Today’s Headlines

  • Jason Prechtel’s White Whale: Finding Out Exactly Why the CTA Switched to Ventra (Reader)
  • 2 Men Arrested for “Inhibiting the Flow of Traffic” at Black Lives Matter Protest (Tribune)
  • CDOT Is Reversing the Direction of the Alley Next to the Chicago Cultural Center (Sun-Times)
  • Smooth Move: Yacht Club Worker Rescues Driver After He Plunges Car Into the Lake (WGN)
  • A Rash of Necklace Snatchings on the Red and Blue Lines (Tribune)
  • 4,000 People Participated in Active Trans‘ Commuter Challenger — Here Are the Winners
  • Apple Is Moving to Pioneer Court — Will Reilly Stop Blocking a Divvy Station There? (Curbed)
  • Unsavory News: Bridgeport Pasty Restaurant Temporarily Closed by Road Construction (DNA)
  • Shoe Store Is Filming an Ad on the CTA Near Pritzker Park (RedEye)

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  • JacobEPeters

    Where was the public meeting for eliminating the pedestrian bumpout at Garland Ct.? Why is the removal of the bumpout needed to allow a change in direction for the street? So many questions raised by that article, & hardly anything answered.

  • Pat

    Why does it even need to be reversed in the first place? Something to do with making it easier coming off of LSD via Randolph? Station construction on Wabash? I’m just curious.

  • JacobEPeters

    Michigan Ave is the north south thoroughfare that you get funneled into, therefore a northbound street does create extra travel distance w/o providing any real benefit. Direction reversal is justifiable, but the bump out is meant to slow turning traffic, eliminating it will endanger Cultural Center visitors & those walking from Millennium Station.

  • Alderman Reilly’s newsletter has details — well worth subscribing just to keep up with what’s going on in the Loop/Streeterville. It seems to me that residents of The Heritage building probably asked for this reversal. The car traffic on both Randolph and Washington are both very bad right now due to various construction projects, but since Randolph is a sewer for drivers exiting LSD, it’s probably the worse of the two. My guess is that Heritage residents who exit their garage on Garland believe that being allowed to go south on Garland and then east on Washington will be faster.