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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:51 AM   #161
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Could it be that people are turning to other sources of news in order to get the balanced perspective you described? Obviously Joe Blogger doesn't have the resources of the Chicago Tribune to obtain all that information, so he would have to be an insider... but there are such people out there. "Second City Cop" strikes me as such a person.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 02:58 PM   #162
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^I'm curious what purpose you think newspapers serve in a free society, if not to point out the shortcomings of public figures. The Sun-Times story does not place the blame, it merely points out that the lowest bid was twice the estimate, yet a contract was awarded anyway. Blame could lie with those who lowballed the estimate, those who submitted the bid, or those who awarded the contract. In any case, we taxpayers have a right to know that this happened. Where is there a "witch hunt?"
The newspapers' purpose is to provide the public with information. In this case, I'd like to hear details of the project. I'd like to hear if something illegal happened in the bid process, not speculation. I'd also like to hear details of the bid process in an unbias manner.

And you think the Sun-Times doesnt place blame? That hilarious. Is that why they called Walsh a "clout-heavy firm"? GMAFB They are trying to sell newspapers by crying corruption and if you dont see it then you are blind.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 08:10 AM   #163
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Could it be that people are turning to other sources of news in order to get the balanced perspective you described? Obviously Joe Blogger doesn't have the resources of the Chicago Tribune to obtain all that information, so he would have to be an insider... but there are such people out there. "Second City Cop" strikes me as such a person.
Second City Cop has no budget, no pretense to present issues fairly, and certainly no journalistic ethic, just like other bloggers. They're no substitute for decent journalism at all. Frumie and Mr. Downtown are right about our need for newspapers to give us serious information. Unfortunately, Chicago is obviously headed in the opposite direction at breakneck speed. In a few months we'll be lucky to have even a Red Eye-caliber paper around.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #164
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Michigan Avenue bridge Riverwalk project

Crews have begun work on a river-level walkway beneath the Michigan Avenue bridge--the first such connection for the Chicago River Riverwalk.

The walkway will extend about 17 feet out into the Chicago River, providing a continuous path beneath the bridge. Once complete, users will be able to walk alongside the river from Lake Michigan all the way to Wabash Avenue.

A second underbridge walkway is planned for beneath the Wabash bridge. That work is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall.

Construction impacts

During construction, both the east and west sides of the Michigan bridge at the river level will have restricted access. Visitors to the McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse Museum will be able to enter the facility from Michigan Avenue; access to the west of the museum will be closed.

In August, the Michigan Avenue bridge will be closed temporarily during the overnight hours for several days. More information will be distributed and posted here once details are finalized.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008.

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Old August 22nd, 2008, 02:53 PM   #165
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There is a construction barge parked on the river between Michigan and Wabash, presumably for start of the riverwalk. I dont have my damn camera unfortunately, but believe me its there!
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 04:50 PM   #166
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Great news on the Riverwalk expansion. Yet another layer added to the downtown Chicago pedestrian experience
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 08:52 PM   #167
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There's also quite a bit of construction activity at lower LOWER Wacker and Columbus. People, trucks and trailers.

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There is a construction barge parked on the river between Michigan and Wabash, presumably for start of the riverwalk. I dont have my damn camera unfortunately, but believe me its there!
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:21 AM   #168
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Old September 1st, 2008, 11:17 PM   #169
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Upgraded Riverwalk awash in beauty

September 1, 2008
BY CELESTE BUSK, Sun-times News Group

If you haven't been to the Chicago Riverwalk lately, it's time head to the Loop to enjoy the new and venerable attractions waiting for you along the river's edge.

To make Chicago's "second lakefront" - as Mayor Richard Daley calls it - more enjoyable, the city has been progressively working on a plan that envisions creating a continuous riverwalk on the south bank from Michigan Avenue to Lake Street. Already, you can start at Lake Shore Drive and head west to just about Wacker Drive. But you get stuck at the bridges.

To make the Chicago Riverwalk easier to navigate, the city is building walkways beneath the north side of the bridges to link existing riverwalk paths. The new connections will eliminate the pedestrian headache of running up a set of bridge-tower stairs, crossing the street and going back downstairs...

http://www.southtownstar.com/lifesty...erwalk.article
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Old September 1st, 2008, 11:35 PM   #170
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The north bank is privately owned, but the public still is invited to walk along or sit and enjoy many private riverbank patios such as at the IBM Building, between State and Wabash.

But several of the north bank restaurants and cafes will not allow you entry unless you stop to dine or have a drink. But some of that will change in the future.
That's awesome. I have wondering if in the future there would be any cordinated efforts to better the north side of the river as well.

In particular I have been thinking about the ivy covered IBM plaza. Is the plaza itself under landmark restrictions? I think it could potentially make a great little niche space with retail built into the plaza instead of a now ivy wall and it would haven't to take up the whole plaza space.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 06:49 PM   #171
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Chicago Riverwalk work.

Jan 22
NOT an Ice Breaker. They were doing repeated runs at the ice, backing up, getting a running start, then buting in another 20ft or so, backing up, repeat .....




Jan 23
Michigan Ave.


Breaking and removing ice - a nice tool to have.




Footing being built on site (on barge)


Serious pumps - it appears that they will pump out the space between the sheet piles and the old wall at some point.




Old piles for old wall


Not so old piles (?)


River bank is on the left


Michigan Ave bridge railing work.


Wabash, looking under state.


Extending a drain pipe
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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #172
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Feb 13

Feb 6


Feb 5 - forms in the water...






.. ice on the side.






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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #173
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SpyGuy posted this in SSC


A very busy site with multiple crews


Tied into the bank.








A well used barge


Sfety - Safety - safety


Standing on fill - this was river just days ago.


The old riverwall, 2 rows of pilings with a 3 deep set of planks inbetween.




Pilings galore.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #174
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Great update Harryc, thanks.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:42 AM   #175
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Smoke on the water - I

From last September
The smell of a wood fire is nice, but not downtown.


This is from 6:50am, would appear that the pilings lit while the cap was being cut off/maintained.


Dried over the span of many many years, periodically soaked in creasote, capped with an impervious metal cover.


Still going an hour later


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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:43 AM   #176
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Smoke on the water - II

6:54am - note the oil sheen spreading out already.








The old casing



There was an asphalt cap.





Piling pulling stuff - this was on site before the fire.


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Old March 9th, 2009, 12:46 AM   #177
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Riverwalk floods after this weekends rains.





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Old March 9th, 2009, 01:27 AM   #178
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That can't be a good sign.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 02:46 AM   #179
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^ But you'll notice that only the portion without a wall abutting the river is flooded. I'm assuming the entire riverwalk will be walled?
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Riverwalk - I

CBOT that is unreal

Feb 19


Feb 20


Tote that barge


Feb 23

Pumping E of Mich ave.


Old reating wall, and ice showing the river height before the pumping started.






Feb 25
Michigan Ave bridge


Wabash Bridge


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