Today’s Headlines for Thursday, February 18

  • Hilkevitch Supports Robust BRT, O’Hare Express, Stevenson Expansion (Active Trans)
  • Emanuel Calls for Expanding the Downtown Zoning District to Allow for More Density (Tribune)
  • A Preview of Plans for the Union Station Overhaul (Curbed)
  • Rosenthal: The O’Hare Express Plan Is a Boondoggle and a Flashback to the Daley Era (Tribune)
  • Wicker Park Residents  Concerned That 200-Unit TOD Will Lead to More Crowding on CTA (DNA)
  • Driver Seriously Injures 50-Year-Old Man in Naperville (Tribune)
  • Plan to Crack Down on Pedicabbers Who Work for “A Donation or Gratuity” Is Unfair (City Limits)
  • Want to Track Your Kid’s School Bus on the North Shore? There’s an App for That (Tribune)
  • Bill Ayers, a Bête Noire of the 2012 Election, Records a Walking Tour of Hyde Park (DNA)
  • Actually, It’s Supposed to Be the KimBELL Brown Line Station (DNA)
  • A Revisionist History of Dibs From a DNA Reporter & John Cullerton’s Son (DNA)

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  • Jeff Gio

    “Emanuel Calls for Expanding the Downtown Zoning District to Allow for More Density (Tribune)”

    Hello West West Loop!

  • JKM13

    I didn’t realize creating parks/plazas qualified for a density bonus from the city. If that’s what caused the corner of Randolph/Franklin to go from this
    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8844809,-87.6355533,3a,75y,335.27h,92.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svY6EfVaQlBk3z-4J4d6CUA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    to this

    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8844809,-87.6355533,3a,75y,335.27h,92.24t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1svY6EfVaQlBk3z-4J4d6CUA!2e0!5s20151101T000000!7i13312!8i6656

    then I’m in full support of this change.

  • Chicagoan

    Has anyone seen the progress on Uptown’s Wilson Avenue station? Dang, it’s looking great. There is an army of construction crews over there.

  • OK I get it now. Google and or cookies or something was playing with the pictures. The pre-park was 2009. Lovely facade lost there for the park that came in between 2009 and June 2011.

    The park looks pretty well used. The ugly facade of the corner building perhaps hides something more interesting, but I be the users of the park would have been just as happy if only the ugly facade building had been taken down for a narrower park.

    The most likely situation is that the owner of the land is banking it at some heavy tax discount, as well as maintenance discount, by parking it until some future development.

  • 200-Unit TOD: re crowding on the CTA. Another reason to begin the process of 10 car trains.

  • Chicagoan

    It seems quite clear that this branch of the Blue Line has some big crowding issues on the way.

    Do you think the CTA is prepared?

  • cjlane

    “The ugly facade of the corner building”

    The Showmen’s Building? Are you f’ing kidding me? One of the worst recent losses of a loop-area building, imo. A f’ing shame.

    Anyway, to get your facts straight on teh park, see: http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2009/06/park-for-people-no-way-park-for-office.html

  • Anne A

    I’ll second cjlane’s comment. In the brief time the original facade of the old corner building was exposed during a renovation several years ago, I was stunned to see how cool it was, and disappointed that it was being covered by another crappy tacked-on facade.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Yep, you can see the skeleton of the elevator shaft and the platform shelters and everything. I’ll post some pix soon.

  • Yeah, sad and shortsightedly stupid. Thanks for the link.

  • planetshwoop

    Or turn them around earlier, like at Belmont

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