Today’s Headlines for Monday, November 27

  • The Tribune Ridicules Burke and Beale’s Proposal to Ticket Pedestrians for “Distracted Walking”
  • Federal Review of Obama Center Plan Could Strengthen the Hand of Local Organizations (Sun-Times)
  • Blankenhorn: Building and Rebuilding Bridges Is a Top Priority for IDOT (SJR)
  • Driver Charged With DUI After Causing Crash That Killed Woman on Sidewalk in Antioch (Sun-Times)
  • Lawsuit Against Ex-Cop in DUI Fatality Case Is a Another Test of “Code of Silence” (Tribune)
  • Wheaton Metra Station Closed After Fire, Apparently Caused by Malfunctioning Heater (ABC)
  • City Officially Opens New Bike-Only Path on LFT Between North and Fullerton (Sun-Times)
  • Oak Park Trustee: The Village Needs to Boost Divvy Memberships or Else Kill the Program (Facebook)
  • 100-Year-Old Building Near Rogers Park Metra Could Be Turned Into a Parking-Free TOD (Curbed)
  • Emanuel Interviews CNT’s Jacky Grimshaw About Her Work With Harold Washington (Chicago Stories)
  • Divvy Memberships Are $85 Today Instead of the Usual $95, #HOLIDIVVY Hits the Streets (CBS)
  • Chi Hack Night Hosts a Preview of the New “Cook Central” GIS Data Portal Tuesday at 6:30 PM

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  • JacobEPeters

    I don’t think the Oak Park politician understands that Divvy induces spending at local businesses in his community, & it isn’t a purely commuting transportation asset. Memberships in any census tract should not be the metric for shutting down the service, instead it should be a measuring stick to judge how successful the city & Divvy have been at designing & operating the system.

  • Kevin M

    I think it is possible (with eyes closed, nose plugged, and a spoon full of sugar) to see Blankenhorn’s publicized focus on “bridges” (ie. repairing current infrastructure vs expanding) as his politically-safe way to deny and placate/distract the windshield-voters who demand more lanes, more lanes, and more lanes again! Blankenhorn’s “bridges” direction also keeps the gravy pouring for the asphalt-unions. Still, even with that generous perspective, I am filled with disgust at the grossly-disproportionate amount of tax money that our government throws–year after year, decade after decade–at private automobile infrastructure while at the same time it cuts, cuts, and cuts again public funding of mass transit.

  • rohmen

    I live in Oak Park, and I think the rub may out here have with the system is that it was clearly designed more to benefit people visiting the Village than the residents of the Village itself. As you note, that’s more a measuring stick of how it’s been rolled out and managed, and not a reason to scrap it, but it’s made embracing it out here for many tough to do and turned it into an easy target.

    The rub is adding density is going to be necessary to actually make it worth something of use to Village residents (there’s a big untapped base that I think would use it to get to the trains if stations could be placed in more residential areas), but getting any future investment from the Village will be almost impossible.

    Oak Park (like a lot of areas) is going through a period of increasingly questioning tax levels/spending since property taxes are crazy, and something like Divvy is easy pickings for a politician that wants to look tough on spending,

  • rwy

    The same problem with divvy in Evanston. The stations are mostly near train stations. Sure you could build more stations and see if that increases usage. I think divvy should be scrapped in the suburbs and replaced with dockless bike share.