Headlines for Friday, May 6

  • Governments Should Use “Value Capture” to Fund Transit Improvements (MPC)
  • Driver Drags Cyclist for Hundreds of Feet, Causing Severe Injuries — Gets a Ticket (DNA)
  • GoFundMe Page Launched to Cover the Dragging Victim’s Expenses
  • Judge From Cann Case: Cops Are Rarely Punished for False Testimony (Tribune)
  • Good Samaritan Stepped in to Help Woman Trapped Under Red Line Train (NBC)
  • Tribune Takes a Closer Look at FOTP, Opponents to Building Lucas Museum on Lakefront
  • Father Pfleger Slams FOTP in a Crain’s Op-Ed
  • New Divvy App Will Allow Purchase of 24-Hour Passes, Provide Ride Codes (DNA)
  • Reopened Last Fall, Northerly Island Closed Again for Erosion Repairs (DNA)
  • Uptown Blocks Getting Zoned Parking Due to Perception of Growing Density (DNA)
  • A Roundup of Local Community Bike Shops (Chicago Mag)
  • RedEye: Due to Pollution Concerns, Avoid Biking During  “High-Traffic Hours”

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  • Jeff Gio

    What’s the impact of residential permit parking vs free parking?

  • BlueFairlane

    I’m not at all surprised at the problem they’re having with that Northerly Island walking path. I’ve only walked out there once, shortly after it opened, but I thought at the time that the path’s elevation was far too close to the lake level for it not to be an issue. It amazes me sometimes how little concern designers and engineers in this city seem to have for the effects of nature as they make their designs. These people have spent their entire lives watching the effect of building right next to a really big, often violent inland sea, and yet they design like it’s never more than a decorative pond.

  • Chicagoan

    It’s a lovely area, Northerly Island Park (Or, whatever it’s called.). Hoping this time it’s a permanent fix. I just can’t believe they didn’t know this would occur.

    I still think that Mayor Daley wrecking Meigs Field was the top thing he accomplished in office.

  • BlueFairlane

    I’m afraid a permanent fix of this site will be extremely expensive, and will likely require Corps of Engineers support. The site needs either on off-shore breakwater to deflect the waves, or the whole thing needs to be elevated much higher than it currently is.

    The big question in my mind, though, is what’s going to happen to lake levels in the long-term and how the designers can prepare for that. We’re currently well above the long-term average, though lower than the historical maximum. Will climate change translate to higher levels over time, or much lower levels? There’s reason to think either scenario could happen. If levels drop past the historical minimum (which is very possible), will there be water in the lagoon?

    But I agree, the victory of King Richard II in the Battle of Meigs Field was one of the best things he did.

  • Chicagoan

    “King Richard II” and “Battle of Meigs Field” made me laugh, thank you.

    I’m a tad confused about how the project was carried out. If I’m not mistaken, Studio Gang was involved and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was too. I’m just curious about who overlooked the problem.

  • BlueFairlane

    I, too, would like to know a bit more of the specifics, as my understanding of the people involved matches yours. And while I think Gang and Company can be forgiven to an extent for forgetting that Lake Michigan isn’t always the pretty blue you see on an architectural rendering, the Corps definitely should have known what was planned wouldn’t pass muster. But then, the Corps isn’t known for including a lot of realism in their attempts to wrangle the real world as they force nature to bow to humanity’s whims. If I were to lay blame, I’d put about 80% of it on the Corps.

  • The Corp actually changed the initial plan to add the massive rocks along the lakeside of NI, and did so against many voices who said that would spoil the view of the lake. Sometimes you just can’t please everybody.

  • Where is the problem? Is it just SE of the music pavioion on the current Google Earth pic?

    At that point it looks like an attempt was made to install an underwater breakwater. Which was maybe an outside the box attempt to deal with the lake levels. South or there there appears to be various lakewalls installed as well as rock.

    Maybe the idea was to pile rock on top of the underwater breakwater when the lake levels rose.

    I agree that taking out Miegs was a plus for Daley.

  • It takes away net parking spaces from the available pool. In that sense it is good. It also turns free parking into fee parking, another good thing. In general it adds hassle to using a car in the city. Yet another good thing.

  • BlueFairlane

    The problem’s farther south, in that long, straight stretch along the former runway (about even with the latitude of the Friends of the Parks Memorial Lot). The image that appears on my version of Google Earth predates the construction, except for a tiny portion at the very tip of the island/peninsula.

  • BlueFairlane

    In this case, I think it was most important to please the lake, or else you’ll please nobody.

  • Earth on Google Maps seems to show construction in progress. There is a line of blue plastic still showing just back from the shore and rocks etc.

    For some reason my Google map does not have such a parking lot labeled. It does label the docks though, so which letter.

  • Re: Trapped “Stay with me” woman.

    I love stories of people stepping up to help. I love that the train driver seemed to trust the helper. I love that the woman did the most important thing to do when you need help: ask for it. Recently there was an attack on the blue line near Kedzie. The person there asked for help and did not get it. Every circumstance is different so I am hesitant to judge. But the second strong piece of advice is to point or eye-contact and ask specific people for help.

  • Yes, SE of the pavilion. I think this kind of problem is just the “cost of doing business” in terms of an artificial peninsula that is being naturalized. The waves did caused this were insanely epic, but with climate change it is definitely true that we need to re-evaluate the wave version of the “100 year storm.”

    (edit – it seems to be flipping my image upside down, sorry)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/920abe4d2e929f14852e7a2ff046ce410272c69273f935a6172e798685858a5c.jpg

  • Cool. Pools behind dunes is a very common ecology along the lake. I assume that is what they were going for here.

    Yeah, if a concrete walkway was undermined by the waves then they need to reverse course and go with a wooden bridged walkway as is used in marshes. Then they will just need to sweep the rocks off after a big storm.

  • If you email me (anyone can feel free, carterobrien – at – gmail.com) I can send some documents on the restoration project, it’s pretty awesome.

  • One great thing Miegs Field did was offer pilot lessons to a range of low-income kids who would otherwise never have been able to learn to fly. I know someone who came from a CPS high school, having gotten in on a lottery and a whim, who’s flying cargo planes now.