Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, May 23

  • Ald. King and Reilly Will Introduce an Ordinance to Rename Balbo Drive for Ida B. Wells (Reader)
  • Council Will Vote to Approve the Obama Center, Including Road Widening (ABC7)
  • Teens Say They Use Lyft and Uber Despite Rules Against Ferrying Minors (NBC5)
  • 5th Ward Candidate Supports Rebuilding Green Line E. of Cottage, Rev. Finney Opposes It (Maroon)
  • Tribune’s Mary Wisniewski Is Tweeting From International Transport Forum in Germany

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  • BlueFairlane

    Ida. B. Wells is somebody who deserves to have a street named after her, but I’m on the side of that being too many Wells Streets too close together. Who’s Wells Street named after? Can we rename Wells Street so that it’s named after Ida B. Wells?

  • Louis S

    Yeah, fortunately they do not intersect, but will definitely cause confusion.

  • Jeremy

    According to Wikipedia: “is named in honor of William Wells, a United States Army Captain who died in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.”

    Also: “Wells Street was named in Time Magazine’s 1976 article ‘The Porno Plague’.”

  • Austin Busch

    Simple solution, rename Balbo Drive as Ida Drive. Sure it’s not a last name.

  • BlueFairlane

    Well, there’s the answer. Change Balbo to Wells, and change Wells to Porno Plague Memorial Boulevard.

  • BlueFairlane

    I want to make jokes, but I’m going to answer this one seriously.

    There are many reasons to name a street after Ida B. Wells, but one of the more significant is a recognition of populations that have been skipped over by those composing the historical record. I think you undercut that goal by using a first name instead of a last. It would set a precedent–perhaps accidental and perhaps not–that while all the old white guys were significant enough to be formally addressed by their surnames, a black woman is enough of a lesser person to be addressed casually. I think that’s an unfortunate statement.

  • Kevin M

    Re: Re-building the Green Line east of Cottage Grove

    I am all for extending Green Line service back to Jackson Park, but I can see why there is resistance to extending the El down and over Woodlawn’s economic engine and community backbone. I wonder why the Green Line could not run east down and over an alley after it leaves the mainline–like the Brown line does north of Belmont.

    Lets flip the script:

    1) Imagine the different look and feel and property values of Lakeview, Ravenswood, or Lincoln Square if the Brown Line ran over Belmont, Damen, and Lawrence.

    2) Now imagine the Green Line running over an nearby alley to the north or south of 63rd street? How would 63rd St. look and feel today? How could Woodlawn’s El-crime concern be addressed?

    I know running the Green Line over an alley might require some land acquisition and building removal, but if we can do that in Lakeview for the greater good (Flyover), we can do it in Woodlawn.

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    I’d have to assume there are plenty of cities with a King Street and Martin Luther King Blvd….

  • Cameron Puetz

    Renaming Balbo would cause less confusion than most streets since there are only two buildings with a Balbo address, but it’s a valid concern. I wonder if would be less confusing if the renamed street as designated as a boulevard.

  • Cameron Puetz

    The Green Line is unique in being the only elevated line that runs significant portions of its route above a street. In addition the Brown Line discussed above, other elevated lines that parallel major corridors run in alleys.The O’Hare branch of the Blue Line jogs to an alley before emerging from the subway. The Pink Line is in an alley except for the segment shared with the Green Line.

  • sigsegv

    or maybe have it turn north and then go East trenched through the Midway, finally giving UC direct L access.

  • Dennis McClendon

    Not sure why “officials” said it would be the first renaming in 50 years. Seneca St. became Mies van der Rohe Way in 1986. South Water Street became Wacker Place in 1987.

  • planetshwoop

    Wonder when Pulaski was renamed from Crawford… It’s funny to see the name carved into buildings (and of course, the adjacent burbs didn’t go along).

  • Dennis McClendon

    December 12, 1933.

  • what_eva

    I just want to know if someone is going to re-dub the audio in The Fugitive

  • johnaustingreenfield

    I’ve alerted Sophia King’s office about your comment.