Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 28

  • Editorial: Chicago Loses by Keeping a Parking Lot & Losing the Lucas Museum (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Injures Cyclist in Arlington Heights, Down the Road from Recent Bike Fatality (Herald)
  • Separate Paths for Pedestrians and Bicyclists Debut on Lakefront Trail at Ardmore (CBS)
  • Buckled Pavement Delays Buses on Lake Shore Drive (DNA)
  • Tribune Editorial Board Member Op-Ed: The Downsides of Ride-Share
  • New TOD by Wilson Stop Would Have 197 Units, 41 Spaces (Curbed)
  • So Far Voters Are Supporting Noise Wall for Bridgeport (DNA)
  • Loop Alliance Workers Try to Connect Homeless on State Street With Housing (Loop North)

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  • Chicagoan

    197 units at the corner of Broadway & Wilson, with 110 units in planning at Kenmore & Wilson, with 57 total parking spots combined. So, 307 units, 57 parking spots, very nice! Still, I feel like the developers could lower the parking for the Broadway & Wilson building.

    Perhaps bump the unit count up over 200 and lower the parking to around 25 total spots.

    Uptown is adding a lot of units in next couple years.

  • “Separate Paths”? No, not really. It appears to be a single path with the addition of crushed limestone along the edge. Usually only joggers use the limestone and often many of them still use the asphalt. Separate paths would have grass between them.

  • John, I appreciate your enthusiasm for the idea of a Museum of Narrative Arts in Chicago. The rub, when push came to shove, imho, was the nature of the control of the Museum and its contents. It would have been essentially a private affair and the lease effectively permanent. In short it violated the “in no instance will further private development be permitted east of Lake Shore Drive” rule.

    Lucas held his cards close and shared as little as possible about his plan. He did not work even with Emanuel. He brooked little in compromise. The common name for the project screamed vanity, “Lucas Museum.”

    I hate parking lots as much as you do. What the lakefront parks really need instead of more parking is an LSD transit system that stops at all the cross streets. Free even.

    I heartily applaud FOP for being willing to take on the power structures and media scorn to protect our long term public interest in our lakefront.

  • Chicagoan

    297 years at a cost of $30.00, to be specific.

  • Kevin M

    Re: Lucas Museum plans shelved

    Here’s a John Kass article I actually agreed with:

    Also, I read someone else recently write that if FOTP hadn’t sued, or if they had dropped their lawsuit, any other citizen might have filed the same. And given the support that FOTP had (notwithstanding the opposition), certainly chances were strong that another party would have carried through with a lawsuit in the absence of FOTP’s efforts.

  • ohsweetnothing

    “Lucas held his cards close and shared as little as possible about his plan. He did not work even with Emanuel. He brooked little in compromise. The common name for the project screamed vanity, “Lucas Museum.””

    Where did you get this information from? I was at both Council Meetings when plans about the museum were shared and if anything it was information overload.
    I also happen to know that Luca’s HATED the monikers “Star Wars Museum” and “Lucas Museum”. It doesn’t really reflect on him that those names took hold in public conversation…

  • rohmen

    It’s possible someone else could have filed suit, but federal litigation is expensive, the state courts (to the degree any cheaper) haven’t been anywhere near as favorable on interpreting the public trust doctrine (which is why we have a remodeled soldier field), and FOTP has traditionally to my knowledge been the only advocacy group willing to fund these type of challenges in the past.

    That said, once the City lost the motion to dismiss, I think the only real option was to try to win in the 7th Circuit, and the City stood a decent chance I think if it had played out. Lucas just wasn’t willing to wait that long.

  • ohsweetnothing

    That Kass article is a collection of awful logical fallacies….which is to say, it’s perfectly Kassian.

  • rohmen

    Whatever one’s views are on the pluses or minuses of the Museum, it’s hard to square what the federal court ruled in relation to the Museum with what the Illinois Supreme Court held in relation to the Soldier Field remodel in 2003. If Soldier Field, which benefits the for-profit Bears, is something built for the public’s benefit, it’s hard to square how a non-profit museum that would have added substantial free usable public space didn’t qualify under the doctrine.

    Personally, I think FOTP got lucky with the Judge, and the decision would have been overturned, but that’s what happens sometimes. Let’s just see how strong of a precedent this all set when the Bears start screaming for renovations to their stadium when their lease is up in 2033.

  • rohmen

    Just to keep things in perspective, sure, we were going to give him land for 99 years at $10 a pop (which could be renewed), but he was investing $1 billion into that land, with (at least as to the parking lot) no further commitment from the City. Conversely, the public invested $1 billion into Soldier Field during the renovations, and receives something like $5 mil a year for the 30 years in rent, at which point (2033, if not sooner) the Bears are going to demand another $1 billion be invested (and they’ll likely get it).

  • The Bears should be fan owned like the Packers. The Bears have grandfathered clout. Lucas not so much.

  • Sorry I don’t remember. But where-ever I read it could have be wrong anyway. I’m glad to hear that he didn’t like the name. Information overload is one way to hide information. The public conversation is usually mass media created.

  • I think it was Blair Kamen’s piece in the Sunday Trib?

  • JeffParkNIMBY

    Agreed, we just give money to the Bears and no one cares. But “billionaire George Lucas” and everyone freaks out.

  • rohmen

    True, but fan-owned or not, the Packers also received close to a billion in public funds to renovate Lambeau, despite the fact that their profit base means they easily could have built it themselves.

    Leaving the lakefront issue aside, I just find it amazing that a guy who wants to gift a $1 billion museum to a city is treated like a vanity-driven entitled jerk because the City offered him essentially free land to do it (see Kass), yet we consistently offer billionaires free land and public investment to build stadiums for the “privilege” of having an extremely profitable NFL team in a city.

  • I completely agree with you. The Packers are essentially a private business too. That they are fan owned should make it harder for them to threaten to move somewhere else. I don’t know how they were able to blackmail Green Bay into ponying up a billion dollars. Were they threatening to move to the suburbs of Green Bay?

    As for Billion dollar jerks, well what can I say? To me the Bears stadium is a bit of an eyesore and definitely a thorn in my side.