Today’s Headlines for Monday, March 27

  • Trucker Killed Augustin Arroyo, 56, Saturday Morning in Chinatown (Sun-Times)
  • Teen Was Fatally Struck on the Day She Was to Receive Award for Anti-DUI Work (Active Trans)
  • 2 Killed, 3 Injured After Driver Strikes Building in East Garfield Park (NBC)
  • Crash Survivor Dee Palago Wants to Advocate for Safer Streets (Active Trans)
  • Readers Respond to the Chicago Tribune’sBiking While Black” Investigation
  • Chicago Leads the Nation in Residential Tower Construction (Curbed)
  • How Can the City Be Having a Building Boom When We’re Losing Population? (DNA)
  • Latest Plan to Redevelop South Works Site Is Making Progress (Curbed)
  • IDOT Is Releasing $4.2M to Fix Crumbling Uptown Viaducts (DNA)
  • What Size Would Chicago Be if It Was the Same Density as Other Cities (Chicagoist)
  • Photographer Documents the Bike Community With “Cyclists of Chicago” (Chainlink)
  • CDOT’s Scheinfeld Speaks at City Club of Chicago Today — Stream It Here at 12:30 PM

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  • Chicagoan

    Regarding the building boom:

    Aren’t the Loop, Near North, Near South, and Near West neighborhoods seeing rapid growth, most northside neighborhoods are stagnant or adding people at a slow rate, while the southside and westside are losing people at a steady rate?

    I’d love to see Chicago top three million people once more, but to do so, we’ve got to slow the depopulation of the southside and westside.

    I remember seeing that Woodlawn has gained citizens for the first time in a long time, perhaps we could use that neighborhood as a model.

  • We would need to change our economic approach from one of concentrating money into fewer hands to one of spreading money around. It would be a process similar to what occurred after the 1920’s but really took off in the 1950’s and 1960s’. But then things like bank and other deregulation along with the elimination of steep tax progression and the abandonment of successful Keynesian economics reversed the process to create the so-called neo-liberal wealth concentration of today. The technical details are all resolved. The issue blocking change to a generalized economic prosperity is politics. When the very wealthy got control of the government they instituted policies that fostered the rise of the uber-rich.

    It has culminated in the current intra-mural fight amongst those too rich few played out in proxy between the Clinton wing and the Trump wing of the wealthy.

  • Deni

    This article was also in DNAinfo today, about the Lawrence Ave plan, and Pawar’s defense of it.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170327/lincoln-square/lawrence-avenue-is-developing-exactly-plan-alderman-says

  • Fearless commentary 420

    Pawar shouldn’t be playing God, he should completely remove all zoning restrictions.

    “The job of the government is to get out of the way”. – Abe Lincoln

  • BlueFairlane

    I cant find any evidence that Abraham Lincoln said that.

    I can find plenty of evidence (i.e the Civil War) that if he said it, he didn’t mean it.

  • Deni

    I love that your sole argument for your point is a fake Lincoln quote.

    And do you really believe in the weird Libertarian paradise of having no zoning laws? Do you think they should be able to build a smelting factory next to condo buildings? Have you ever lived anywhere with weak zoning rules? I have and it’s ridiculous, leads to the worst kind of sprawl, among other bad things.

    Lawrence Ave has seen amazing improvements because of Pawar’s leadership in encouraging a walk-able, transit-oriented neighborhood.

  • Fearless commentary 420

    There isn’t one example nor any fiscal reason for a factory to build in a dense residential neighborhood.

    Everyone needs to keep to themselves and not stick their nose in someone else’s property and demand that they build or don’t something.

  • Deni

    You are very ignorant of the history of urban America if you are unaware of where they would inappropriately build things before there was such a thing as zoning laws. Nobody is “demanding” that owners build or don’t build something. But developers are being either encouraged or limited, based on the overall good of the neighborhood and the city.

    To believe in the Ayn Rand fantasy of everyone doing what they want and it will all work out for the best is just lunacy. Lawrence Ave has improved so much for the better, making the neighborhood vibrant and more livable, and keeping small local businesses in the area. If you can see the good in that you are just being willfully blind.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Let’s keep the conversation civil folks. Thanks.

  • Deni

    Sorry John, wasn’t trying to be insulting on purpose.

  • There are a lot of reasons to remove a *lot* of zoning regulations.

    Here’s a great example of where the existing zoning regulations allow anti-neighborhood and anti-city changes: http://www.southshoreforall.org/2017/04/30/stop-the-down-zoning-of-71st-street/

  • “Aren’t the Loop, Near North, Near South, and Near West neighborhoods seeing rapid growth, most northside neighborhoods are stagnant or adding people at a slow rate, while the southside and westside are losing people at a steady rate?”

    I believe that’s true.

    Let’s discuss why Woodlawn has gained citizens. There’ve been a lot of news articles about this, with the latest being the South Side rebuilders (“pioneers”) story in Crain’s Chicago Business written by Dennis Rodkin.

    Emanuel said last week, when asked about South Shore economic development conditions, that Woodlawn is growing again because of the public investments he’s made. So, that made me wonder, what public investments – that aren’t a golf course that may not end up happening – the city plans to make in South Shore.

    And then there’s this: http://www.southshoreforall.org/2017/04/30/stop-the-down-zoning-of-71st-street/