansville? • What West Side community was annexed by the city in 1857? • What is the largest street in Evansville?
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — 2020 was a rough year. But, it’s officially 2021 and time to turn over a new leaf. In order to jump start the year with positivity, we picked out some of the anticipated events, updates, and new residents to keep spirits bright for during this new year in Evansville.
A fascinating city smack in the middle of the country, Evansville has an interesting person, place, and thing for every letter of the alphabet. The River City loves to celebrate its contributions to history through museums, monuments, and most importantly — our letter “A” — artifacts.
Evansville might not seem like a place that funnels out star athletes, but there have been many famous football players, swimmers, golfers, baseball, and basketball players who grew up in the River City. To celebrate Evansville’s athletic history, we’ve compiled a list of the six most famous athletes who were raised in the city. This esteemed list includes Hall of Famers, gold medalists, MVPs, top draft picks, and champions!
Haynie’s Corner Arts District always has been a cultural hub in Evansville. Home to several popular businesses and dining establishments over the years, Haynie’s Corner has had many different looks.