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Old August 22nd, 2007, 05:44 PM   #921
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Is it built on an exisiting parking lot or this is going to take more parkland space?
Existing parking lot for McCormick Place.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 04:53 AM   #922
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This current design stinks, but the observation deck is a good idea for McC Place coventioneers/tourists/corporate events. For Chicago to compete w/ Orlando, Las Vegas, et al, for convention leadership, an architecturally bold observation deck on the water at McC Place is a good idea.

As I stated earlier, a McC Place grand plan could be brewing for:
McC Place hotel expansion+restauranteurs locating near Mich Ave/21st St+Observation deck+casino (also supported by gambling-mad Chinese in neraby Chinatown).
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Old August 26th, 2007, 05:18 AM   #923
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:30 PM   #924
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from my living room

Clear light like this morning makes it hard not to get out the digicam. I can see 12 highrises under construction from one window.
  • That's Printers Corner getting a coat of white paint
  • In front of that, Printers Row Lofts getting masonry repairs
  • Burnham Pointe with the red crane and red hoist
  • Vetro with the blue, with nearly all the vetro installed
  • 642 South Clark is the white crane


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Old August 27th, 2007, 06:25 AM   #925
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A few qs:

Anyone here of another restaurant to hit Wabash, north of Roosevelt? Not the Pakistani restaurant (or was it Indian, sorry I forget), but I hear another high-end eatery is supposed to come in.

Next, I heard Fox & Obel are having a hard time securing funding for their new locale. Anyone else hear this?

Lastly, we all know driving down Roosevelt can be painful, but oh my goodness, today was awful. I love that Canal Street weekend market, but the city needs to giddy up on opening another East/West street for easy access. Geez Louise. Going from brunch to Dominick's cracked me up...let alone trying to get into Whole Foods to buy cheese - so I skipped it.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:02 AM   #926
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Clear light like this morning makes it hard not to get out the digicam. I can see 12 highrises under construction from one window.
  • That's Printers Corner getting a coat of white paint
  • In front of that, Printers Row Lofts getting masonry repairs
  • Burnham Pointe with the red crane and red hoist
  • Vetro with the blue, with nearly all the vetro installed
  • 642 South Clark is the white crane

Interesting shot, indeed. Soon the 235 W Van Buren cranes/project will be in your sights as well. And the mysterious Clark/Harrison worksite is early-stage also. Your pic of 12 dev projects reminds me of a few months back, the view from the Target's main entrance showed ~20 developments under construction, in every direction.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #927
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Lastly, we all know driving down Roosevelt can be painful, but oh my goodness, today was awful. I love that Canal Street weekend market, but the city needs to giddy up on opening another East/West street for easy access. Geez Louise. Going from brunch to Dominick's cracked me up...let alone trying to get into Whole Foods to buy cheese - so I skipped it.
^ There are multiple reasons for that:

1) Dearborn Park is a inward-oriented community that blocks all east-west access (despite having roads that could potentially connect properly to Clark and State), so everybody is forced to use Roosevelt, which has thus become a nasty CO2 fest
2) Everything on Roosevelt and Canal is so auto-oriented that nobody in their right mind would think of going to stores there without driving. Therefore, everybody drives and nobody walks/uses a bus, and thus all of Roosevelt Rd becomes a jam-packed auto-gutter. Some tidbits of planning and foresight would have helped prevent all of this.

I believe in induced traffic, and I also believe that providing a lot of parking for the future "tidal wave" of cars is the actual cause of the "tidal wave" of cars, not the solution. It's the worst ubiquitous planning decision being made in modern-day Chicago.

The best thing that can be done in Chicago is to provide absolutely no off-street parking anywhere in its core neighborhoods. Almost NONE. Transit ridership will explode, consumer demand for better transit will explode, transit services will improve to correct for demands of the market, quality of life will improve, traffic will become less of a problem (fewer people will really care because they won't be driving everywhere), parking will be less of a problem (see reason above), and walking in the city will ultimately be 100 times more pleasant, because the market will gear itself more towards pedestrians rather than cars.

Every new development won't be scarred for life with parking podiums, people won't obsess with parking, every little store in every little corner won't have to worry about providing parking, the urban environment will look better, Chicago will be a more desirable place to live for professionals and families, more streetlife will lead to safer streets, and there will (possibly) be fewer traffic fatalities.

So Bgirl, when you spoke up about Roosevelt, you opened up my own analysis of years and years of horrendous planning, and you got my opinion of what's REALLY wrong, down to the core of the problem. And I know a handful of you will always disagree with me and root for ever more parking to be stuffed in every nook and cranny available, but I believe that the proof is, and will always be, in the pudding. The greatest cities in the world are pedestrian paradises with good transit systems, and lack of parking was NEVER an obstacle for them. Lack of parking was NEVER viewed as such a huge problem that needed solving to these places, as it continues to be in Chicago. Why Chicago has mired and mucked itself up with this issue so badly remains to hinder it as a city in so many ways.

I can only hope that in the upcoming decades Chicago can simply learn not only from other cities, but from itself--its own planners who built the Loop and the L, as well all of the trains that serve it. That whole part of town has a relative dearth of parking but is JAM-packed with economic and cultural activity, and it was all accomplished with technology that is well over a century old. Yet we, with our iPhones, MRI machines, and nano-bots, can't even build a few stores without having to set-aside acres of dead real estate just to satisfy its transportation needs--something that wasn't necessary generations ago. Last I checked, improvement of technology leads to reduction in space needs (older vacuum-tube computers replaced with microchips), not in its expansion, right?

Anyhow, my long lecture is over now. If you've reached this statement, then thanks for reading.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:14 PM   #928
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Urban Politician - yep, I live next to Dearborn Park and hear ya. I know about the minor hiccup that can cause transportation-wise.

Hopefully, opening Taylor street and/or Polk may help the matter.

For now, I'm fine hopping on my bike and cruising down the bike lane and breezing into Whole Foods...or...walking up the hill with my granny cart.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 02:23 AM   #929
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Originally Posted by The Urban Politician;15015784The best thing that can be done in Chicago is to provide absolutely [I
no[/I] off-street parking anywhere in its core neighborhoods. Almost NONE. Transit ridership will explode, consumer demand for better transit will explode, transit services will improve to correct for demands of the market, quality of life will improve, traffic will become less of a problem (fewer people will really care because they won't be driving everywhere), parking will be less of a problem (see reason above), and walking in the city will ultimately be 100 times more pleasant, because the market will gear itself more towards pedestrians rather than cars.

I'm all for encouraging people to walk, but the city has not given Chicagoans a good enough reason to do so. You can take the bus down Roosevelt, but the car will always beat it. The FIRST thing the city needs to do is provide a DECENT public transportation network. Even if that means designated bus only lanes, increasing the speed of trains by upgrading its infrastructure, expanding the train network, etc, no one has made it a priority and everyone points to someone else.

We can't even get our governor to help pay to fix our system that has caused multiple accidents and consequently reduced the length time to get from O'Hare to the Loop by 15 minutes each way. Our system is overtaxed. The demand is there. Every day during rush hour the trains are crammed.
Your logic sounds good on paper, but it doesn't happen overnight by taking away parking. To build a system as good as NYC, London, or even Philadelphia, it takes commitment from leaders and a lot of time.

I don't feel bad for the people sitting in their cars on Roosevelt (I use a granny cart and walk nearly a mile to the grocery store, Target, Whole Foods). It shouldnt be expected to be easy driving your car in "downtown" Chicago. I think it is worse on the weekend in Lakeview near Clark Street and even on Route 59 in Aurora/Naperville.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 03:22 AM   #930
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^ You're kind of right, PRB, but as long as transit has only a moderate-sized constituency and parking is readily available, I am afraid that it will remain only a moderate priority to expand it. It's sort of a catch-22. Without making driving more difficult, people won't switch to transit. Yet without providing parking (in light of a somewhat inadequate transit system), people will have quite an inconvenience getting around.

I don't know what to tell ya, PRB, but my gut tells me that 5-level parking podiums and seas of asphalt aren't the right solution

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Old August 28th, 2007, 06:05 PM   #931
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Lot's of great insight, thanks.

The two biggest impediments to achieving the goals discussed above imo are:

1: CDOT, who appear to be under the impression that their no. 1 priority is to move as many cars as quickly as possible through the city. I remember a discussion with them regarding eliminating all remaining parking on Roosevelt (which they appear to be in the process of doing). When it was suggested that they should rather introduce new street parking along the entire stretch from Michigan to the Dan Ryan, they looked at us like we were literally bonkers - absolutely no understanding of the concepts of creating a more walkable streetscape and slowing down traffic in order to improve it.

2: Uninformed residents who hold the mistaken belief that if you build more and more parking that will solve our traffic problems. The only way to combat this is with education. Fellow residents can do this, but more importantly, our planning department and city leaders (Fioretti maybe) should be leading and educating their constituents on what makes a city livable.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #932
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37 Million is Southloop Commercial Real Estate Transactions

08/01/07 Buyer: King Sykes Llc, Seller: Humana Health Plan Inc. 400 E 26th St, Chicago, 60616, $12,418,000

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Old August 28th, 2007, 11:52 PM   #933
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[QUOTE=Loopy;14991212]700 Dearborn Park residents sign petition against [strike]80 story condo[/strike] schoolyard fence.

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They have spoken about these signatures for a year, but have never provided copies of the petition when asked. Shapow is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed to seek an injunction preventing the fence from going up, which got laughed out of court today. He sued Duncan, CPS, the school's principal and Fioretti. The allegations were that the residents in DP II relied on a non fenced park when they purchasd their homes, and CPS' did not meet with them enough to consider their fence objections. Talk about NIMBY's? This enclave and its sister need to be opened up. Forget people complaining about losing a "guaranteed" view -- suing over a fenced versus unfenced park?
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Old August 29th, 2007, 12:00 AM   #934
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McGrath

Some defended her here and others did not, but watch for her column tomorrow in the Journal supporting the radicals in DP II in their anti fence movement.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #935
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Old August 29th, 2007, 09:45 PM   #936
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Just a little background on Bonnie Carol McGrath

From a Chicago Reporter Article
Qualified or not, some judicial candidates are well aware of the name game and say it's important to play. "If that is what voters are responding to, you owe it to yourself to give yourself the most attractive name that you can, especially if you can't get slated by the powers-that-be," said Bonnie Carol McGrath, an attorney, with an office downtown, and a columnist for the Chicago Journal, a weekly covering downtown and the Near West Side.
But just because judicial candidates change their names doesn't mean they're unqualified, said McGrath. "Someone who has changed their name is apt to be as good as somebody who hasn't, and vice versa."
In 1998, McGrath ran as a Republican candidate for a Cook County circuit court judgeship. Under the advice of her election lawyer, former Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Chairman Michael E. LaVelle, McGrath dropped "Carol" and replaced it with "Fitzgerald" even though it was neither part of her name nor that of anyone in her immediate family, she said.
She won the primary but lost in the general election to James Patrick McCarthy.
According to the Chicago Lawyer, by March 1998, LaVelle had advised as many as 15 candidates to change their names to better their chances in judicial elections. LaVelle did not return calls.
In the 2000 Democratic primary, McGrath ran again for a countywide seat, this time with "Carol" as her middle name, dropping "Fitzgerald." She finished second among four candidates with 80,578 votes. Francis Joseph Dolan won the primary with 144,802 votes.
About 36 percent of voters in the 1998 Chicago Bar Association survey said they relied a "great deal" or "some" on a candidate's ethnic background when voting in judicial elections.
One third of voters said they relied a "great deal" or "some" on a candidate's gender, according to the survey.
According to the Reporter's analysis of the past five primary elections, women won six of the eight races in which one male and one female were running for a seat.
McGrath said voters tend to lean toward women because "they are perceived as the honest and straightforward new kids in town" who lack a history of corruption. In 1998, she avoided judicial races against other female candidates.
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[QUOTE=Chicagotom;15060714"If that is what voters are responding to, you owe it to yourself to give yourself the most attractive name that you can, especially if you can't get slated by the powers-that-be," said Bonnie Carol McGrath, an attorney, with an office downtown, and a columnist....[/QUOTE]

Very disturbing and silly at the same time. There is no justification for misleading voters, no matter what the reason. It is especially wrong when she is running for a judgeship, a position that considers the search for the truth to be an unwaivering, unconditional goal.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 07:53 AM   #938
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Old August 30th, 2007, 07:36 PM   #939
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Bonnie "Fitz" McGrath buys the full ticket to Kookdom:

http://www.chicagojournal.com/main.a...69&TM=2595.893

Ya see, it's all a big conspiracy between G.F. Structures and our evil Mayor to create restaurant parking out of Mary Richardson Jones Park, ya see?

How about it? Jones park is the prettiest green space in the entire city?

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Old August 30th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #940
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Bonnie "the Fitz" McGrath

This the Park in Question. Unbelievable that some kid hasn't been hit. With out a fence. I can't imagine that this can even be insured with out one.


As for this NUT JOB McGrath - I take it this is her platform to run for office. What a farce. Sign me up to volunteer to defeat her if she ever runs for anything.
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