Headlines for Thursday, March 3

  • Loop Alliance Counts: 1.61M People Walked State St. in the Loop During Last Week of February (Crain’s)
  • Suspect Is in Custody After Hit-and-Run Crash That Injured Pedestrian in Oak Park (Tribune)
  • Helmet Cam Footage May Help Convict Driver Who Attacked Cyclist in Madison St. Bike Lane (CBS)
  • Englewood Resident Doesn’t Want to Sell His Home to Make Way for Freight Yard (Tribune)
  • Developer Wants to Turn Parking Lot Near Merchandise Mart Stop Into Offices (Curbed)
  • Letter: Let’s Turn the Old South Works Site Into a Park With Bike Trails (Sun-Times)
  • Metra Will Close Ticket Offices at 99th & 95th Street in Beverly March 14 (DNA)
  • 2 Lanes of LSD Will Be Closed Through Friday for 35th St. Pedestrian Bridge Work (DNA)
  • Workers Will Blow Up the Torrence Ave. Bridge to Make Way for a New One (DNA)
  • Arts Advocates Hope to Use Crowdfunding to Bring Public Art to Jeff Park (DNA)
  • Ex-CDOT Chief Gabe Klein Will Give the Keynote at Loop Alliance‘s 3/10 Meeting

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  • Anne A

    I’m not surprised by the State St. ped count. Between folks who work here, folks going to/from buses and trains and other shopping or dining here, there’s a non-stop flow of ped traffic. This makes the constriction at State & Monroe due to construction scaffolding a lot more frustrating. It can be a real traffic jam at lunchtime or rush hour.

  • Anne A

    I hope the Torrence bridge demolition doesn’t have a significant impact on wildlife in the area – at Hegewisch Marsh and other nearby green spaces.

  • Two “lanes” of LSD (not lakes).

  • JacobEPeters

    yeah, what is this Madison? #LakeHumor

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Fixed, thanks.

  • Pat

    With all these buildings sprouting up in the Loop, perhaps it’s time for the city to start looking into a transit impact fee.

  • BlueFairlane

    That works out to only about 3 people passing a given point every second, which I’d more than believe watching those sidewalks.

  • Chicagoan

    Really love the 412 N. Wells development, great use of a challenging lot. I don’t really think a lot of people will want to congregate underneath the Brown Line tracks, but I think this will be a great office space. Bravo, developers.

  • planetshwoop

    My impression is that the influx of students to the Loop has really made an impact on State Street retail, and that’s now starting to draw other people over to the area that previously would have missed it.

  • simple

    Keep in mind also that these counts were taken during February, which along with January are the least busy months of the year for pedestrian and transit activity in Chicago. It will be good to see stats on how active these sidewalks are during the really busy times of year.

  • Chicagoan

    For all its troubles, I think Block 37 has really helped. It’s always busy when I’m in that area. The new tower looks great, too!

  • Anne A

    I’d be curious to see July numbers.

  • Anne A

    Students plus condos = HUGE impact on ped traffic and mix of retail on the street. There’s been a pronounced shift towards youth-oriented retail in the last few years. Ten years ago would you have imagined a shop on State St. selling skateboards and related fashion?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Explosive. Dynamite. A must-see!