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Old October 4th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #1241
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Old October 4th, 2008, 10:02 PM   #1242
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THAT IS AWESOME!!!

What a phenomenal use of that building!
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Old October 5th, 2008, 03:14 AM   #1243
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That will bring some much needed nite life to so. lasalle st.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #1244
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Upper floors of the Park Monroe are well into their facade replacement. It's a big difference, but can't yet tell if it will be an improvement or not.

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Old October 22nd, 2008, 10:47 PM   #1245
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Dorm developer doubles down in East Loop
By Alby Gallun, Oct. 22, 2008


The owner of a new 456-bed dormitory in the East Loop wants to pack another 1,221 students into a planned 37-story high-rise next door.

A joint venture including Chicago-based real estate investment firms L&H Real Estate Group and Brownstone Realty & Development Co. has asked the city to approve a zoning change that would allow the new dorm at 51-67 E. Van Buren St.

...They aim to complete the tower by the beginning of the 2011 academic year, meaning they would break ground sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.

Mr. O’Leary declines to disclose the cost of the building, which is being designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 12:18 AM   #1246
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Chicago Architecture Foundation: New details in its search for a new home
Blair Kamin
October 22, 2008


...Her dream is for the foundation to own--and design--its own home. And that home might be 50,000 square feet, versus the 20,000 square feet the CAF now has at 224 S. Michigan, a historic skyscrapaper designed by D.H. Burnham & co. That would allow more space for classrooms and youth education programs, as well as a sexy new, interpretive model of the city.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 08:36 PM   #1247
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Pritzker Park, at South State and the El, is under construction. Entire site has been dug up and they are already working on the "sitting walls."

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Old December 3rd, 2008, 09:59 PM   #1248
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Charter high school to open in Loop
By Eddie Baeb, Dec. 03, 2008


Noble Network of Charter Schools will open Muchin College Prep next August at 1 N. State St., the former Wieboldt’s Building, with an incoming freshman class of about 175 students.

Muchin will be the first high school in the Loop, where the population of college students and dormitories has been expanding in recent years, and the eighth campus for Noble. By its fourth year, when there are four grade levels, Muchin will probably have about 550 to 700 students.

...Noble Network signed a 20-year lease for 67,000 square feet at 1 N. State, the entire seventh floor including a mezzanine level. In addition to the new school, the space will accommodate Noble Network’s administrative offices and a cafeteria that will prepare meals for students at Muchin and most other Noble campuses.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #1249
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Fire escapes are considered "historic additions" by preservationists.

I too would prefer to see them go when buildings are renovated. One beef I have with them is that the anchor points for the fire escape structures are prime culprits for facade damage in historic buildings. The iron rusts and swells, which causes the adjacent brick and terra-cotta to basically explode around the anchor points. This allows moisture into the cavity behind the face finishes and rots out the entire tier of facade work.

To painstakingly restore a building and then allow this process to occur repeatedly is foolish in my opinion.
If a fire escape as something like ornate iron work I can sort of understand that, but basic fire escapes are eyesores.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 05:38 PM   #1250
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Roosevelt U. plans new Loop tower
EDUCATION | Wants to build $130 million dorm, student facility at Crown Center location

March 24, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN


Loop University -- the nickname for a downtown Chicago area that 60,000 college students call home -- is getting a $130 million addition that will make it even more of a college town.

Roosevelt University has filed a zoning application to build an academic and student center that will double -- to roughly 640 beds -- the dormitory space once available at the Herman Crown Center it will replace at 421-25 S. Wabash.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 10:39 PM   #1251
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City plans $15.5B in downtown projects

March 31, 2009
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN

A draft of Chicago's plans for the city's central area through 2020 calls for $15.5 billion in public works, mostly for transportation improvements, and asserts the projects are attainable with or without the 2016 Olympics.

The projects include a West Loop transit hub beneath Clinton Street with an estimated price tag of almost $6 billion. The hub would connect Metra and CTA rail and bus lines with a proposed Carroll Street rail line, itself a $260 million item, near the north bank of the Chicago River.

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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:00 AM   #1252
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City plans $15.5B in downtown projects

March 31, 2009
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN

A draft of Chicago's plans for the city's central area through 2020 calls for $15.5 billion in public works, mostly for transportation improvements, and asserts the projects are attainable with or without the 2016 Olympics.

The projects include a West Loop transit hub beneath Clinton Street with an estimated price tag of almost $6 billion. The hub would connect Metra and CTA rail and bus lines with a proposed Carroll Street rail line, itself a $260 million item, near the north bank of the Chicago River.

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http://www.suntimes.com/business/150...tion31.article
I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention. So much great stuff in this proposal. If a fraction of this becomes reality by 2016 I will be a happy camper. Shit, even though I hate these emoticons, I think its time for a little
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Old April 1st, 2009, 01:00 AM   #1253
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I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention. So much great stuff in this proposal. If a fraction of this becomes reality by 2016 I will be a happy camper. Shit, even though I hate these emoticons, I think its time for a little
The unforunate by-product/backlash is evident if you look at all of the user-comments attached to the article - Talk about 'critical'! One self-proclaimed 'liberal' who is surprisingly against this, posted something about trying to find a pitchfork..hilarious!
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Old April 1st, 2009, 02:12 AM   #1254
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Heck of a list of projects. Hopefully, someone somewhere will explain to me how the "express" airport trains will run on the same tracks as the local trains, yet actually get you there substantially quicker.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 02:39 AM   #1255
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Heck of a list of projects. Hopefully, someone somewhere will explain to me how the "express" airport trains will run on the same tracks as the local trains, yet actually get you there substantially quicker.
It's all about scheduling the trains appropriately. The would-be "local" trains aren't running every minute, so that means there are probably gaps in the schedule where an "express" train could run at normal local speeds without having to make stops. This probably just means that the frequency of service for these express trains wouldn't be that high (nor would it really need to be that high). For an anecdotal case study, try riding the purple line north when it's running express to and fro downtown. You'll pass maybe 2, maybe 3 red line trains in the entire route. That's without any coordinated scheduling, and I'd wager (my memory is shaky) that the red line frequency of service in peak hours is way higher than outbound blue or orange line.

Back at UChicago, a friend had a graduation party where his family rented out an entire CTA train (he was a big rail geek). We basically were able to ride all around the city non-stop just with some advance notification and good scheduling (which also led to confused stares from people waiting at stops like on the Green line, which doesn't have "express" trains like the red/brown/purple 4-track).

EDIT: of course, i could be wrong and maybe the money being set aside is to demolish some highway real estate and make the orange/blue lines 4-track (which would be *awesome*). but i doubt it.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 09:04 AM   #1256
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If half of that stuff happened, that would be fantastic! My top 3 from that would be:
1. Circle line
2. That west loop transportation hub
3. "Kennedy Cap"
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Old April 1st, 2009, 04:18 PM   #1257
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For an anecdotal case study, try riding the purple line north when it's running express to and fro downtown. You'll pass maybe 2, maybe 3 red line trains in the entire route.
If memory serves me, the Purple line has dedicated tracks from Belmont all the way to Howard, making it a true express line. I can't imagine adding another track (or two) along the Kennedy, at the expense of car lanes.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 04:47 PM   #1258
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The concept is to add passing tracks or reverse signaling at certain locations so that express trains could pass their local leaders. This probably requires better timekeeping and signaling than CTA currently has. But there's a transportation thread for further discussion.
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If memory serves me, the Purple line has dedicated tracks from Belmont all the way to Howard, making it a true express line. I can't imagine adding another track (or two) along the Kennedy, at the expense of car lanes.
I know, I'm saying that with proper scheduling, it'd be relatively easy to schedule a non-stop train. Though Mr.Downtown has some points in his post.
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The unforunate by-product/backlash is evident if you look at all of the user-comments attached to the article - Talk about 'critical'! One self-proclaimed 'liberal' who is surprisingly against this, posted something about trying to find a pitchfork..hilarious!
There's something about the local paper comment boards that attracts nothing but stark raving lunatics.
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