Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Asphalt Aspirations And A Concrete Conundrum

Aug 3, 2017

The mayor contends his city's ordinance requiring a certain amount of green space will stop it from becoming saturated with pavement.
Credit City of West Lafayette

It doesn’t take much driving around Greater Lafayette to learn the summer’s buzzword: construction.

West Lafayette has less than two weeks before college students begin returning in droves and there are still questions about whether State Street will be open to accommodate that, particularly after last month’s rains and two gas main strikes earlier this week.

So on this edition of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we find out how West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is preparing and what he’s being told about the timelines.

Also on this week’s program, a listener has a question about what he calls the construction boom in Greater Lafayette.

As there’s more concrete to reflect the sun and enhance the greenhouse effect, there’s also less green space, so what does that do to an area’s climate?