Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 29

  • A Sign the Illiana Has a Pulse: Rauner Wants Tax Exemption for Its Building Materials (ELPC)
  • Bicyclist In Critical Condition When Struck by Motorcyclist Near Addison & Milwaukee (Tribune)
  • 5 Injured, Including 2 Children, After Car Chase Ends in a Crash in East Garfield (ABC)
  • Halsted Closure for Byrne Interchange Work Will Require CTA, UIC Bus Reroutes (DNA)
  • More Coverage of the Proposed TOD Law Update (Sun-Times, Curbed)
  • 606 Users: City Should Publicize the Trail’s Health Benefits to the Latino Community (Tribune)
  • Cyclists Cited in Lake County Crackdown Can Avoid Tickets by Taking LIB Test (Tribune)
  • Local Urban Planners Have Walked From California to Chicago, Heading to NYC (Fox)
  • R.I.P. Mitch Aliotta, “Lake Shore Drive” Bass Player (Sun-Times)
  • Anti-Development Protest Planned for Tuesday in Logan Square (Facebook)
  • Active Trans Is Hosting a Tour of the Cal-Sag Trail on August 8

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  • DR

    The anti-development march evidence links are painful to me as a progressive. The policy schisms that exist within urban progressive communities are creating a power vacuum in city policy that is allowing regressive neighborhood groups to take a leading role.

  • Jim Mitchell

    The Trib is now reporting that the bicyclist struck by a motorcycle in Old Irving Park actually survived. The police thought he was dead when they first arrived at the scene, but they were wrong; he was just unresponsive, and he was revived at the hospital. The Trib updated their headline; you should do the same.

  • Changed. Thank you.

  • I don’t think they’re a regressive neighborhood group, especially because they’re pushing for more affordable housing (both as a program of the city’s, but also just housing that’s affordable to people in different neighborhoods at different income levels). This is something the city should work harder to achieve.

    This protest, though, is regressive because it’s opposing the TOD ordinance which will actually allow more housing to be built than is currently allowed to be built (in 10 unit buildings, in 20 unit buildings, 100 unit buildings, or 400 unit buildings).

  • JKM13

    If only the trib had the decency to restrict comments on a story like that.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    I’d say a couple of things.
    1. Property taxes. Where there is “affordable” non subsid7zed housing, the leading upward push in rent is due to properly taxes.
    2. General public’s perception that people who live in public/subsidized housing are not so much the working poor, but people who continue to collect a bounty of public benefits without doing much else.
    3.Many of the TOD projects are being placed in redoveloped commercial property without really causing any displacement of low income resients.
    4. No discussion of the general need for family housing. In other words 3 or 4 bedroom units. If developers put in required units, these may only be studios and one bedrooms, mainly defeating the real needs of the community.
    5. Politicans, recognizing well organized pressure groups, often hold up development on one hand, while making simplistic promises to the pressure groups.
    6. Many of the 30 and 40 year contracts on certain HUD buildings are starting to run out. In Edgewater for example there are 20 buildings managed by Habitat, for James McHugh, the skyscraper guy, are HUD contract buildings for which the deductions are quite lucrative. They are well managed properties. Unless these are renewed, the building may end up at market price units.

    All I am trying to say is there is no fast and easy answer and its another reason the aldermanic zoning prerogative needs to go. I’m not a fan of centralized planning either. But there is never a plan that can be executed across aldermanic borders that successfully recognizes needs and desires of an entire community, just whatever happens with the aldermans ward boundry.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Yes–if you’re ever in danger of getting optimistic about human nature, just read the comments on almost any Trib story.

  • DR

    Agreed, I didn’t mean to imply that SOMOS or Logan Square Gentrification were regressive. What I meant was that their wing of progressive activism, which is generally anti-development, offsets progressive pro-supply voices, and creates a vacuum for traditional NIMBY groups like LSNA or Logan Square Preservation to claim a central role.

    I struggle to understand why a position that couples anti-displacement policies with pro-supply policies hasn’t emerged as a progressive consensus. Instead we have bizarre alliances between NIMBY groups and affordable housing advocates, and market progressives and libertarians, even though fundamental goals are often diametric.

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