Today’s Headlines for Friday, November 20

  • Dutch Increased Children’s Safety in Traffic With Provocative Campaign, Design Changes (Chicago Mag)
  • Not-TOD But a Parking-Lite Residential High-Rise is Proposed on Belmont at Sheridan (DNA)
  • Highlights from Active Transportation Alliance’s Annual Member Meeting
  • Park District Has Yet to Develop Snow Operations, or Permit Snow Sports on Bloomingdale Trail (DNA)
  • A Lot of People Really Liked the Ventra App After Yesterday’s Launch (Daily Herald)
  • CTA Resolved a Ventra App Login Issue Yesterday Afternoon After Receiving Complaints (Sun-Times)
  • Proposed Mixed-Use TOD in Division/Milwaukee Wedge Gets Smaller (DNA)
  • Gabe Klein’s Tenure in Chicago Brought Startup Mentality to Transportation (MPC)
  • Police on Lookout for Drunk Drivers Tonight at One Humboldt Park Intersection (DNA)

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  • duppie

    I love the Ventra app and the work that the development team did, but this response is weak sauce:

    “”There were some “small issues” that popped up on Thursday, which were expected given that a broader audience is using the app compared to the test group which consisted of 700 CTA, Pace and Metra riders, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said”

    If you expected the issues, why did you not prepare for them? As somebody who has spent 20 years in large scale systems implementation, this smells like bad planning to me.

  • I think this says that they expected to have some issues, but not “these” issues.

  • Anne A

    I got the Ventra app yesterday. I like it so far. More testing to do…

  • I think Gabe Klein did a great job, but getting people on board with more density (and out of their cars) is hard enough as it is,
    we should all be a little more mindful of the wider implications of the
    vocabulary we use.

    So why he is choosing to try and redefine a 500 year old word is baffling, as congestion is most certainly not good and never has been.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/congest

    From health (nasal congestion) to inadequate urban infrastructure (congestion on a subway platform or when trying to get through a major airport), the word by definition is negative and describes impeded flow, independent of whether or not it is being specifically used to describe traffic.

    “One of the things he said that stuck with
    me was that ‘congestion can be good.’ What he meant is that before
    car-based congestion lent such a negative connotation to the word,
    congestion of people—shoppers, strollers, bikers, etc.—meant a place was
    vibrant and exciting. Places that people want to be are bustling.”

  • Cameron Puetz

    I agree that Ventra’s response to the login issues was a bit weak. Their rhetoric when they delayed the app release set them up for harsher criticism of any problems they had. Since they announced that the delays were to perform additional testing and make sure that there were no issues, people were less forgiving when there were issues. Considering the delayed launch, removed features, still having issues at launch, and the general ill will people still hold toward Ventra from their initial launch, the app was very well received.

    Personally once the login issues got resolved, I was pleased with app, but when I first tried to use the app it failed my initial response was looks like Ventra is still Ventra.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    The MPC article about Gabe Klein is fawning at best. His vibrancy analysis is a look back into history with rose colored glasses. Historically, people live where they live is determined mainly upon economic factors. C ertainly an argument can be made by using transportation as a factor for vibrancy of long gone days of crowded cities . But also please consider with the eight hour work day, child labor no longer a factor in family support and post 1930s we no longer had 20 year boom and bust economic cycles people moved where they wanted to be. I love Chicago, my adopted home town of 30 years. But it is getting more costly by the day. Is it the congestion factor that will be the one that causes me to stay here or leave? Probably not. Its the cost of everything else. And while Klein has wealth greater than average and can afford to live in where he wants in his congested mix with security and everything else, others like me can feel the high pinch of taxes and wonder if a less congested area would serve me better from my economic stand point.

  • Anne A

    Transportation is certainly an economic factor. I chose a location with more than one transit option. Transit has been a significant factor in my choice of where to live since I moved back to Chicago years ago. There are plenty of areas in the city that aren’t very congested but have decent transit options and some good amenities.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    But even if the city has the greatest transportation system, it doesnt matter if I am being taxed out of it. In 12 years my property taxes have trippled for example. Im thinking of moving and then I’ll come back and visit the vibracy on the backs of someone else.

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