Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, May 31

  • Police: Group Chased Woman Onto Lake Shore Drive, Where She Was Fatally Struck (DNA)
  • Cyclist Seeks Witnesses to Crash That Took Place Wednesday at 31st/Indiana (Chainlink)
  • Why Is ‘L’ Ridership Growing as Chicago’s Population Shrinks? (MPC)
  • South Side Weekly: Lower Ridership Numbers Suggest South Side Is Underserved by Divvy
  • Active Trans Helps Bensenville Create a Complete Streets Plan
  • Redevelopment of Old Post Office May Include Plaza & Riverwalk (Curbed)
  • Architecture Firm Proposes Building Housing Above ‘L’ Tracks, Promenades Below (DNA)
  • Portage Park Residents Worry New Drive-Through Starbucks Will Snarl Traffic (DNA)
  • Perfect Weather Draws Some 20K Cyclists for Bike the Drive (WGN)
  • Lincoln Ave. Corridor Plan Open House Wednesday 7-9 PM at Victory Gardens (BWLP)

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  • Chicagoan

    I think it’s great that Alderman Arena wants Portage Park to no longer be a place to “get through”, but rather a “place to stop”. But, building a Starbucks with a drive-through and 15 parking spots won’t help. It’s a tough situation for the Alderman, as it says that Starbucks wouldn’t build the place unless there was a drive-through (They increase revenues by around 40%, I see.), but something of a compromise is needed.

    Perhaps put the parking in the back of the property and increase outdoor seating.

  • what_eva

    “Lower Ridership Numbers Suggest South Side Is Underserved by Divvy”

    They do not appear to be taking the lower population density of the south side neighborhoods into account at all. Yes, station density is lower, but population density is lower still.

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    I’m guessing a lot of these gentrifying neighborhoods on the north/northwest side are seeing an influx of more white collar employees who are more likely to work in the loop and find the train useful.

  • BlueFairlane

    This, plus the fact that the neighborhoods where the population declines have been greatest also have always been underserved by the ‘L’. Those leaving aren’t necessarily those who rode the train.

  • Chicagoan

    More transportation news:

    Curbed is saying that Chicago Water Taxi has opened a new boat dock at 600 W. Chicago Ave., or the A. Montgomery Ward Building.

    I really love taking a water taxi to Chinatown, it’s a great way to see Chicago.

    Does anyone use C.W.T. as an actual commuting option?

  • No meetup tomorrow, then?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    That is correct. But, good point, I’ll spread the word about that via social media. Thanks.

  • planetshwoop

    Wrong. It is next to a (busy) McDonald’s, Peter Francis Geraci office in an old Taco Bell, and a Walgreens. The development is consistent with a location on Cicero, which is already an auto sewer. Who wants lots of outdoor seating to stare at an about to be defunct Sears or U-HAUL facility?

    The benefit from the foot traffic a Starbucks could bring would benefit the other businesses in Portage Park since it’s a short pleasant walk to the main drag on Milwaukee. Also, to expect Starbucks to be different from Chipotle or other developments in the area is silly.

    Having a Starbucks will make Portage Park have more retail.

  • Outdoor seating isn’t about what you can see from it, it’s about having somewhere to sit and read a book or enjoy the weather (while getting free wifi). I’ve used outdoor seating between three blank concrete walls and enjoyed it greatly.

    Chicago is woefully short, all over the city, in places where people can just sit outdoors and spend time. Most of them are private and fenced off, not publicly accessible, where they exist at all.

    If the Starbucks is built car-centric, it won’t bring foot traffic — it will bring car traffic, with people moving from one parking lot to another all around the intersection.