Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, February 6

  • The 78 Can Do More to Promote Biking, Walking, and Transit (Active Trans)
  • How the Chicago Region Gets to Work, in Maps (CityLab)
  • Curbed Looks at Emanuel’s Race to Get the O’Hare Express Contract Inked
  • Editorial: Ban the Sale of Used Cars That Have Safety Defects (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Cited After Striking Woman, 19, in Crosswalk by Rush Medical Center (CBS)
  • Police Release Photos of Alleged Pink Line Cell Phone Robber (CBS)
  • Sun-Times Endorses Moreno But Chides Him for Yelling at Driver Parked in a Bike Lane
  • Springfield Could Be Getting a Fleet of Gotcha Bike-Share Cycles (Fox)
  • Howard Street Brewing Wants to Open Near the ‘L’ Stop (Block Club)
  • Do a Valentine’s Treasure Hunt on 606, Snag Deals at Local Businesses (Block Club)

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  • Carter O’Brien

    The City Lab commuting story is more depressing than I expected. I hope that the single driver stat described as “about 70% in Chicago” is for our larger metro region and not just the city proper, as the last stat I saw had that percentage in the low 60s.

  • johnaustingreenfield
  • Carter O’Brien

    That’s more encouraging, particularly the trend direction, thanks.

  • what_eva

    Note that they’re chiding Moreno not for yelling at the person parked (they outright say she shouldn’t have been there), but instead for pulling his alderman badge (which I didn’t know existed) and trying to use it as a point of authority.

    If you or I would have yelled at this woman, she would have yelled back, same as she did to Moreno (according to Moreno she said something about being from Texas and doing what she wants, which I find totally believable based on some Texans I’ve met…). Difference is, you or I would have have either moved on or called the police, not pulled out some badge in an attempt to (successfully) one-up her and get her to move. While the end result (she parked properly) was good, it does not justify the means in this case.

  • what_eva

    The block shown in all the maps is the entire metro area (including Kenosha and NW Indiana) and it’s in the 60-70% color for that area.

  • Guest

    Why has neither Tribune nor Sun-Times taken into account Moreno’s shakedown of a landlord, in a rent dispute with the Double Door Lounge?

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/suit-ald-moreno-violated-civil-rights-of-former-double-door-landlord/

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    I think its by county.

  • Tooscrapps

    Active Trans is right about the bike path for the 76. We don’t need another Riverwalk flip-flop.

  • what_eva

    The blocks shown are much bigger than that. I suspect the numbers are by metro area as I suspect the bike/walk/transit numbers would be smaller in the collar counties.

  • rohmen

    I disagree. It’s not like he pulled his “badge” to get extra pickles on his sandwich or something. He saw someone doing something clearly illegal in this City, told her to stop, and pulled out a badge when she refused to comply to show her he was someone in the City that knew what he was talking about and had the power to escalate the issue. To be honest, outside of security and access issues, I feel this this type of situation is exactly why they give badges to these guys.

    Do you feel like he abused his power here? I’d argue his actions were well within how he should act, and I wish more alderman would step up when they see people on the streets acting inappropriately (especially in instances where the CPD will never timely respond).

  • Dennis McClendon

    I don’t see the problem. The PD shows (p. 26) separated facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. Wells-Wentworth will have bike lanes for the MAMILs, as will the cover over the Metra tracks.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Agreed. Although I find it baffling why the Chicago Metro area seems to have competing border claims: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_metropolitan_area

    Or maybe I just need more coffee…

  • what_eva

    I’m going to disagree right back because there’s no way in hell alderman should have badges. Given Moreno’s demeanor, my guess is he was throwing a hissyfit and it was a total DYKWIA move.

  • what_eva

    Since they most likely used census data to make the map, I’d presume the map is MSAs. But that is definitely odd. I wasn’t aware that the CSA or UN agglomeration existed as well.

    The MSA has always seemed large to me. Kenosha county? I get Lake County IN, but Porter starts stretching it, then you add Jasper and Newton too?

  • what_eva
  • Austin Busch

    I’m curious, has it been mapped out how the cycle track over the Metra will connect to the surroundings?

  • Carter O’Brien

    My dad moved out of the city to Kenosha county a while ago, so I can confirm it’s pretty heavy on the FIB/Bears contingency, but that always struck me not as a commuter/transplant so much as retirees or people with cabins for weekend warrioring.

    Maybe the Metra expansion justifies it? Having all those additional IN counties also seems odd.

    It is heartening to know Chicago is significantly better, although I still find 50% as crazy. I’ve worked in Chicago since I was 13, and carpools, sure. But my solo commuting by car was a super brief stretch during a job and housing transition. Environmental reasons aside, it’s just an expensive and frustrating way to go through life!

  • Dennis McClendon

    No, I don’t think so, which is another reason I don’t understand the ATA hate for this project. We’re many years from detailed site planning, much less construction.

  • Tooscrapps

    No harm agitating for firm commitments now. Plans evolve and promised bike lanes (among other community benefits) have a way of evaporating.

    Also, mind linking the PD? Thanks.

  • rohmen

    There a many, many city and county employees outside of CPD and sheriffs that end up with badges. Alderman are the least of my concerns, but point taken.

    And I have no doubt Moreno was throwing a hissyfit. He’s that kind of guy. Considering a car was blocking a bike lane, which is illegal, I think the hissyfit was justified. I throw hissyfits when people do it and then refuse to acknowledge they’re in the wrong when called out. Filing a complaint that Moreno impersonated a cop, and then not even alleging in the complaint that Moreno ever identified himself as such, tells me all I need to know about the validity of it all.

    Feel free to have sympathy for someone that was acting as a scofflaw and got ticked that they were called out by an elected official, but I’ll keep my scorn bottled up for an instance when Moreno’s actually in the wrong (and they’re out there).

  • what_eva

    In most cases though, don’t those badge holders have some kind of law enforcement powers? Like DNR agents, etc that ticket fishing violations, etc.

    I do *not* have sympathy for the scofflaw. Not every situation has someone in the right and someone in the wrong. Both the entitled Texan driver and Moreno were in the wrong. All I’m saying is that I’m completely fine with the S-T calling Moreno out for pulling his BS alderman badge on someone, no matter how wrong that someone may have been.

  • what_eva

    By the same token, there’s a guy a couple rows over from me at work who lives in Boone county. Sure, there’s some people that commute from Kenosha to Chicago, but when you’re going through Wadsworth on the tollway or Winthrop Harbor on Sheridan, it kinda feels like you’ve passed the edge of the metro area.

  • Carter O’Brien

    I’ve traveled up I-94 to WI my whole life and until now I had never even heard of Wadsworth. Well played.