Today’s Headlines for Thursday, September 6

  • Schwieterman: Rahm’s Departure Likely Means End of the O’Hare Express Project (Tribune)
  • 2 Killed in Niles Crash Involving Cook County Sheriff’s Officer (ABC)
  • Male Cyclist, 25, Critically Injured After Being Doored and Struck by SUV Driver in Pilsen
  • Man on Bike, 63, Suffers Critical Injuries in Arlington Heights Dooring (Sun-Times)
  • Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Kenneth Ebenreiter, 66, in Evanston (Sun-Times)
  • Tennants Forced Out of Apartment Near Brown Line in Albany Park Plan to Sue (Block Club)
  • Urban Growers Collective Is Selling Produce to South Siders Out of Old CTA Buses (Curbed)
  • Hoosiers Are Stoked About Amtrak’s New Roll-on Bike Service to Chicago (Journal Review)
  • Share Ideas for Chicago’s Transportation Future by Taking Active Trans’ 5-Question Survey

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  • BlueFairlane

    That’s kind of disappointing about Elon Musk’s tunnel. Not that I wanted to see it happen. I didn’t and am extremely glad it’s (mostly) dead. I just wanted to see the thing crash and burn on its merits. Now all the Muskovites will blame politics instead of the fact that Elon Musk is, to paraphrase a common euphemism, guano crazy.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Well if the O’Hare express falls through, CPS can always contract Musk to transport children to school in kid-sized submarines via the Chicago River.

  • planetshwoop

    The plan by the Autonomous Tenants Union to sue basically anyone who invests in Albany Park has some pretty big trade-offs. While it holds down housing prices for the apartments, they seem to be generally in pretty deplorable condition. (Like, mold didn’t arrive the day the new management took over; it was surely there prior to that, right? Is the ATU fighting for existing tenants, not just ones whose buildings are bought?)

    Such actions will deter other investors from trying to enhance the housing stock. That might be the goal, but it also has consequences in the long term: attracting tenants/landlords who invite crime (google “Gary Carlson”) but don’t raise the rent, reducing retail investment in the area, and just generally perpetuating crappy conditions that lead to asthma, lead, fire safety etc. etc.

    It’s hard to tell if the ATU just likes to fight or if they have broader goals they are trying to achieve.

    If they directed their actions towards broader neighborhood goals: better schools, improvements for all buildings, not just ones purchased, better local employment opps, etc. etc. I could be more supportive. Otherwise, they just seem too opportunistic.