Area history, July 24, 2014
In 1914, for the first time in the history of the local waterworks plant, officials are asking residents of Champaign and Urbana to conserve water use in case of a fire. "I hope the Gazette will be able to impress on water consumers the seriousness of the situation and ask them, if you will, to desist from sprinkling their lawns and the pavement so there will be no occasion for harm," said F.C. Amsbary, manager of the waterworks.
In 1964, a $14.3 million center for performing arts — destined to make Champaign-Urbana one of the leading cultural centers of the nation — will be built at the University of Illinois, largely as a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert of Indianapolis. UI President David D. Henry called it "a magnificent cultural complex" that will "have a striking significance on American life."
In 1999, local bus transportation officials set the wheels in motion to annex new South First Street development, including an apartment complex at First Street and Curtis Road.