Today’s Headlines

  • Cuts in State Subsidy of Reduced Fares Will Cost the CTA Millions (Tribune)
  • Cubs Propose Ped Bridge From Red Line to to Wrigley Field (DNA)
  • Emanuel Accuses RTA Board of Being Negligent During Metral Scandal (Sun-Times)
  • Osterman Introduces Ordinance to Pedestrianize Kenmore Near Loyola (DNA)
  • More Divvy  Stations Coming to Wicker Park / Bucktown and Lincoln Park
  • Man Dies in Pileup on I-55 Near Channohon (Tribune)
  • SUV Driver Submerged in Pond After Arlington Heights Crash (Tribune)
  • Route 41 in Lake Forest Closed After Vehicle Hits Bridge, Dislodging Beam (Tribune)
  • Police Officer Driving on Lakefront Trail Gets Swamped by “Rogue Wave” (RedEye)
  • Linus Trying to Ride Divvy’s Coattails to Promote Its Bixi-Like City Bikes (PRWeb)

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  • “Cubs Propose Ped Bridge From Red Line to to Wrigley Field (DNA)” – this should be done anyway. The best way to prevent random drunk people from pissing on your street? Only let them do it on CTA property!

  • Katja

    The “rogue wave” story link goes to the Route 41 story.

  • CL

    Man, some residents are really not going to be happy if Loyola takes over Kenmore and Winthrop. I can understand Loyola wanting to keep traffic out of their campus — it’s unfortunate for Loyola that LSD ends right there, so they have tons of traffic coming through — but this will make congestion on Sheridan even worse. I hope it ends up being a good route for bikes, because it would help if bikes had a good route north (not Sheridan) so they’re not fighting it out with cars.

    Also, being able to park in Loyola’s garage from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. is really not going to make up for the loss of 52 parking spaces. Residents need somewhere to park when they come home at the end of the day. There is no reason for anyone who actually lives there to use the garage when you have to leave at 2 a.m.

  • Speaking of which, it would be awesome if the CTA could figure out a way to keep people from using their elevators as urinals. More civilized cities actually provides proper bathrooms for their transit customers.

  • Loyola has bought up several nearby buildings, converted some to student dorms and others to green space, and one of the residence halls on the pedestrianized block is eco-themed and will actually require students to sign an agreement not to bring a car to campus. Therefore, parking demand is being significantly reduced. Also, I have zero sympathy for people carping that they will no longer be able to use this residential street as a cut-through alternative to Sheridan.

  • CL

    I assumed (and I don’t live there so I could be wrong) that parking was already crowded there even without students bringing cars, just because parking is so scarce in that area. If there are 52+ fewer cars on the street because of this agreement, I guess that’s good, but I expect those streets are crammed even during summer.

  • Anonymous

    There is a ton of unused parking in that area due to the buildings that Loyola has taken over. A bunch of them are 4+1’s and the parking is largely unused. Better utilization of that existing parking could easily cover for any lost street spots.

  • Anonymous

    My one (minor) complaint is that going northbound on Kenmore you hit one-way Rosemount and have to go to Sheridan, and if you’re there at the wrong time, there’s a bazillion Sacred Heart parents blocking the very narrow street. Used to be able to continue north on Kenmore and hit Sheridan there and avoid that mess.

  • CL

    I thought Winthrop was still open? But I don’t know, I live on the other side of RP, and I just take Sheridan.

    If there are really a lot of empty street parking spaces overnight then the impact on residents won’t be too bad. (And man, I live in the wrong place — I didn’t know there was an area of Rogers Park / north Edgewater that had unused parking… I thought you had to circle at night anywhere in the neighborhood these days)

  • Anonymous

    Winthrop is, yes. Sorry, was talking about Kenmore, which closed for construction activity in March or April of last year. Sounds like Winthrop is still a couple years down the road.

    And I’m not saying there is unused *street* parking in the area (there isn’t), but with the block of Kenmore specifically, the parking has been removed for over a year. The unused parking I’m talking about is under the buildings Loyola has purchased.

  • CL

    No, my bad, for some reason I was thinking the 52 spaces were Kenmore and Winthrop together, but it sounds like that’s the total for just Kenmore.

    So it sounds like the project will (continue to) make it harder for residents to park on the street in the area — the loss of the 52 spaces has already happened, and then they’re planning to eliminate even more street parking when they close Winthrop in phase 2. That would be my biggest concern if I lived there.

  • Jakub Muszynski

    These hidden public urinals could do the trick, they hide when there are not needed and pop out of the ground when they are needed.

  • CL

    YES. The CTA needs restrooms. It’s an accessibility issue, and it would reduce the number of people using the train cars as toilets. I’m sure they don’t want to clean restrooms, which is understandable, but the result is that they end up cleaning up messes in the elevators or on the actual trains, which is so much worse for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Right, probably another ~52 spaces on Winthrop as well.

  • Anonymous

    Where is that from? Seems like the kind of thing that’d be vandalized into oblivion around here.

  • Jakub Muszynski

    Victoria, British Columbia. Designers say that the open design would discourage vandalism, plus with the urinal hydraulically sinks to the ground even if there was vandalism it wouldn’t be noticeable or a high target as it hides during the day time. It’s a great way to discourage public urination that might be an issue.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/19/urilift-the-disappearing-public-urinal-and-we-do-mean-public/

  • Adam Herstein

    Cubs Propose Ped Bridge From Red Line to to Wrigley Field

    Please let this constructed. The ‘L’ station is such a clusterfuck after a Cubs game and this would help immensely.

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