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Federal financing allowed Chicago to build the riverwalk extension, but we won't be able to count on this kind of support under the Trump administration. Photo: John Greenfield
Federal financing allowed Chicago to build the riverwalk extension, but we won't be able to count on this kind of support under the Trump administration. Photo: John Greenfield

2016 was a kidney stone of a year in most respects. But with milestones like the expansion of Divvy to more underserved neighborhoods and the ‘burbs, the passage of the city’s first transit TIF to fund the modernization of the Red and Purple lines, and the opening of a beautiful new pedestrian bridge at 35th Street, this was another banner year for sustainable transportation in Chicago. But we can’t take this progress for granted.

The Republican platform calls for ending federal funding for sustainable transportation, and president-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for Chicago. Meanwhile, years after he took office, Governor Bruce Rauner still hasn’t passed a state budget. Therefore it’s almost certain that wins for local walking, biking, and transit will be harder to come by in 2017.

That’s why Streetsblog Chicago will have an even more important role to play in reporting on the latest transportation developments, advocating for positive change, and holding local politicians accountable when they prioritize driving over safe, efficient, and vibrant streets. And next year we’ll be expanding our coverage. Reporters Jean Khut and Lynda Lopez recently joined our staff, which will allow us to publish more articles about transportation topics on the South and West Sides; issues specific to women, Latino communities, and other marginalized populations; transit-oriented development and affordable housing, and many other subjects.

If  you’re reading this, chances are you care deeply about creating safe, sustainable, and equitable streets. As we look toward 2017, we’re calling on our most important supporters — our readers! — to help sustain our work covering the movement for streets and transportation systems where people take precedence over cars.

Please consider helping us keep the website rolling into 2017 and beyond by making a tax-deductible end-of-year donation before the giant Chicago star rises on the riverfront on Saturday night. Thanks for your support and have a safe and joyful New Year’s Eve.

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