Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, October 26

  • CHA Plans to Develop Former Ickes Homes Site, Next to Cermak Green Line Stop (Curbed)
  • Last Segments of the Chicago Riverwalk Expansion Are Now Open (Chicagoist)
  • Active Trans Looks at the Plan to Integrate Divvy With the Ventra System
  • Lawmakers: CSX Offers “Same Old Excuses for” Railroad Blockages in 19th Ward (DNA)
  • New Artwork at Diversey Station Will Focus on the Immigrant Experience (DNA)
  • People Who Try to Resell Parking Permits for World Series Can Lose Permit Privileges (DNA)
  • Unlike Some Urban Ballparks, Cubs & Cleveland Stadiums Create Vibrant Street Life (Crain’s)

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  • rohmen

    Just a heads up that the CHA article has the wrong link.

    As to the development itself, seems like another instance where CHA is working with a developer who intends to build a building with over half “market-rate” units (code word for luxury), with a 1/4 of the units set aside for former CHA residents and the rest seemingly a mix of subsidized by income—pretty similar to everything that’s been built around Cabrini. The record on whether that type of development has been successful is mixed at best, and it continues to do nothing to foster actual affordable housing in the core areas near the loop.

  • BlueFairlane

    The Crain’s piece hints at what I think will be an issue of increasing importance as time goes on: What will the Ricketts redevelopment of the area around Wrigley do to that vibrant street life and neighborhood connection? I see the slow emergence of a wall around the place, both in terms of demolitions and new building construction and the increasing urge for outsized security measures. I think the vibrancy is going to at least change character over the next 5 years, if it doesn’t vanish completely.

  • Yeah, the corporate mindset in action. Gentrification tends to become it’s own worst enemy. How to turn a neighborhood into a profit center. This is an example of why electing neo-liberals (Rahm) ruins a city (state, country, world). Have I said too much already?

  • Divvy. I don’t want to have to join. Just charge me more until my membership is paid up and then charge me reasonably. And screw the ap, I want to use my Ventra card.

  • BlueFairlane

    I’ll point out that the current ownership structure of the Cubs is probably the least “corporate” it’s been since 1981.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Fixed, thanks.

  • rohmen

    The corporate mindset set in as soon as the rooftops stopped being the buildings’ residents up there on lawn chairs.

    Also, the Ricketts are one of the most powerful
    conservative families in the country, meaning these exact changes would be happening even if a neo-conservative like Walker or Rauner led the City. To be honest, the only reason none of this happened sooner is because of Tunney, and he’s as machine as they come.

  • Courtney

    Agreed. Chicago (like so many other cities) needs thousands of affordable housing units but it seems the city’s focus is geared more towards luxury housing units. *sigh*
    I was happy to see the link on Curbed about a TOD affordable housing development in Rogers Park.

  • what_eva

    The Ricketts failed to understand the structures of power in Chicago. They bought Rahm, but they failed to buy Tunney, which wouldn’t have cost very much in the grand scheme of what they’re trying to do.

    Instead, Tunney is in the pocket of the rooftops and the bars, proposing ludicrous things like increasing parking in the neighborhood.

    Who is looking out for the residents? Nobody. Though I do limit how much complaining I listen to from residents as well as they chose to live next to a ballpark that has been there longer than they have. Complaints about security, drunk morons pissing on your lawn, etc, fine. Complaints about the ballpark being loud, shut up, you moved next to a ballpark.

  • rohmen

    Yeah, developers tend to hide behind the concept of “market rate” as if they have no control that the non-subsidized units will rent for over $2000 for a 1 bedroom.

    If you put in granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and washer and dryers in each unit, of course it’s going to attract a crowd that will pay that market rate. Build a place without the luxury finishes close to the loop, and let’s see where the market rate ends up.

    I have no problems with developers building to what they think demand is, but I don’t think CHA should be actively encouraging the practice by giving these guys money. It’s a joke compared to what their mission is.

  • Carter O’Brien

    But, but, but – people demand those luxury finishes!

    You’re spot on. We heard the same baloney from Detroit for 2 decades about SUVs, conveniently ignoring that they were heavily marketing those vehicles due to the larger profit margins and simultaneously lobbying for lower fuel efficiency standards, climate change be damned.

    What we need is a TOD affordable housing equivalent of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”, a movie which should be mandatory viewing for everyone in the greater field of urban planning.

  • Anne A

    Same old excuses, indeed. CSX trains blocking crossings is a major problem. I have often hoped that I never have a serious health problem requiring a prompt trip to the emergency room when I’m at home and crossings are blocked, since the nearest hospitals are on the other side.

    I’ve seen ambulances get stuck at these crossings plenty of times. I wonder how many people’s medical treatment gets delayed in an average years due to this issue.

  • Neo-liberalism is an economic reality not a political one. Walker and Rauner are neo-liberal enablers as well. Neo-conservatism is mostly a foreign policy approach. So you can get people line H. Clinton being both neo-liberal and neo-conservative.