Today’s Headlines

  • Hearings This Week on Red, Purple Overhaul, Belmont Flyover (Tribune)
  • Kamin Compares Flyover to Robert Moses Ramming Highway Through Manhattan (Tribune)
  • The North Red, Purple Line Rehab Offers Development Opportunities (MPC)
  • CTA Rejects Only 2 Bids for New Rail Cars, Will Reboot Bid Process (Tribune)
  • A Handy Map of Upcoming CTA Construction Projects (RedEye)
  • Metra Says It Already Exceeds NTSB’s Safety Recommendations (NBC)
  • Man Dies in Lincoln Square Motorcycle Crash (DNA)
  • Going Public’s Take on the Blackline Debut (RedEye)
  • River North Development Features Relatively Low Parking Ratios, Public Park (DNA)
  • What Chicago Can Learn From NYC Public Spaces (MPC)
  • Active Trans Is Gearing Up for Bike the Drive (Tribune)

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  • David Altenburg

    I’m currently reading The Power Broker, a biography of Robert Moses. It’s long, and I haven’t gotten to where he starts running highway into Manhattan – he’s just building parkways along Long Island, where I’m at – but that’s all I can think about when reading about Quinn’s machinations.

    In both cases, roads have the ability to make connected people very wealthy (both those who were given a chance to speculate on land and those who get to build it). Moses was a genuis bill-writer, and he was able to slip some language into a couple bills that ensured his project would proceed without anyone noticing how much power it gave him. Fortunately, Quinn does not appear to be quite so skilled in that arena.

  • what_eva

    Kamin’s article just shows how bad CTA’s PR people are. The flyover is about capacity, not delays. Yet the initial coverage was all about delays. That continues here.

    Kamin is also way too hyperbolic. Knocking down 16 buildings over 2-3 blocks pales in comparison to Moses’ plans to demolish entire blocks the width of Manhattan in 3 places (we’re talking over 50 entire blocks). It’s just not comparable. Then he goes on about the height being much taller than the current tracks and how awful that is. Those same tracks go up to about the same height a mile west when they rise to cross over the UP tracks at Ravenswood.

    Just a terrible article all around.

  • Again I am amazed at northsiders’ ability to freak the hell out about minor(ish) disruptions that will make game-changing improvements in transit, while other neighborhoods have to shoulder crippling consequences just to maintain reasonable access: the complete closure of the west side Green Line contrasted with the rolling closures of every other station on the Red Line, and now this one, with people screaming about 16 buildings when even the least-demolition plan for the south side Red extension will involve twice to ten times the buildings …

    IMHO the extension definitely needs to happen, and so does the bypass, but the ability of many people who live in the eastern edge of the northside to think that NO disruption to their lives is EVER appropriate for ANY reason really gets up my nose. Privileged bubble-livers.