Today’s Headlines

  • Train Cars Removed From O’Hare, Station May Reopen This Weekend (Tribune)
  • Passengers From O’Hare Blue Line Crash Share Their Experiences (RedEye)
  • House Passes Bill Requiring CPS to Bus Students on Safe Passages Routes (Sun-Times)
  • Probationer Who Killed Boy During Police Chase Fell Through Cracks in System (Tribune)
  • Ride-Sharing Proponents Tell City Council to Go Easy on Regulations (Tribune, DNA)
  • Ashland Bridge Removal for Bloomingdale Trail Takes Place This Weekend (Expired Meter)
  • The Benefits of Chicago’s TOD Ordinance (MPC)
  • Chicago’s Zoning Code Needs to Be Overhauled (City Notes)
  • What Kevenides Learned About Bike Crashes & Brain Injuries
  • Winter Placemaking in Evanston (MPC)
  • Check Out This Odd, Transit-Friendly Folding Bike (Chicargobike)

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  • That article by City Notes is fascinating, thanks for posting! Another force probably working against “desirable” areas is that once people move in, the NIMBY population increases and becomes an obstacle to dense development.

    I’ve experienced this in the South Loop. When the central station area was a hell hole, no one cared if you were building high-rises. Now that the high-rises are there, any new, dense development is constantly opposed by your run-of-the-mill NIMBY’s posing as neighborhood organizations (Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, the West Loop Community Organization, to name a couple). Luckily, many of the lots in the south loop already carry strong DX designations so projects like the tower apartment project at 14th and Wabash can still happen.

  • Fred

    Re: Probationer fell through the cracks

    Real world consequence of cutting government spending.

  • Sure thing. We should have some guest posts from Daniel Hertz on Streetsblog Chicago in the near future.

  • Peter

    interesting info graphic by AASHTO
    https://invest.transportation.org/

  • Peter

    Article on the Gas Tax and Federal Trans Funding

    http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/201881-congress-reaches-fork-in-the-road-on-gas-tax

    The Highway Trust Fund’s highway account could fall below $4 billion in late July. At that level, the USDOT will begin cash management strategies that could
    present cash flow problems for states during construction season. The mass
    transit account is expected to have $1 billion by the end of the year. The
    Highway Trust Fund Ticker from USDOT is available here: http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker

  • what_eva

    “We do not provide transportation services,” Stevens [from Sidecar] said.

    BS. You are providing dispatching services, that is most certainly a transportation service. Even calling these services “ride-sharing” is a fallacy. In most cases (there are likely some limited exceptions), the drivers aren’t picking up people who were already going their way, they’re acting as taxis.

    That is not to say that there aren’t issues with the current taxi regulation, there most certainly are. The apps do some stuff that taxi companies should have figured out already (reliable app based dispatch, phone payments, etc). Users like those features and the fact that rates can be lower than taxi rates. Of course that last is largely because they’re not paying for proper insurance and they don’t have to pay license fees to the city like licensed cabs do.

  • Evan Jenkins

    Don’t assume you’re safe just because you have dense zoning in place. Chicago aldermen can and will spot zone to block development. Here’s a good article about how it played out a number of years ago here in Hyde Park: http://hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com/2008/06/danger-alderman-at-play.html

  • Those instances are becoming less and less since the ruling against the city and Ald. Fioretti with the Congress Hotel. Personally, I think aldermanic privilege is probably coming to a close. Besides being crazy unconstitutional, I think the great recession & real estate crash has made all but the most established of neighborhoods grateful for any development. Unfortunately, developers of low-quality projects have realized this and know they can build strip malls with impunity. All the more reason to rewrite the chicago zoning code to prevent suburban style development.