Today’s Headlines

  • Quinn Responds to Active Trans Questions About Transportation, Rauner Doesn’t
  • Friends of the Parks Upset That Lucas Museum Wasn’t Debated at Museum Campus Meeting (DNA)
  • 7-Story Apartment Complex With New Aldi Proposed for Milwaukee/Leavitt, Next to 606 (DNA)
  • Randolph Reduced to 1 Lane for Construction of Block 37 Apartments (Chicago Architecture)
  • Graffiti Artists Somehow Got CTA Uniforms & Keys, Vandalized 3 Rail Cars (RedEye)
  • Inbound Metra Train Stuck in Woodstuck With Mechanical Problems (NW Herald)
  • Online Poll Pick Name of Loyola’s New Car-Free Block: St. Ignatius Community Plaza (DNA)
  • City Clerk Is Targeting 150K Vehicle Sticker Scofflaws (Sun-Times)
  • Chicago Drivers Filed 5,179 Claims for Pothole Damage This Year (Sun-Times)
  • Crews Are Re-Paving Sections of Loyola & Ridge in 40th Ward (DNA)
  • Oak Parkers Are Stoked to Be Getting Divvy Stations (Tribune)

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  • jeff wegerson

    Yes the graffiti looked artful, in a classic graffiti style. But perhaps the headline would have been better written as:

    “Graffiti Vandals Somehow Got CTA Uniforms & Keys, Attempt Art on 3 Rail Cars”

    The headline writer is clearly conflicted. Are they vandals or artists? So I guess they just went with both.

  • rohmen

    Well, considering someone like Bansky sells pieces through mainstream, respected art galleries for north of $500,000, yet the majority of his work represents what can legally be called “vandalism,” I think Graffiti/Street “artist” is the appropriate mainstream term in many of these situations.

  • rohmen

    As an OP resident, I doubt I’ll use Divvy all that much vs. my own bike, but I think it’s great to see OP realize the advantage of bike share and help work to make this happen.

    I’m also excited that putting money into bike share will also hopefully reflect a shift towards adding more bike infrastructure in general, as outlined in the Village’s own bike plan. As the article notes, cycling in Oak Park is pretty safe, but the safety is based largely on the fact that the streets are narrow (especially when cars are parked on both sides), which I think forces people to act extra cautious around parents cycling with kids and bicyclists in general, and not because the infrastructure out here is amazing.

  • My first draft was “Artistic Vandals…”

  • BillD

    The best way to combat sticker problems is to integrate sticker fees with license plate fees. Not perfect – one could still register in a lower tax district. Other states have figured this out. Why not IL? Prob. crony sticker printers and public employees who’s job is to process these transactions.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    I wouldn’t be too concerned about the graffiti. Yeah its q mess. My concern would be for the safety and security of CTA riders if its so easy to broach the rail yard and obtain keys and uniforms. These are things terrorists do and sabotage could have just have been their goal.

  • jeff wegerson

    I get that in certain situations the work improves the environment. And, of course, the CTA is paid to vandalize it’s own trains with advertisements. But for me neither case improves the environment of my train ride.

    On the other hand, the artistic addition of paint to freight boxcars and the like is an improvement.

  • There are a significant proportion of Indiana license plated cars parked overnight in Albany Park on a regular basis. Lots of Chicagoans are mis-registering their cars deliberately to get “a deal”. Same thing with stickers.

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