Today’s Headlines

  • Other Media Outlets Catch Wind of Kastigar’s Pro-Road Diet Petition (FOX, ABC, DNA)
  • Residents Worry Street Closure for Sports Center Will Cause Traffic Problems (Southtown)
  • Windy City’s Robust Grid Helps Prevent Atlanta-Style “Traffic Heart Attacks” (Chicago)
  • An Analysis of Crime on the CTA (NBC)
  • Woman Killed in Head-On Crash in Barrington (Tribune)
  • Help Lobby the South Shore Line to Allow Bikes on Trains (Active Trans)
  • More Deets on the Pedestrian Who Chased Down a Cab Driver (DNA)
  • Gallery: Photos of the Blue Line (RedEye)

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  • BlueFairlane

    I think the Atlanta piece underplays the specific problems with this storm while overplaying the beneficial effect of the Chicago grid and simultaneously ignoring certain realities. One, a storm like this hits Atlanta with the same approximate frequency as a 2011-style blizzard hits Chicago. They are as prepared for their storm as we were for ours, and we still wound up with Lake Shore Drive. Now imagine the conditions on Lake Shore Drive spread all over town. They don’t know how to treat streets, they don’t have the machinery to do so, and this was snow on top of solid ice. The problem in Atlanta wasn’t that the cars had no place to go, but that they just couldn’t move had they wanted to.

    Two, Chicago doesn’t want car traffic on neighborhood streets any more than Atlanta does. All the side streets in my neighborhood, for instance, are one-way, and several of them have been blocked at the main road, creating an artificial cul-de-sac. This site often praises things like that (rightfully, in many cases), but you can’t deny that they lessen the web effect.

    Three, the grid system naturally emerged in Chicago because Chicago has no topography. This is a pancake flat former marsh, so there was never any reason for there not to be a grid. In addition to all Atlanta’s zoning history, the place sits in a very hilly spot with lots of hills and waterways. Imposing a Chicago-like grid on Atlanta would have been a difficult and expensive endeavor.

  • I think this Slate piece did a better job linking Atlanta’s built environment of sprawl and car dependency with the inability for people to get places in Atlanta.

    If people were unable to use their cars to get places in Chicago, because all the other cars were in the way, we’d still have a reasonable experience getting places, reaching doctors and grocery stores, via trains, walking, and biking.


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Today’s Headlines

Illinois Traffic Deaths Are Up 9% This Year, Compared to 14% Nationally (WYGM) Active Trans Releases Report on Creating Complete Streets Policies in Illinois Communities Police Arrest Man Who Had Been Evading DUI Charges for 8 Years (Sun-Times) Police: Teens Have Been Robbing Bike Riders Near Garfield Park (NBC) Advocates Help Restore Access to Busse […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama to Announce Plans for Alternative Fuel Research at Argonne (Tribune) Lane Tech to Get Ped Refuge Island at Western and Cornelia (DNA) 2 Killed, 2 Injured in Lake Shore Drive Crash Near Belmont (Tribune, Sun-Times, DNA) Driver Consumed Alcohol, Pot and Xanax Before Fatal Crash in SW Suburbs (Tribune) Man Killed by Red Line […]

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Spike in IL Traffic Fatalities Coincides With Raising of Speed Limits on Rural Interstates (SJR) Law Center: Plan for Highway Near Lockport Would Unfairly Impact Minorities (Tribune) Chicago Is a Leader in Creating Walkable New Construction (Curbed) New Section of Elston Bypass With Curb-Protected Bike Lanes to Open Tuesday (DNA) Emanuel’s Former Chief of Staff Going […]

Today’s headlines for Friday, June 17

More Coverage of the Blaine Klingenberg Bike Fatality Case (Tribune, DNA) …And More Clueless Safety Preaching in the Mainstream Media (CBS) CTA Releases Final Designs for New 95th Street Terminal (DNA) Lincoln Ave. Bus Will Reboot on Monday — With Truncated Hours (DNA) Manor Ave. Neighborhood Greenway May Include Traffic Diverter (DNA) Green Line Arts Center Will […]

Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 9

Tribune‘s Misleading Traffic Camera Coverage Wins “Fairness in Journalism” Award Pawar Approves Zoning Change for Montrose Green TOD Project (DNA) SUV Driver Dies After Crashing Into Pole on 600 Block of North Milwaukee (DNA) Police Release Security Cam Images of Suspects in Green Line Cell Phone Thefts (Tribune) 2 Men Say Taxi Driver Kicked Them […]