Today’s Headlines for Thursday, September 5

  • Video shows crash that killed Myrna Logan, 81, witnesses wonder why driver was released (CBS)
  • NIMBY website “Balance on Broadway” launched to fight TOD plan for old Treasure Island site
  • Tired of waiting for CTA to produce “Baby on Board” pins, moms make their own (Sun-Times)
  • 10-year-old, 5-story apartment building near the Kimball Brown stop sells for $15.2M (MHN)
  • Cog Cycles, specializing in rehabbed bikes, opens at 3453 W. Foster in North Park (Block Club)
  • ATA seeks input on scooters with a survey, 9/13 roundtable, 9/25 panel with SBC at RevBrew’s taproom
  • UIC Urban Forum on the future of autonomous vehicles, 9/19, 8:45 AM-1 PM, 750 S. Halsted
  • MPC panel on property tax reform 10/2, 11:30 AM-2 PM, 140 S. Dearborn

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– John Greenfield, editor, Streetsblog Chicago

  • Jacob Wilson

    From Balance on Broadway: “Balance on Broadway is definitely not a not-in-my-backyard group of community residents.”

    They then continue to play NIMBY bingo with these chestnuts:

    Too tall, not enough parking, too dense, architecture does not fit the neighborhood.”

    ‘…I reject the new building proposal on the basis of it being too high and obstructing sunlight…which would be undesirable and inevitably devalue our property.”

    “I absolutely cannot support this. Not only does it eliminate what little parking there is, now we would have an eyesore!”

    You can’t make this stuff up!

  • what_eva

    The parking complaints are particularly odious. Prior to TI’s closure, it was parking for the store only. They did not allow overnight parking or anything of the sort. Since it closed, whether it’s the owner being nice or negligent, the lot is “available” for parking. Nobody should *ever* assume that parking is going to remain available in the long term.

    At least with the burned down Dominick’s the lot was turned into pay for a while before the Mariano’s was finally built. This lot should have been turned into pay as well which leads to me ruling that the owner is negligent.