Today’s Headlines for Friday, June 9

  • Chicago Is Still the 6th Most Walkable Large City, But Walk Score Decreased by 0.03% (RedFin)
  • Amazon Unveils Romeoville Distribution Center, May Hire 8K Workers Next Year (Herald)
  • Crews Are Surveying East End of the Midway as a Site for Possible Obama Library Garage (DNA)
  • U. of C. Staffer Pushed off Bike, Robbed in Hyde Park — 3rd Assault on a Cyclist This Week (DNA)
  • DUI Crackdown in Englewood This Weekend (DNA)
  • 76-Story Skyscaper Near Roosevelt Station Is Ready to Rise (Curbed)
  • Metra Is Adding Trains & Cars This Weekend for Blues Fest, Spring Awakening (Patch)
  • Lots of, Um, Coverage for Saturday’s Naked Bike Ride (DNA, ChicagoistTime Out, WGN, US99)
  • Active Trans Hosts the Chicago Cinder Classic Fixie Race at Winnemac Stadium on 8/20

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  • Anne A

    The other night I was having a conversation with a relatively new Pilsen resident about why longtime residents are very concerned about gentrification. Proposals like this are a big reason why.

  • Clark Wellington

    I’m confused. The article you linked to shows Chicago’s WalkScore increasing by 0.3.

  • rohmen

    Strange to see Miami is number four on WalkScore in the U.S. I have family down there, and it’s not as bad as Atlanta culture, but driving everywhere always seemed the default. My family down there is all middle age or older, so maybe that’s the difference, but I’ve never thought of Miami as super pedestrian friendly outside of some of the trendier areas.

  • Pat

    My guess would be because it only includes Miami proper, which is denser than Chicago (~12,360 sq. mi. vs ~11,970) based on 2015 pop estimates. Miami has a well laid out grid like Chicago and wealth of small business clusters. Seems like transit doesn’t play into Walkscore, which it certainly should.

  • what_eva

    I really wish the average protester against a project like that understood basic economics. They complain that their neighborhood is gentrifying. Housing prices are going up. So, we should *not* add additional housing on a vacant parcel? It makes even *more* sense to add higher priced housing on the vacant parcel because that will drive down the market prices of the older, less luxury properties in the area, keeping them more affordable.

  • Anne A

    Driving down market prices for older properties works until developers start buying up the older properties, tearing them down, and building more luxury properties. Teardowns have transformed so many neighborhoods.

    Deconversion of small multi-unit buildings (2, 3, 4 units) for a single family house, or teardown/replacement for the same purpose makes it worse – decreasing density and reducing the number of people who might support nearby business districts.

    Yes, adding *additional* housing makes sense – with at least the minimum required percentage of affordable units.

  • Carter O’Brien

    What Anne said. It should also go without saying that that all housing is not the same. New construction, even without luxury finishes and appliances, won’t be sold/rented at a loss to the developer. Luxury and existing/affordable housing are the proverbial apples and oranges where “basic economics” doesn’t apply. Proof? If it was as simple as that the Loop and adjacent high-density areas would be the most affordable places to live in Chicago. Yes, adding thousands of units of housing will have some downward pressure on prices, but that’s generally single digit percentages, which still puts such units beyond the reach of the middle class (much less the lower-middle or lower classes).