Today’s Headlines for Thursday, May 10

  • Zorn Blasts Richard M. Daley’s Parking Policies, William Daley Defends Them (Tribune)
  • Metra Will Spend $500K Testing New Fare Structure, 1 Day Pass (Tribune)
  • CTA Approves Renting Wilson Space to Chicago Market, Extends 31st St. Bus Pilot (Tribune)
  • Man Charged With Aggravated DUI After Fatal Eisenhower Crash (CBS)
  • Joravsky & Glowacz Discuss Bike Safety, and How to Accommodate Cyclists on LSD (
  • Dallas Op-Ed: Bike-Share Works in Chicago Thanks to “Fantastic” Bike Infra (D Magazine)
  • Active Trans Is Gearing up for Bike the Drive on Sunday, May 27
  • Burke, Borzo, and Neufeld Lead Small Rides for Active Trans This Summer
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  • BlueFairlane

    Gotta say, I’m impressed by the bravery of Eric Zorn to call out a guy who hasn’t been mayor for seven years and whose legacy has been well discussed. Or, at least it was well discussed after the deal was made.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Total side topic, but no response from CDOT yet – is this a legit roundabout sign? It sure looks like one, but it is at a small residential side street intersection (Cornelia and Wolcott), and the physical installation just looks like a standard traffic calming island. So curious how this came about, and if there are more…

  • planetshwoop
  • Carter O’Brien

    Are people using them properly?

  • Chicagoan

    Compared to most American cities, we do have ‘fantastic’ bike infrastructure.

  • Chicagoan

    I’ve seen them in Edgewater as well.

  • planetshwoop

    Not really. I think there’s a tendency to just veer left when going left instread of going around. They all have clearly been annihilated as there are corpses of old street poles in most, along with tire tracks across the dirt.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Eh…the amount of people I talk to that genuinely believe Rahm is responsible for the parking meter deal and have no idea that the city faced several half-billion plus operating deficits going into Rahm’s first term is…disappointing.

    I don’t know if that speaks to who much Daley’s legacy has been discussed or how low political engagement is amongst a wide swatch of residents, but I’m sure that piece came a news to lots of folks.

  • BlueFairlane

    Seems to me the type of person who’s not going to know Daley was responsible for the parking deal is the type of person who’s not going to know there was a parking deal.

    One thing I really dislike about media in general and Chicago media in particular is the tendency to bitterly rehash stuff that was done nearly a decade ago and by a guy no longer in a position to be held accountable for anything while skipping over all the stuff that’s being done now. But then, I guess if they pointed out the stuff that’s happening now, they’d have nothing to carp over ten years down the road.

    *Edited to fix some awkward phrasing.

  • Kevin M

    Agreed. Overall, I liked Zorn’s piece and found Daley’s rebuttal hard to swallow. However, any criticism of the parking meter sell-out should call to the carpet the aldermen who voted for it (many of which are still in office) just as well as Dick Daley. Their obedience enabled a bad mayor to make a very bad decision with public resources.

  • ohsweetnothing

    Hmm, I’m not sure I get what you’re saying in the first sentence. I guess all I can say is that type of person exists, and there are lots of that type of person. Or maybe most of them just hang out at my old barbershop and loudly argue about it (the street it’s on is metered)…

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  • ohsweetnothing

    Ah, and I forgot the amount of people who believe that Reader story. That’s also disappointing.

  • rohmen

    And this is why I think Rahm gets tied in so heavily with the Daley failures of the past. The City Counsel has barley changed, and is still just a rubber stamp for the mayor’s office, so it doesn’t feel like anything really ever changed (and arguably really hasn’t).

    I never faulted Rahm for inheriting a bad system (and the meter deal was inherited despite the apparent belief that he could have somehow torpedoed it), but I blame him for keeping the Daley status quo in place. No one thought he was going to be a progressive, but I thought there’d be some focus on underserved neighborhoods, schools, etc.

  • Carter O’Brien

    And they are the directional roundabout signs, not the “traffic circle” ones like these:

    For the traffic circle sign, I would certainly assume you do just veer left to turn, but using the term “circle” seems unnecessarily confusing. I hope Claffey responds, some clarity would be good here.

  • FlamingoFresh

    Considering the parking meter deal is a 75 year deal I have no problem of it getting brought up as long as it is still in effect. If anything, it serves as a reminder to how blind the people of Chicago were to trust a “beloved” mayor blindly and have him locked in Chicago in this horrible deal. Being more aware and holding people accountable for their mishandlings is a need that Chicago has always lacked. It’s a city of corrupt government officials who only have the best interest for themselves and not the people.

  • CIAC

    The comment thread of that Reader article is a good place to look to find out why the article is misleading.