Today’s Headlines

  • Editorial: Suburbs Are Too Lenient With DUIs, Which Can Lead to Tragedy (Tribune)
  • Scholarship Created to Honor Fallen Cyclist Jacob Bass; Family Investigating Crash (DNA)
  • CTA Plans to Upgrade Orange Line With Series 7000 Rail Cars (RedEye)
  • Evanstonians Surveyed About Their Interest in Extending Purple Express Hours (RedEye)
  • Metra Announces UP West Construction Will Cause a Month of Delays (Tribune)
  • After Reviewing Video, Cops Detain Person of Interest in CTA Groping Case (ABC)
  • “Horrendous Congestion” Feared From 2 New Lincoln Park Residential Towers (DNA)
  • RedEye Shares Chicagoans’ Reactions to Bicycling’s Top Cities Rankings, Including Ours
  • Fioretti to Lead His Last Bike Tour Within Old Ward Boundaries (DNA)
  • The Bloomingdale Lead Artist Discusses the Trail Tonight at 6:30 at Silver Room (DNA)
  • Memories of a Youth Spent on CTA, Metra & South Shore (LLL)

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  • Anne A

    Congestion on Diversey in Lincoln Park – more of the same old story. Will it be enough to convince folks who already live there that it’s time for significant ped, bike and transit improvements to alleviate traffic congestion?

  • What this is saying: No one new should live here because it’ll make it slower for me to drive in this neighborhood.

  • Anne A

    Another form of NIMBYism.

  • rohmen

    No, what she is saying is do not build buildings that will add at a minimum 128 more parking spaces–on top of a planned five-story shopping center and the parking it will surely add–in an area that is already “horribly congested” with cars.

    I would think that is a message streetsblog would actually support.

  • Kevin M

    This 33-year resident’s response to increasing housing density in her neighborhood is not too surprising. She likely does not realize that Chicago’s peak population (and related higher density) was once much higher than it is today.

    It started to drop significantly 40+ years ago. This resident, like the majority of today’s Chicago residents, is unaware of just how many people a city such as Chicago can hold.

    50-some years ago, Chicago had better transit and fewer private automobiles, so that peak population (~15% more than today, or ~3.5M) was able to get around the city a lot easier than it would today.

    I’d expect more of this reaction from Chicago residents as the density increases in various north and northwest side neighborhoods. It is going to force lifestyle changes that many people have planned on or agreed to.

  • Kevin M

    I agree, and I’ll add (sort of as an addendum to my post below) that early 20th Century housing developments in the Chicago that helped make room for the peak population of ~3.5M in the mid-20th Century did not include private parking for automobiles. They assumed their residents would take transit and walk or bike. The early 20th Century population density increase was probably still felt, but not to the same degree that it will be in the coming decade(s) as Chicago’s north and northwest side density squeezes to increase while transit investments lag behind.

  • Kevin M

    CORRECTION: have *not* planned on or agreed to.

  • Kevin M

    Do New York City or Boston have minimum parking requirements for new mult-unit developments?

  • FG

    I’m going to partially disagree on the parking-historic density. Much of that previous population was housed in buildings now gone and in more people per unit (i.e. bigger families in bungalows and two-flats especially). I suspect Lincoln Park densities haven’t changed as drastically as the decreases in other areas, hence adding units here could actually increase congestion, though I think the actual effect here would be unnoticeable. The big density increases happened with 4+1’s which have parking and haven’t been built in years.

  • jared

    Population in Lincoln Park peaked at 102,000 in 1950, by 2010 it was down to 64,000.

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