Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, September 28

  • Panel Discussion Tackled the Question: How Do We Make TOD Inclusive? (CNT)
  • Neighbors Want to Remove the Only Divvy Station by 606 So They Can Have More Parking (DNA)
  • Jeff Park Neighborhood Association Election Is a Choice Between Urbanism and Suburbanism (DNA)
  • IDOT Is Holding 17 Public Meetings on Its Multi-Year Plan — Only 1 Will Be in Chicago
  • Cyclist Dies From Injuries a Week After Crash at Stony Island & South Chicago (Sun-Times)
  • Man Dies of Injuries Suffered 3 Weeks Earlier in Ravenswood Crash (Sun-Times)
  • Family of Man Killed in Niles Crash Urges Hit-and-Run Driver to Step Forward (Tribune)
  • 1 Injured After Driver Veers Into Path of CTA Bus (Tribune)
  • Open House Tomorrow to Discuss Potential Removal of 4 Bucktown Red Light Cams (DNA)
  • Letter: MPC Lauds the Passage of the TOD Reform Ordinance (Sun-Times)
  • Developer Plans to Replace Parking Lot at 171 N. Wabash With 60-Unit Building (CRED)
  • Signs of Change Wants to Streamline Chicago’s Byzantine Sign Permit Process (DNA)

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  • In re the parking ‘nightmares’ around the 606 … I admit it, I’ve driven down there to use the trail.

    The solutions here are a) better interconnects for non-car transportation to the trail (busses work ok right now, but not if you want to bring a bike, especially if you have a family of bikes or a kid bike — little bikes must be brought inside the bike, they don’t fit on the front racks) and/or b) more facilities like it spread throughout the city, so people craving that kind of park experience can find it closer to where they live.

  • One solution to the “parking nightmare” would be to make it easier to access the trail without a car by providing more Divvy stations right next to the trail.

  • Pat

    A PBL connector down Armitage/Courtland to the Zoo/Lake Path would do wonders.

  • It’s not bad to admit that you’ve driven to the Bloomingdale Trail, but any new car parking created near the trail is going to be consumed by…wait for it…residents. So you’ll still have trouble parking near there.

    Little do people know, but parking on Sacramento Boulevard/Humboldr Drive – the center, main drive portion – is legal at certain times. It’s not a nice place to park, especially not if your car is only one of a handful.

  • vonnegut5005

    Not sure that I understand your point about IDOT having only “one” of its multi-year plan meetings in the city of Chicago. There is a second meeting in our metropolitan area, as well. This is a big state and IDOT seems to be doing a pretty good job of attempting to reach all corners of it. Not all of the state’s resources can (or should) be expended here.

  • Cameron Puetz

    Even just addressing the short section from the Bloomingdale trailhead to Armitage/Racine would do a lot of good. Armitage isn’t a bad ride, but the way Cortland widens at the 90/94 underpass, only to narrow at the UP viaduct is a perfect example of how not to build a bike route.

  • More than 1/5 of Illinois residents live in the city of Chicago. We should get more than 1/17 of the meetings.

  • what_eva

    More than 3/5 of Illinois residents live in the Chicago metro area. We should get more than 2/17 of the meetings

  • Ellen Hayes

    Beware of the free weekend boulevard parking. This option was supposedly voted to end during the last mayoral election, so those signs may be coming down any day now. But there is confusion around this like many other strange things in this city.

  • ohsweetnothing

    A woman was interviewed complaining that now she sometimes has to park 2-2.5 blocks from her home. The horror.

    I hear this complaint all the time in Chicago and there is never the slightest hint of humor or irony when it is said. Blows my mind.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Just remember the Metropolitan Planning Council was a key mover in the 2005 rewrite of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance which, when the wind was blowing that way, downzoned a lot of residential property. Now the flavor of the year is TOD. Are they planners really, or just following the flavor of the day?

  • Cameron Puetz

    The IDOT meetings look decently scattered across the state. When trying to cover a large area like that, the goal should be to minimize distance people have to travel to reach a meeting. If anyone is neglected, it’s southeast Illinois, parts of which are over 100 mi from a meeting.

  • Pat

    I agree. Armitage is fairly pleasant to ride, but a man can dream.

  • Agreed.

  • ardecila

    The 2005 zoning code didn’t really downzone anything. Zoning map amendments are separate from updates to the code itself. They are generally considered by aldermen on a case by case basis and the MPC doesn’t take sides.

    The 2005 code, IIRC, included several pro-urbanism changes, including the elimination of strip malls in B zones and the introduction of pedestrian streets. The housing market in 2005 was not robust enough and there was not yet a proven demand for car-free living, so it would have been very premature to push TOD at that time.

  • Matt F

    this is why suburbs exist

  • Matt F

    I lived on Humboldt/Cortland and people only parked on the main boulevard (not the adjacent side street) for church on Sundays. It was still illegal but unenforced.

    Once a cop wrote every car a ticket and people flipped. A judge threw them all out.

  • Pat

    While we’re on the issue of Humboldt Blvd. Whats the deal with the Palmer Square parking lot? I’m just asking because I really haven’t ever seen anything like this elsewhere.

  • Thanks for picking up the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association election.

  • Not to mention making it easier for people who live in the neighborhood to use Divvy (and the trail, if it runs in the right direction for them) to commute and do their basic run-arounds.

  • Note: not mentioned once in my comment was “add more parking”. I am not for that, and it’s weird that both you and John seem to think I said it.

  • The point of car ownership at all for people like this is not having to walk more than about a half-block from the car to their destination at any time.

    If they wanted to walk three blocks they’d be more willing to take the bus.

  • Both on population and on total amount of IDOT work that happens in a year, Chicago is a heavy-hitter. They should proportion meetings to the amount of projects that happen in an area in an average year, because that’s what they’re trying to get feedback on.

  • I know but we’re talking about a theoretical “parking nightmare” so I mentioned a theoretical solution.

  • Church.

  • Really? I didn’t hear about this. Do you know if any alderman has submitted an ordinance to take down the signs?

  • I would vote for you if I could :)

  • Ellen Hayes
    There are also multiple threads on EveryBlock which claim this isn’t yet official but I definitely had something in a ballot about this issue, must have been ward specific.

  • In fairness, I get a little annoyed by the two-block walk to my local Divvy station.

  • May the best candidate win! (Trying hard to come up with a “Richter Scale” pun here…)

  • R.A. Stewart

    Well, it doesn’t have to be anything earthshaking.

  • FG

    That doesn’t make sense, if you are coming from somewhere (say a suburb and bringing bikes) else to use the trail and were going to bike it, why would a divvy location help? You’d still have to drive to get there. And if you were going to run or walk it, divvy might be useful. I suspect a lot of the parking crunch will ease once the newness wears off.

  • There are plenty of scenarios where better Divvy access could encourage people to take non-car modes to access The 606. For example, you don’t feel comfortable cycling on city streets, but you want to bike on the trail. You could walk or take transit to a Divvy station next to the trail instead of roof-racking it or schlepping your bike on the CTA or Metra. Or maybe you want to take a walk on the trail and don’t own your own bike — take Divvy from a station near your house and dock the bike near the path, instead of driving there.

  • cjlane

    “The housing market in 2005 was not robust enough”

    Whaaaaa? t? The housing market in ’05 was *booming*, but was mainly condos.

    Now it’s mainly rental apartments, and lower (higher? whichever) parking ratios make more sense with rental than owned (not that they don’t make sense with owned, but rental has the better of that comparison).

  • cjlane

    I’m more than happy to walk three blocks.

    I’m not more than happy to take the bus. More often than not, if I have to wait 5 minutes for a bus I can walk over half a mile faster than the bus gets to the (comparable) stop.

    That said, if my block were full of cars from “elsewhere” (ie, not neighbors), such that I or a guest couldn’t park closer than 2 blocks a way, I’d be annoyed, too, but not really by the walk.