Today’s Headlines

  • Traffic Cams Record Violations by Emanuel’s Security Detail (ABC)
  • Edison Park Chamber Blows $174K on Free Parking for Shoppers (DNA)
  • Romeoville Man Charged With DUI in Crash That Killed Son (Tribune)
  • 1 Killed, 1 Injured in South Chicago Crash (Tribune)
  • Drunk Driver on Train Tracks Told Cops She Was Looking for ATM (Tribune)
  • Video: Cop Nearly Right-Hooks Cyclist in Protected Bike Lane (Kevenides)
  • Water Fight: Comparing River Taxi Rates and Service (RedEye)
  • $4 Million Overhaul for Flossmoor Station (Sorry, Not the Brewpub) ABC
  • Logan Square Losing Cheap SROs Near ‘L’, Gaining Pricey Ones (Hertz)
  • Blacklisted: Neko Case’s Rude Response to a Parking Ticket (Expired Meter)

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  • Anne A

    Looking for an ATM along the BNSF? That one’s worthy of Letterman’s old Stupid Human Tricks feature.

  • Cash Rules Everything

    How is Edison Park chamber blowing the money? Their job is to support business doing everything legally in their power. Editorialized headlines like that take away from other great aspects of this blog IMO.

  • Cameron Puetz

    The article goes on to say that they had previously been leasing the lot. So this isn’t really even a change to what the Chamber is doing to promote business, just a change to how they’re structuring the financial side of it.

    You can argue about if the lot is good policy, but calling buying something to eliminate a lease payment blowing your money is a real stretch. Agreed that the editorialized headlines detract from an otherwise interesting news round up.

  • Interesting point about the change from leasing to buying the lot. However, editorializing is what we do — we’re a livable streets advocacy site.

  • Fred

    I’m not super familiar with the area, but I’m guessing that it’s competition is nearby suburbs that offer cheap or free parking. If you’re already in a car anyway, its not a big deal to drive an extra mile for free/cheap parking. If this area is not offering it, its losing out on business. Its really the fringe city neighborhoods that lose out on certain city fees and taxes.

  • Fred

    On may to work this morning, I noticed that car traffic was being routed into the Kinzie cycletrack at Kingsbury due to road construction. It was easy to do since there are only ~6 bollards left on the entire length.

  • Cash Rules Everything

    If the streets weren’t full of the living we’d have The Walking Dead.

  • skyrefuge

    Yeah, I’ve parked in that lot for the last 20 years, any time my parents have taken me to Don Juan’s restaurant across the street. If it’s full (it’s a really small lot, hardly anything that is going to induce traffic nightmares or road destruction) then we just park half a block further away on one of the plentiful residential side streets. The surrounding neighborhood is filled with low-density single-family homes that all have garages, so street parking is easy, traffic is a non-issue, and those things encourage driving. The existence of these lots will have almost no effect on that behavior. Though it sure is funny to see the Streetsblog-sent commenters on the original DNAInfo article with absolutely no knowledge of the neighborhood blindly regurgitating Lincoln Park-type arguments and applying them to Edison Park!

    The problem with the editorializing is that, when it’s wrong like this, it quickly becomes a “boy who cried wolf” scenario. There is enough legitimate, truly detrimental stuff that happens to make streets less-livable, that the only thing over-hyping non-issues accomplishes is to decrease your credibility, which I think you’d want to maintain for when it actually matters.

  • skyrefuge

    I actually think that (really small two-block) area has developed enough cachet as a “nightlife” area cooler-than-the-suburbs, but more-convenient-than-the-real-city, that the parking situation wouldn’t have too big of an effect on it. It’s not really drawing people that would otherwise just be going to Applebee’s. Uptown Park Ridge, less than a mile up the road, is the only area in a 5-mile radius that jumps into my head as something slightly similar.

  • Anne A

    Parking has been an issue in competition between Beverly’s small business districts (mostly meter parking where off-street isn’t available, except on Western) and Evergreen Park (free parking both on and off street). For short visits to businesses where meter parking might only cost a quarter or 50 cents, it’s hard to believe that would be enough to make a difference, but for some people it does.

    In Edison Park, where many of the businesses are restaurants and bars where patrons may be less time conscious, and there’s plenty of competition nearby in Park Ridge, I think it would be more of a factor, especially since parking enforcement has gotten tighter in Edison Park in recent months.