Today’s Headlines for Monday, February 12

  • A Year After Ticketing Discrepancy Revealed, Black Neighborhoods Still See Most Tickets (Tribune)
  • Sun-Times: Most Juveniles Charged With Armed Carjackings Let Go in 24 Hours
  • Emanuel, State Lawmakers Propose Making It a Felony to Be in Possession of a Stolen Car (ABC)
  • CTA Releases Video of Passenger Setting Fire Aboard Train at Argyle Station (Tribune)
  • Niles Tries to Persuade Metra to Build a Stop Along the Milwaukee District North Line (Tribune)
  • A 30-Story Tower Could Be in the Works for Oak/Dearborn Site (Curbed)
  • Oak Park Trustee: Lake Street Renovation Plan Needs to Include Bike Facilities (Tribune)
  • Active Trans: Safe Road Design, Not Airbag Suits, Are Needed to Prevent Bike Injuries (Tribune)
  • Gallery: “Dibs” Parking Space Hogging Has Reared Its Ugly Head Again in Chicago (Tribune)

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  • Two thought:

    1): Wow the crazy el fire guy video was very interesting. From the news reports it sounded way worse than it was. It’s clear the guy was less of a danger to passengers than I imagined. They had plenty of time to report him and get out of the el car. He did not light the flammable liquid until after being attacked by the police.

    2). Dibs. Look, we militant pedestrian/cyclists should be in favor of dibs. It reduces, even if only temporarily, the amount of parking available in the city. That good for all other means of moving about the city. So a better headline could be:

    “Dibs” Parkers once again shoot themselves in the foot with parking reductions!

  • Carter O’Brien

    I don’t see a temporary loss of parking being useful for other transportation modes. All that is going to happen is people will spend more time circling the block(s) looking for parking. It may reduce the number of people driving in the city in the long run, but it seems as likely that making street parking a hassle means people are even more likely to insist that new developments in their communities have more generous parking ratios. More studies are really needed, IMO.

  • BlueFairlane

    The problem with your dibs theory is that any reluctance to drive you might see from people who don’t practice dibs is offset by the increased ease of driving for people who do practice dibs and know they have a guaranteed parking space when they get home because of it. And since the people who practice dibs are by definition bigger assholes than people who don’t, you’re just increasing the number of carefree assholes driving around.

  • rohmen

    ^^this. I didn’t agree with it, but I could always live with the handful of people who pulled dibs on my block in Ukie Village for the first day or two after a storm.

    That said, the a-hole mindset that drives dibs almost by definition means people will push it beyond all reason. I had neighbors that essentially dug out a spot once, or even worse took a spot someone else had dug out and not marked near their home, and then would hold onto it for weeks (no joke). They actually benefited heavily from dibs since parking was tough by me period, and I have no doubt they increased their driving during that time frame given the new convenience being an a-hole provided.

  • As I said above, only drivers really car about dibs. Non-drivers could care less. And the only reason drivers get worked up about it is that it must matter. So my argument stands.

  • Drivers are insatiable. They always want more and they always mess up what what they get. So no sense trying to out-psychologize them.

    My argument now is that snow reduces driving. That’s good for transit numbers in the short run. Dibs is irrelevant in one way as the parking space will either be filled with a parked car or a parked chair. But at least a parked car isn’t traffic on the road whereas a parked chair is traffic. So net loss for drivers and parkers. And more generous parking ratios won’t help as the spaces that get built already have too many. Unless the legal changes are to eliminate street parking. Now there’s an idea!

  • Carter O’Brien

    Heh – isn’t essentially much of what gets discussed in the urban transportation surrounding the idea of outsmarting drivers? That’s what drives the whole induced demand theory, no?

    In my experience people get wedded to parking based on the concept that street parking is a PIA. But I have never (if ever) heard of anyone losing their car based just on parking challenges. As you say, it’s an insatiable demand. So the reaction is to take as much control over the situation as possible, ie, get a private spot. There’s also the reality that condo units with parking are marketed as such, and I know plenty of property owners and realtors who will tell you that a parking space is important, as it is viewed as helping with resale value. A lot of variables, no doubt. I suspect there are a thousand nuances as well, depending on whether someone needs a car for work or if they just always had one and then they moved to Chicago and realized they didn’t need one, if a person has multiple kids they need to schlep around, are elderly and can’t walk very far, etc.