Today’s Headlines for Friday, April 29

  • Op-Ed: Don’t Let Springfield Raid Transportation Funds for Other Uses (Sun-Times)
  • Freemark: Lincoln Square Would Be Wise to Embrace TOD (MPC)
  • Beyond the Ball Director: SRTS Is About More Than Just Walking to School (Active Trans)
  • School Bus Crash Injures 6 in Lockport (NBC)
  • Red Line Robberies Near North/Clybourn, Fullerton Stops (Tribune)
  • DUI Sting at North/Kingbury This Weekend (DNA)
  • Wednesday’s Crackdown in Wicker Park Yield No DUIs, 112 Safety Tickets (DNA)
  • Tunney Proposes Ordinance for Public Art at Rotating Locations Around City (Curbed)
  • Not Surprising: North/Damen ‘L’ Stop Is a Hotspot for Bike Theft (DNA)
  • Next Bobby Cann Hearing Takes Wednesday 5/5, 2 p.m., 26th & California
  • 1st Activate Alley Party of Season Happens Friday 5/13, 5-10 p.m., 8th St. Alley

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  • Jeff Gio

    From Curbed’s article about public art program, “The placement of the installations still requires a 12-month public way use permit, but the ordinance would see the city’s typical $500 permit fee waived. ”

    So by default the city maintains a massive disincentive to individuals designing and installing public art. However, this new program features art whose “selection would take place via committees comprised of both city officials and local community leaders”.

    So instead of removing barriers that prevent individuals and groups from directly installing art and contributing to their neighborhood’s built environment, we will use city resources to staff “art committee’s”.

    I can guarantee you any “art” such a committee approves will be pandering to the closest denominators in the “art is beautiful/cool” or demographics.

    For emphasis, “art committees”