Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 18

  • Can We Learn From The 606 Experience & Prevent Future Displacement? (Curbed)
  • Why Wasn’t Reverting N. LSD to a Surface Road Considered? (Transport Politic)
  • Driver in Critical Condition After Crashing Into Homewood Dairy Queen (NBC)
  • Avondale Food Pantry Closed After Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Manager (Block Club)
  • Lawsuit Accuses City of Exceeding $250 Cap on Fines for Drivers (Sun-Times)
  • Audrey H. Nixon Pedestrian Bridge Opens in Waukegan (Herald)
  • Metra’s Fox River Bridge in Elgin on Track for 2020 Completion (Tribune)
  • Western Spring Residents Say They Want a Sound Wall for I0294 Expansion (Tribune)
  • “Black Tiberinus” Sculpture Is Coming to the Riverwalk (Tribune)
  • Meet the Musicians Who Turned the Former N/D/M Slip Lane Into a Stage (Block Club)

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  • Chicagoan

    As an Uptown resident, the one thing I’d like to see is the closure of the Lawrence and Montrose interchanges. Irving Park, Wilson, and Foster are sufficient. I don’t understand the need for five interchanges in Uptown if their analysis has found that usage from Irving Park to Hollywood is much lighter.

  • Tooscrapps

    I think you’d sub out Montrose for Wilson so you have circulation.

    Ideally, I’d like to see them take out Lawrence near the lake and make the Foster Lot accessible from Simmonds.

  • Carter O’Brien

    As a Jefferson Township resident who just had his property assessed in a bonkers upward direction by Berrios’ crack team of Zillow surfers, there are so many issues that lead to displacement that I find it hard to single out parks and trails, I’d say they are tipping points, but the writing is usually on the wall. With the 606, it was clear 20 years ago that Humboldt Park was already on the radar of property speculators and developers.

    But absolutely nothing has been done in my precise neck of the woods from an infrastructure standpoint – we don’t have a real, natural immersion sized park anywhere near us, the Belmont L is still in crusty and lacking an elevator, etc. So what drives that increase? City spending. The City (and its various agencies) say they need x amount of cash for the next year, and the property assessments must make that happen while ostensibly spreading out the pain fairly (cough – we know this doesn’t happen).

    A reliance on property taxes to fund basic City services is the root problem here, that’s what disguises the monkey business and somehow allows wealthy downtown property owners like Trump to successfully appeal their assessments while tens of thousands of lower income homeowners and renters on the South and West Sides get screwed and have to make up the difference. I ruefully laugh at the now-forgotten concept of the “7% solution” in terms of capping increases far beyond what most people can keep up with.

  • Cameron Puetz

    Of the Uptown intersections, Wilson is the first one I’d get rid of. Through Uptown and the neighborhoods to the west, Wilson has a much more pedestrian feel than either Montrose or Lawrence. I’d hate to lose Wilson’s pedestrian character by turning it into the main main route to LSD.

  • planetshwoop

    More novelty than mobility, but there was extensive vandalism to the South Elgin trolley museum.