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Old December 20th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #221
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CPS Considers Closing Dozens Of Schools
Buildings Underutilized Because Of Declining Enrollment


http://cbs2chicago.com/local/chicago....2.614589.html


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The bad news is that enrollment in elementary schools is down by 41,000 students, which means as many as 60 schools may have to be closed over the next five years.
Maybe the census has got it right this time about Chicago's declining population. Gentrification in the near west and near south sides have caused a significant drop in school enrollment. Even with increasing enrollment in the Southwest and Northwest sides, overall the CPS is down by a whopping 41,000
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The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
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Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...ragments*.html

But north of the gulf, the first inhabitants are Greeks called Epirotes....
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Old December 21st, 2007, 07:22 AM   #222
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What to do with historic school buildings? These provide beautiful architecture to neighborhoods that are filled with only 2 or 3 building types.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 05:21 PM   #223
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I agree, they're really community anchors.

Convert them into something, I suppose. Condos, office space (if possible), community centers since they probably have gyms and auditoriums.
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This is bad, what happens to all the families that live in those areas with kids? Despite what most people think, Chicago neighborhoods still have quite a few families. So instead of downsizing the schools, they're just going to close them? Seems like pushing families out of the area would be a really bad thing for those neighborhoods.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:19 AM   #225
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Families are for sissies
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:23 AM   #226
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This is bad, what happens to all the families that live in those areas with kids? Despite what most people think, Chicago neighborhoods still have quite a few families. So instead of downsizing the schools, they're just going to close them? Seems like pushing families out of the area would be a really bad thing for those neighborhoods.
CPS spends plenty of time analyzing growth patterns and whether children in an area will increase or decrease.

The schools that are being closed are those in neighborhoods where relatively few kids attend, and that small number doesn't justify the maintenance of a huge school building. The article says that 147 schools in the city use only half or less of their building. Coming out of a crowded suburban school system, I can't imagine a 4-story school where the top two floors simply aren't used. It must be really eerie...
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:38 PM   #227
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Designation sensation: Council landmarks five buildings, two districts

Structures include a Coast Guuard building, field house, railroad bridges, and bank

The City Council today designated a number of buildings, structures and districts as Chicago Landmarks, including a series of railroad bridges, an historic firehouse, an old Coast Guard station and a North Side residential area.

"This wide variety of historic structures designated as landmarks today demonstrate how Chicago’s history is shaped in myriad ways, and is reflected in the buildings we cherish," said Mayor Richard M. Daley.

ENGINE COMPANY 42
The three-story structure located at 228 W. Illinois St. was built in 1887 and for more than 80 years served the factories, warehouses, and working-class residences that surrounded Chicago's downtown. Engine Company 42 was designed in the tradition of Chicago's earliest firehouses; simple, functional, and able to accommodate horse-drawn equipment.

DOVER STREET DISTRICT
Situated on wide lots along the 4500, 4600 and 4700 blocks of north Dover Street and the 4700 block of north Beacon Street, the District features large single-family homes, two or two-and-a-half stories tall, of high quality, finely crafted in the Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, Second Empire, and Foursquare styles. The District reflects the history and development of the Sheridan Park neighborhood and the importance of middle-class residences in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

HISTORIC CHICAGO RAILROAD BRIDGES
The 12 historic Chicago railroad bridges singled out are a familiar part of the city's skyline and are among the most visible expressions of the importance of the railroads to the development and growth of Chicago. They are as follows: St. Charles Air Line Bridge at 16th and Lumber Streets; Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Bridges at the Skyway and 98th Street; Chicago & Western Indiana Bridge at 126th and Torrence Avenue; Chicago & Alton Bridge at Ashland and Archer Avenues; Illinois Central Swing Bridge at the Stevenson Expressway and Kedzie Avenue; Pennsylvania "Eight Track" Bridge at 31st Street and Pulaski Road; Pennsylvania Bridge at 19th and Lumber Streets; Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Bridge at Cherry Street and North Avenue; Chicago & Northwestern Bridge at Kinzie and Canal Streets

OLD COAST GUARD STATION
Located east of Lake Shore Drive and south of Navy Pier, it sits atop a breakwater that forms part of the Chicago River Turning Basin and is next to locks that separate Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Built in 1936 and originally named the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station, it is now known as the Chicago Marine Safety Station. The building itself exemplifies a long tradition of United States maritime ACape [email protected] architecture common on the East Coast and throughout the Great lakes region, but rare in Chicago.

ROANOKE BUILDING AND TOWER
At 11 S. LaSalle St., the Roanoke Building and Tower was designed in stages between 1915 and 1925 by noted architects Holabird & Roche and Andrew Rebori. The building's terra cotta ornamentation is derived from unusual Portuguese Gothic precedents.

CONTINENTAL AND COMMERICAL NATIONAL BANK BUILDING
Built in 1914, the building a 208 S. LaSalle St., is a fine Classical Revival-style bank and office building designed by the renowned firm of D.H. Burnham & Co. It exemplifies the historic importance of LaSalle Street as Chicago’s premier historic street for finance, trade and commerce.

VESEMAN BUILDING
Located at 444 N. LaSalle St., the Veseman Building is an unusually colorful and finely detailed terra cotta-clad building designed in a sophisticated version of the Art Deco style and, as such, is an exceptional example of small-scale Chicago commercial architecture. Terra cotta glazes in pastel hues are used extensively throughout the building to highlight Art Deco ornament.

In a separate action, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks recommended that the City Council consider the designation of two other buildings.


THIRD UNITARIAN CHURCH
Built in 1936, at 301 N. Mayfield Ave., the church's design and construction is reflective of its time and the financial limits that gripped much of the national which was in the midst of the Great Depression. The original structure consists of a rectangular auditorium with an attached two-story office. The form of the building is modern but the auditorium reflects a traditional church plan arranged along a single axis.

HUMBOLDT PARK RECEPTORY BUILDING
The Receptory Building and Stable is located at 3015 W. Division St., on the city=s Near Northwest Side, and is one of the oldest surviving structures in Humboldt Park. It is currently occupied by the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Built in 1895, the two-story structure was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Frommann and Jebsen.

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Old December 24th, 2007, 06:26 PM   #228
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Good move by the city council........for a change.....
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The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...assus/1B*.html

Macedonia, of course, is a part of Greece". Strabo, VII, Frg. 9
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/...ragments*.html

But north of the gulf, the first inhabitants are Greeks called Epirotes....
Procopius
http://books.google.com/books?id=9m6...page&q&f=false
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Old December 31st, 2007, 11:22 PM   #229
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From the Tribune

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VERY interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Old January 1st, 2008, 08:19 PM   #231
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Chicago continues to be a beacon for the world's poor & desperate

Far North Side schools struggle to cope as Chicago gets more refugees
Elementaries on Chicago's Far North Side are struggling to cope with an unexpected increase in children from war-torn areas
By Stephanie Banchero | Tribune staff reporter
January 1, 2008
In a cramped grade school classroom on the city's Far North Side, refugees from 17 countries stutter and stumble their way through a lesson on a weather pattern that is totally foreign to most of them: "It's cold outside. It's snowing."

Downstairs, a group of 6th graders from war-torn counties such as Burundi and Myanmar gather around a kidney-shaped table as the teacher slowly guides them through a 2nd-grade-level book. "Clippity-clop. Clippity-clop," they read together.

And in a hallway on the first floor, a 5-year-old refugee from Somalia clutches his teacher's hand with such ferocity that the teacher's knuckles turn white. Since he arrived in September, the slender and withdrawn child has been afraid to leave his teacher's side, even when she goes to the bathroom.

Swift Elementary and a handful of other nearby schools unexpectedly received dozens of refugees at the beginning of the school year, after federal officials issued a waiver to a section of the Patriot Act, allowing more refugees into the U.S.

These schools are accustomed to taking in refugees, but rarely have they seen so many arrive at once.

Between July and September, about 1,200 immigrants fleeing war-ravaged nations arrived in Illinois, as many as came during all of the previous fiscal year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. Many of them fled the strife in Burundi and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

The vast majority of the refugee families settled on Chicago's Far North Side, long a gateway area for immigrants. For the most part, school-age children enroll in a half-dozen Chicago public schools in the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,5443037.story
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Old January 6th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #232
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Hopefully, the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau will take notice of this and spend more money to market Chicago to the world.

Chicago's cheap and they like it


Overseas tourists make most of weak dollar, give area economy healthy lift

By Kathy Bergen | Tribune staff reporter
January 6, 2008

Overseas visitors spend an average of $4,000 per trip when visiting the U.S., more than five times the amount spent by visitors from Canada and Mexico," said a spokeswoman for the Travel Industry Association, citing data from Oxford Economics.

Asked how much she would be spending on her Chicago shopping spree, Perez laughed and said, "I don't want to think about it. I will spend all my savings."


http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel...,0,31168.story
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Old January 11th, 2008, 06:32 AM   #233
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Want an example of brilliantly crafted and effective anti-NIMBY activity at work? Want to see somebody who knows what he's doing and knows how to do it right? Want to see somebody who has effectively turned the tide in favor of density in his neighborhood, has caught the attention of many neighbors, and has managed to influence his Alderman? Read this one posting below titled "53rd st Visioning Results", and let this be an inspiration for other people out there:

http://hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com...g-results.html

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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:44 PM   #234
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ArcSpace has a great new write-up on the Reliance Building:

.....Originally designed by Burnham and Root in 1891 and finished after Root’s death by Charles Atwood of D.H. Burnham and Company in 1896, the Reliance Building is one of the most important early skyscrapers in America.....

http://www.*************/travel/burnham/brunham.html
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Old January 17th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #235
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NY Times article related to Chicago

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/ga...=1&oref=slogin
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Old January 18th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #236
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nice find. Driehaus is one of my heros, mainly for business, and I love his enthusiasm for historical preservation. The 2 mansions he owns in River North are insane. I cant wait until that mueseum opens across from his office.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #237
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Dont forget to get your lottery tickets this week. jackpot up to 270 million Friday. Thats enough for a nice 4 bedroom condo in the Spire, Waterview, and Trump.

http://www.illinoislottery.com/numbers.asp
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 09:57 AM   #238
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Our architecture critic evaluates Trump's new restaurant
By design: Sweet Sixteen dining


By Blair Kamin | Tribune architecture critic
March 1, 2008


Chicago architect Joe Valerio, who designed the new, up-in-the-sky restaurant in Donald Trump's still-growing 92-story tower, likes to say it is a community space for everyone who can afford the price of a Coke at the bar. Well, a Coke at Donald Trump's bar will set you back $4.50, which tells you that this is a community space not for average Joes but for people in high tax brackets or star-struck types who will shell out big for a remote chance to get an in-person glimpse of The Donald.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,4376277.story
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 03:32 AM   #239
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$4.50 for a Coke! wow....
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:56 AM   #240
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Does it have free refills? If it does then it really doesn't seem that expensive.
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