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Join Us Next Thursday for the “Forward Mobility” Party at Transit Tees

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Transit Tees is your one-stop shop for cool bike- and transit-themed schwag. Photo: John Greenfield

Bummed because you weren’t one of the dozens of Streetsblog Chicago readers who showed up to Revolution Brewing for great conversation and delicious craft beer at our Donor Appreciation Party last Wednesday? Here’s another chance to hang out with sustainable transportation enthusiasts and support the SBC revival effort, while browsing very cool transit- and bike-themed clothing, home decor, and more. Here’s the skinny:

“Foward Mobility” party, Thursday, April 2, 6-9 p.m. at Transit Tees, 1371 North Milwaukee, free admission.

If you’ve never been to Transit Tees, it’s a unique store with everything from t-shirts with the CTA map embroidered on them to jewelry made out of vintage transit tokens to stuffed pigeons. It’s where I got my beloved ‘L’ system necktie. Best of all, much of this interesting schwag is made in-house. Read my interview with owner Tim Gillengerten here.

Steven Vance and I will be staffing a table and sharing info about our work promoting safe, efficient, and vibrant streets. If you’ve donated $100 or more to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund and weren’t able to make to RevBrew the other night, be sure to stop by for your free copy of my book “Bars Across America.”

Representatives from the Transit Future campaign will also be on hand discussing the effort to create a dedicated funding stream for public transportation. And staff from Norsman Architects will talk about their proposal to to address Milwaukee Avenue’s dooring epidemic with a street remix.

If that’s not enough to get you in the door, there will also be free appetizers provided by Antique Taco and Transit Tees, and more beer donated by RevBrew!

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Buy a Po Campo Bag Next Week & They’ll Donate Half the Money to SBC

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Po Campo’s Bike Share Bag is designed to fit in a Divvy rack.

Here’s a terrific way to help us reel in the last few thousand dollars we need to resume publication, while scoring a great deal on a stylish, practical bike bag for yourself or someone you love. Po Campo, Chicago’s homegrown bike bag company, will be donating 50 percent of online sales of four different models to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund this Monday through Wednesday, March 30 to April 1. Use the coupon code “Streetsblog CHI” and you’ll get 10 percent off your purchase of one of these four bags.

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Maria Bousted. Photo by Martha Williams.

Click here to see Po Campo’s “StreetsblogCHI Collection.” The four bags, mostly named after Chicago neighborhoods, include the Loop Pannier, the Pilsen Crossbody Bag, the Logan Bike Trunk Bag, and the Bike Share Bag. The latter is a very handy item if you’re a frequent bike-share user – it allows you to maximize the carrying capacity of the front rack on a Divvy cycle, or any other Bixi bike-share vehicle.

Like all Po Campo bags, these models work great on or off the bike. They fasten securely to your ride, and they’re made of waterproof, vegan materials with reflective accents and handy pockets. But they’re also comfortable and classy enough to wear to a work function or a night on the town.

Po Campo owner Maria Boustead is an industrial designer who’s a longtime supporter of Steven and John’s transportation reporting projects. “As transportation bicycling enthusiasts, we rely on Streetsblog to keep us informed on how cities are transforming themselves to become more accommodating to transportation options other than cars,” she recently wrote. Read more from Maria about why she’s supporting our reboot effort on the Po Campo blog.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Hinz: Never-Released State Study Found Illiana Not Financially Viable (Crain’s)
  • Transcript Shows Driver in CTA O’Hare Crash Admitted She Dozed Off (Tribune)
  • A Guide to the Byrne Interchange Reconstruction Project (Chicagoist)
  • Man Charged With DUI Was 4 Times Over Legal Limit With Kids in Car (Tribune)
  • 2nd Lawsuit Filed Against Trucker Who Killed Mother & Her 2 Children (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Hits Gas Pedal Instead of Brake Outside Diner, Crashes Into Kitchen (Tribune)
  • CDOT Launching Go Edgewater TDM Program in North Lakefront ‘Hood (DNA)
  • Video: Mega Commuter Rafael Sanchez Bikes 20 Miles to Work Every Day (WGN)
  • Are CTA Colon Cancer Awareness Ads Clever or Tasteless? You Decide (IU Inspired)
  • Meeting This Monday Re: Proposed TOD Towers at 2293 N. Milwauke (LSNA)

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Good news! Thanks to generous support from readers and advertisers, we are now in the home stretch of our campaign to revive this website. Our war chest now contains $45,390, which means we’ve got less than $5K to raise in order to win the $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust that will allow us to resume publication. However, we now have less than two weeks to come up with that money before out April 8 reboot deadline. If you value Streetsblog Chicago’s hard-hitting transportation reporting and haven’t already donated to the resurrection fund, please consider doing so today.

Thanks again for your support!

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Metra: February Snows Caused BNSF Delays, But Reliability Has Improved (Tribune)
  • Metra Paying Firm $12.6 Million to Update Accounting System (Sun-Times)
  • Madison Street Lane Closures Expand as Part of Loop Link BRT Work (Sun-Times)
  • 37-Year-Old Woman Dies After Crashing SUV in Monee (Herald-News)
  • Senior’s Response to Rogers Park Road Rage Incident: “People Need to Chill” (DNA)
  • Construction Slated for New Logan Square TOD Development (Curbed)
  • Sauganash Whole Foods Tries to Fix Traffic Woes With New Parking Lot (DNA)
  • Chicago Magazine Looks at Why Bike Licensing Has Failed Almost Everywhere
  • Crews Will Replace 120-Year-Old Sewers on Lawrence, Central in Jeff Park (DNA)
  • There’s a Big Photo of Steven on the Home Page of Active TransSplashy New Website

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Good news! Thanks to generous support from readers and advertisers, we are now in the home stretch of our campaign to revive this website. Yesterday, we received a number of online donations to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, a new pledge from a local business, and several hundred dollars in contributions at our super-fun Donor Appreciation Party at Revolution Brewing. We’re very grateful to everyone who showed up and/or contributed to the cause yesterday, and we also want to give a big thanks to RevBrew for hosting the event and buying the first round for donors who gave $100 or more. 

After receiving $1,650 in donations and the pledge yesterday, our war chest now contains $45,110, which means we’ve got less than $5K to raise in order to win the $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust that will allow us to resume publication. However, we now have less than two weeks to come up with that money before out April 8 reboot deadline. If you value Streetsblog Chicago’s hard-hitting transportation reporting and haven’t already donated to the resurrection fund, please consider doing so today.

Thanks again for your support!

– John

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See You Tonight at Revolution Brewing for Our Donor Appreciation Party

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The cavernous taproom at RevBrew’s Kedzie facility. Photo: Big Shoulders Atlas

We’ve come a long way since Streetsblog Chicago went on hiatus in early January due to funding issues. We now have less than $7,000 left to raise until we win a challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust that will allow us to resume original reporting. However, we’ve got exactly two weeks until our April 8 reboot deadline, so we can still use some help. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a contribution to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund.

As a show of appreciation to our readers and sponsors who have stepped up to the plate to support us, we’re hosting a Donor Appreciation Party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie (NOT their Milwaukee Avenue brewpub). It’s an opportunity to mingle with movers and shakers in the local sustainable transportation scene while enjoying RevBrew’s tasty craft beer. Admission is free; cash bar.

All Streetsblog reader are encouraged to attend. If you’ve donated $100 or more, be sure to stop by the welcome table, where you’ll receive a drink ticket and a copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that total $100, please email me at greenfieldjohn[at]hotmail.com to make sure you’re included on the VIP list. If I you owe you a book but you can’t attend, let me know and I’ll drop one in the mail for you.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you this evening at the brewery, and we can’t wait to get back to work bringing you the latest sustainable transportation and safe streets news. As always, big thanks for your support.

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Active Trans Launches Petition to Support “Vision Zero” Fatality Reduction Strategy
  • Driver Killed in Crash, Passenger Injured, After Running Stoplight in Aurora (CBS)
  • 79-Year-Old Woman Dies After Crashing Her Van Near DeKalb (Tribune)
  • Semi Driver Injures Pedestrian in Elmhurst, Flees the Scene (Sun-Times)
  • Man Shot in Stomach Duting Belmont Craigin Road Rage Incident (DNA)
  • Video: Real Estate Guy Goes Ballistic During Rogers Park Road Rage Melee (DNA)
  • Bike Cops Save the Life of Elderly Tourist on the Mag Mile (Sun-Times)
  • Plan Commission Approves TOD Projects in West Loop & Logan Square (Curbed)
  • Hacker Derek Eder Says Transit Agencies Could Think Bigger With Ventra App (RedEye)
  • Steinberg Does the Right Thing by Not Stealing a Loose Divvy Bike (Sun-Times)

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that add up to $100, please be sure to notify me at greenfieldjohn[at] hotmail.com to ensure you are included on the VIP list.

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $43,460 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $7K to raise before we hit $50K. At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have two weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you tonight at RevBrew!

– John

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Join Us for a Bike Tour of Transit-Oriented Development Sites on April 11

This proposed building at 830 N Milwaukee Avenue will be part of our TOD Tour. Rendering by bKL Architecture

Want to hear developers talk about why they’ve chosen to build “parking-lite” residential projects near ‘L’ stops? We’re leading a bike ride around the city to visit sites where firms are taking advantage of Chicago’s 2013 transit-oriented development ordinance. Here’s the skinny:

Streetsblog Chicago’s TOD Bike Tour, Saturday, April 11, 1-4 p.m., leaving from Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington, $20 admission charge (cash or credit card) benefits SBC.

While developers are usually required to provide a 1:1 ratio of parking spaces to units, whether or not residents will actually use all those spots, the TOD law reduces that requirement by half for sites within two blocks of rapid transit stations. So, instead of building housing that encourages people to bring more cars into a neighborhood, the companies that are taking advantage of the ordinance are promoting transit use and other sustainable ways to get around.

The TOD law also allows for more more square footage to be built on a given footprint near train stops – if they meet certain requirements – which means that developers can build more units. Along with the reduced parking mandate, higher density encourages more affordable housing costs, and allows more residents to save time and money by living close to transit.

The tour will depart from Daley Plaza at 1:15 p.m. sharp and visit these sites (map). Some we’ll stop at and others we’ll pass by:

  1. 500 N Milwaukee Ave – In demolition phase
  2. 830 N Milwaukee Ave – In approval phase (stop)
  3. 1611 W Division St – Completed (stop)
  4. 1237 N Milwaukee Ave – In demolition phase
  5. 2211 N Milwaukee Ave – In approval phase (stop)
  6. 2293 N Milwaukee Ave – In community engagement phase
  7. 2338 N California Ave – Has Plan Commission approval, waiting for Council approval
  8. 3400 N Lincoln Ave – In approval phase
  9. 1819 W Montrose Ave – In approval phase (stop)

At each stop, representatives from the development or architecture firm will give a short presentation about the project. The last site is next to the Montrose Brown Line station, where you can catch a ride back to the Loop with your bike, or else join us for more conversation about development and transportation over pints at the nearby Fountainhead Tavern, 1970 West Montrose Ave.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Active Trans Urges Politicians to Refine, Not Abolish, Traffic Cam Program (Sun-Times)
  • New Lawsuit Filed Against City for Red Light and Speed Cameras (Sun-Times)
  • Milwaukee Road Diet, P-Streets Emerge as Issues in 45th Ward Race (DNA)
  • Rauner’s Motorcade Involved in 2nd Crash in About 2 Months (NBC)
  • IDOT Closes a Stretch of Irving Park Due to Truckers Ramming Bridge (Tribune)
  • City Lab Program on Goose Island Will Be Testing Ground for Infrastructure (DNA)
  • Elly Blue & John Weigh in on the Folly of Bicycle Licensing (Chicagoist)
  • A Year After Train Jumped Tracks at O’Hare, Escalator Still Not Replaced (DNA)
  • Expired Meter Rolls Out “The Driver’s Side,” An Autocentric Headline Stack

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party this Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that add up to $100, please be sure to notify me at greenfieldjohn[at] hotmail.com to ensure you are included on the VIP list.

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $43,180 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $7K to raise before we hit $50K. [Note: We’re currently having some technical difficulties with our Donate-O-Meter graphic after moving the site to a new server — this should be fixed soon.] At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have only about three weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you on the 25th at RevBrew!

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Transit Agencies Seeking 100 Volunteers to Test Ventra Ticketing App (Sun-Times)
  • Rail Advocates: Gutting Amtrak Would Discourage Businesses From Moving Here (CBS)
  • Pedestrian Mark A. Cipolla Killed After 2 Allegedly Drunk Drivers Collide in Joliet (CBS)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Strikes Pedestrian in Mount Prospect (Sun-Times)
  • 7 People Injured in 2-Car Car Crash in Elk Grove Village (NBC)
  • 5 Injured in 3-Vehicle Collision on Bishop Ford (CBS)
  • Elderly Couple Woken Up By Driver Tearing Through Their House at 3 a.m. (WGN)
  • Cyclist Seriously Injured in Wood Street Dooring Sues for Damages (Keating)
  • Kevenides Has a Close Call While Biking on Milwaukee Avenue
  • Transit-Oriented Development Planned for Lot Next to Roosevelt ‘L’ Stop (Curbed)
  • Half-Baked Idea Refuses to Die: Bike Tax an Issue in 43rd Ward Debate (DNA)

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party this Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.” If you’ve made multiple donations that add up to $100, please be sure to notify me at greenfieldjohn[at] hotmail.com to ensure you are included on the VIP list.

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $43,030 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $7K to raise before we hit $50K. [Note: We’re currently having some technical difficulties with our Donate-O-Meter graphic after moving the site to a new server — this should be fixed soon.] At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have only about three weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you on the 25th at RevBrew!

– John

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Today’s Headlines

  • Op-Ed: Politicians Shouldn’t Buy the False Populism of BRT Opponents (Sun-Times)
  • Motorist Fleeing Car Fire on I-55 Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver (Sun-Times)
  • Three Children Injured When Driver Crashes School Bus Into Trees (Tribune
  • DuPage County Board Member Arrested on DUI Charges (Tribune)
  • Chicago Loop Alliance Installing 18 Pedestrian Counting Devices Downtown (Crain’s)
  • Developer Wants to Replace Lot at Bend in ‘L’ Tracks With Curvy TOD Tower (Curbed)
  • Wicker Parkers: Development by 606 Needs More Affordable Housing (DNA)
  • Cappleman Removing New Meters Due to Residents’ Crime Concerns (DNA)
  • Quad Cities Groups Hire Alta for Bike-Share Feasibility Study (QC Times)
  • Winter Weather Leads to an Epidemic of Cracked Divvy Saddles (DNA)
  • Divvy Trips Website Features an Animated Map Showing Bike-Share Journeys
  • CNT Hosts An Intergenerational Panel Discussion on TOD Next Tuesday

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Whether or not you’ve contributed to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund, we hope you can join us for our Donor Appreciation Party on Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie Avenue taproom, 3340 North Kedzie. All Streetsblog readers are invited to attend this free event, and everyone who has contributed $100 or more will get a complimentary beer courtesy of RevBrew, plus a free copy of my book “Bars Across America.”

Thanks to the support of readers like you, our fundraising effort has come a long way since SBC went on hiatus on January 8. We have raised $42,840 in contributions and ad sales, so we’ve got less than $8K to raise before we hit $50K. [Note: We’re currently having some technical difficulties with our Donate-O-Meter graphic after moving the site to a new server — this should be fixed soon.] At that point, we’ll win a $25K challenge grant from the Chicago Community Trust, which will allow us to resume publication by our April 8 deadline.

However, we now have only about three weeks to meet that goal. If you value Streetsblog’s hard-hitting coverage of local transportation and safe streets news, and you haven’t already done so, please make a contribution today. While donations are not tax-deductible at this point, in the very unlikely event that the site does not relaunch by April 8, your money will be refunded.

One more thing: If you’d like to get Today’s Headlines in your email inbox right after they go live, sign up for our mailing list here.

As always, thanks for your support. We hope to see you on the 25th at RevBrew!

– John