Today’s Headlines

  • Online Petition Calls for a Stoplight at Foster and Kilbourn (DNA)
  • Rosemont Taxpayers Will Foot $50K Bill to Subsidize Driving to Mall Opening (Tribune)
  • New Self-Reported Bike Crash Map Launched (Gapers Block)
  • Driver Who Allegedly Killed Senior Then Fled Held on $250K Bail (Tribune)
  • Family Sues CTA Over Death of Man at Forest Park Stop (Tribune)
  • Person Seriously Injured After Driver Crashes Into Building in Beverly (DNA)
  • Richard M. Daley Leading New Company to Help Cities Build Infrastructure (Grist)
  • RTA Board Member Resigns After Failing to Repay State Grant (Tribune)
  • New Pedestrian Bridge Opens in Orland Park (Tribune)
  • Parklet by Pizzeria Would Look Like A Pizza Slice When Viewed From the Side (Curbed)
  • Bike Shop Staffers Say Divvy Could Help Boost their Sales (DNA)
  • Ride or Photograph the Red Divvy Bike to Win Prizes (RedEye)

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  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I’m okay with a pizza shaped parklet by a pizza place. Just strikes me as the pizza place getting a free sidewalk cafe.

  • I hear you. The public will be welcome to use the People Spot, and the pizza-slice cross section is clever, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that designed gets kiboshed because it’s essentially an ad for the pizzeria.

  • Fred

    If I drive a circle around Balmoral>River>Irving Park>294, how many times do you think I can go through the tollbooth over the weekend? We should rally all local car clubs to “cruise” that route all weekend!

  • CL

    My god that parklet is going to be huge. And more than half of it is just plants.

  • Anonymous

    And even if the public is welcome to use it, will the public realize that? ie, if it looks like it’s part of Dimo’s, will people think it is and therefore not use it because they haven’t gone in and bought a slice.

  • That’s an issue with most People Spots. I.e., the one at Heritage Bicycles basically looks like a seating area for the cafe. But there is a sign alerting people that it’s public seating. The Dimo’s parklet won’t look like a sidewalk cafe, however. It will be more like an an avant-garde landscaped space that includes a long bench, so that may make it more obvious it’s public. That’s the case with the Andersonville People Spot, which isn’t in front of a restaurant.

  • Who will propose the first Beach Parklet?