Today’s Headlines for Friday, April 10

  • 6-Corners Business Group, Active Trans Working on Plan for Irving/Cicero/Milwaukee (DNA)
  • Trucker Crashes Into Disabled Car on I-55 Near Plainfield, Killing Driver (NBC)
  • $600K Settlement for Woman Struck in Downer’s Grove by Turning Truck Driver (Keating)
  • Cyclist Struck by Speeding Teen Driver in Riverside Gets $100,000 Settlement (Keating)
  • Active Trans Looks at Why Chicago’s Walk Score Ranking Dropped This Year
  • The Story Behind the Argyle Red Line Station’s Pagoda (Curbed)
  • Real Estate Company Suing Metra for Blocking Sale of Millennium Station Retail Lease (Crain’s)
  • SBC Booster Ruth Rosas Will Bike Across Country, Helping Build Houses Along the Way (DNA)
  • John Talks About How the Runoff Election Will Impact Transportation on WGN Radio

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  • Andy S

    $100k settlement. A bit more than $100. (Item 4.)

  • Anne A

    I’m very familiar with the intersection in Riverside where that crash occurred – complex traffic patterns. That location has definitely had more than its share of crashes over the years.

  • Fixed, thanks.

  • jeff wegerson

    Re: Walkscore Ranking position loss fourth to sixth.

    The Sheridan/Broadway corridor, from Howard to Hollywood and its Peterson/Ridge adjunct is a classic example of walk-ability destruction. Cutting through several dense urban neighborhoods rich in transit, these horrific automobile thorough-fares have degraded neighborhoods that should be much more vibrant. One sees it in the quality of small business viability. Compare the business environment of either gentrified Clark street in Andersonville or the immigrant business communities on north Clark in Rogers Park or west Devon.

    A vibrant business community can take decades to establish itself so we will need to be patient with the recent road diets on Lawrence and Broadway south of Foster.

    Yet the Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods desparately need the calming and removal of the excess and the excessive car cultures forced on those neighborhoods. Car drivers scream and whine loudly at any return of stolen neighborhood street lanes. The moaning over the repatriation of lanes on Lawrence back to walking and biking, can still be heard.

    Yet when we demand that the suburbanites pony up the tax money to pay for a two-lane each way extension of LSD to Evanston, they cry that Libertarians don’t believe in that sort of thing. Fine, then it becomes your problem. Either pay for a decent urban solution or accept that lanes on Sheridan and Broadway will be returned to the walking and biking residents they were stolen from by the rapacious rise of car driving,

  • R.A. Stewart

    Walkscore has its flaws, or did a few years ago when I first became aware of it, but for Chicago to fall behind Miami–*Miami!*–in walkability by any measure is pathetic.

    The Active Trans article does help put it in perspective. We aren’t actually going backward–yet–our new governor is working on that–but we are standing still, or making tiny steps (two forward and one back), while much of the rest of the country is actually, finally, making substantive improvements in walkability, land use, and (the big, important thing that we have made *zero* expansion in) transit.