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Next Meeting : Thursday June 22 @ 8:30 PM
Currently all meetings are being held at the Billy Goat Tavern on Lower Michigan Ave.


We would like to thank The Urban Politician for bringing the original idea for CBP - Citizens for Better Planning to Skyscraper City on 2/3/2006. Also thanks goes out to everyone that contributed to the original threads.

Original Posts concerning CBP
Original Post
Naming Discussion
Naming Poll
Meeting Thread
Renaming Primary
Renaming Poll #2
Renaming Run Off
Compromise Vote


CBP is open to all citizens of Chicago who would like to take an active role in shaping the city for the future. In the most basic of terms CBP is concerned with development in the city of Chicago. From new construction; including Architectural design, mixed usage, pedestrian orientation of the space and orientation towards public transit usage, to the Intelligent Redevelopment of existing structures. We feel that to much of the city’s space is being wasted on poorly planned structures. If this continues Chicago’s legacy of Architectural greatness could be in jeopardy.

This thread is meant to put information to the members of the forum. It is not meant to be a place to discuss the group’s policies or direction. Anyone has a question for the group please contact me and I will respond as soon as possible. This thread will be updated with the time and location of the next meeting as soon as it is set, the week before the meeting, and finally the day of.

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Thank you all for your time.
 

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Mission Statement/Charter (DRAFT)

Part 1: Our great city:
Past
During the past ten years, the city of Chicago has emerged as a unique metropolis. Continuously reshaping and reinventing itself, Chicago has had a fascinating past. If the right decisions are made, Chicago will have an even brighter future.

All great cities are centers for people, creative ideas, and cultural diversity. Chicago certainly fits this description. Its ability to concentrate these qualities within its boundaries has resulted in success in many fields, including those of finance, corporate services, industry, art, culture, and cuisine. Chicago, unlike some other centers once dependent on manufacturing, has adapted well to the era of the post-industrial American city.

Furthermore, we live in a globalizing world, one in which the boundaries between nations have blurred. Chicago competes and interacts with other cities and nations. On this larger stage, Chicago is well-positioned amongst a short list of great international cities.

For well over a century, insightful leaders have brought Chicago to this position. From the brilliant and innovative minds of early industrialists to the ground-breaking architects and urban planners of Chicago's gilded age who built the world's first skyscraper after the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago was set on a trajectory towards greatness. Pivotal figures, such as Daniel Burnham and his 1909 Plan of Chicago, to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie Style, to the legendary Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and onward have shaped this beautiful city.

Present
Having suffered through deindustrialization, suburbanization and automobile-oriented sprawl, Chicago has found its footing again. After decades of declining ridership, Chicago's public transportation and commuter rail system have garnered renewed interest and have received billions of dollars in upgrades; they are now seeing a rebound in ridership. Many older neighborhoods, once in decline, are now being filled with families who see the value of living in the heart of a vibrant city.

The city's Central Area remains the command center of an emerging international megapolis. Ballooning with new high-rises, Chicago's skyline now arguably ranks among the top 3 skylines in the world. Central Area growth, however, has not been without mistakes. Lackluster, bland concrete towers have been built. Many proclaimed that Chicago had lost its architectural "nerve" or "edge". .

Mistakes in outlying neighborhoods have also been made. Two decades ago, strip malls and auto-dependent big box centers began to pop up all over the city, threatening to tear apart the city's famed urban fabric. Cookie-cutter style townhomes using cheap materials have been built in otherwise attractive communities.

Fortunately, changes in zoning and planning polieies during the past ten years have decreased the number of bad developments. The city has awakened to the problem of the bland high-rise. Several striking new towers planned for the coming years. In the neighborhoods, there is a new awareness of the role of historic preservation and well-designed infill development. We feel these changes are a promising start, but we hope to see more.

Future

Chicago has an increbile opportunity to build in its past success. t is the design of the city—how it appears, works, and functions, that contributes to its ongoing success. We also believe that Chicago is at a key crossroads to either continue down the road created by those early visionaries, or to be left behind by other burgeoning centers in the world. We, as citizens of this great city city, seek to influence its future in a manner that serves our fellow citizens. The future is only as bright or as dim as we ourselves decide.

Part 2: Citizens for Better Planning: Beliefs and principles
Our organization believes in an even higher standard for our city. We support the Central Area Plan, but we are seeking no less than bold and innovative architecture among the newer buildings planned. We are supportive of new high-rise and mid-rise buildings in an expanded downtown. We support the expansion of the downtown office community into the West Loop.

We support the planning for residential high-rises in appropriate locations. These larger residential buildings bring us vitality, economic efficiency and tax revenue. We acknowledge their value to our city.

Each high-rise building, whether office or residential, should have both an attractive skyline presence and a ground-level design that contributes to vibrant street life. Each structure can play a role in helping to create an active, 24-hour "plugged in" city center.

Whether in the Central Area or in the city's neighborhoods, all structures should built with quality materials and an attention to design detail at least parallel to the construction practices of the prewar era, Although the bar has been raised, we feel the city needs to scrutinize newer developments even further to help accomplish these goals. We support measures in the Zoning Ordinance and Building Code that result in improvement in neighborhood architecture. We advocate low-rise neighborhood construction that improves the pedestrian experience and enhances the streetscape.

We also recognize the need for the preservation of worthy historic buildings and acknowledge the role of zoning and landmarking in the protection of the character of our neighborhoods.

We believe in the creation of a pedestrian-oriented city that fosters social interaction and enhanced neighborhood life. Critical to this goal is increasing both the vitality of the streetscape and the availability of transit. We acknowledge that Chciago has a more extensive transit system than does the average American city. However, Chicago pales in comparison to major international cities in its attempts to improve access to the

Chicago has untapped potential. Chicago has a large yet relatively underutilized transit system that earlier generations have built. We must improve the effectiveness of this system while enhancing the development that surrounds transit nodes.

We advocate higher density mixed-use development near all of its CTA and Metra train stations, and along major bus routes. This practice, known commonly as Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) is intended to enhance the economic, social, environmental and recreational functions of our city..

To fail to bring larger numbers of people closer to transit creates a cycle of automobile-dependence in our city which ultimately threatens one of the qualities that makes our city great: its ability to concentrate people and resources. Automobiles by their very nature tend to disperse people and isolate them.

We believe that our city can strenghen its economic position and enhance the quality of life for citizens by improving our transit system. By failing to create transit access to a large number of Chicagoans, the city forces many of its citizens to own and drive automobiles. This problem is further exacerbated by excessively large off-street parking requirements that the city now places on many new developments; by doing this, Chicago is essentially laying out the red carpet to drivers, once again undermining its own transit system.

Let us re-energize our city and prepare it for the next step in its evolution towards even greater things. Let us build upon its greatest strengths—its neighborhoods, its increasingly vibrant central area, its tradition as an architectural innovator, and its ability to concentrate people and resources—and let's get started today. Come show your support for the right kind of development in Chicago.
 

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Hello to all forum readers who are on the fence about joining the new group. Please stop by for a cold bottle of beer on Thursday.

Participation in the group can be as much or as little as you wish. Together, we can encourage the approval of some great new high-rises.

For example, without our voice, a couple of 800-plus footers might get chopped down in size along the area between Balbo and Central Station. We can fill you in at the meeting about these potential projects. You can be play a role in getting them built simply by joining Citizens for Better Planning.

If the neighborhoods are your area of interest, you can help encourage high-quality infill, TOD and other priniciples. Or maybe you'd just like to hang out with some like-minded Chicago-lovers.

Either way, see you at the Billy Goat on Thursday!
 

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Here is tonights Agenda for CBP. It is open to all that want to participate, and how much you do is up to you. Just come and listen, or be on the front lines, choose your own adventure. Everyone's input is valuable, and want as many different parts of the city represented as possible. The CBP is not about any one neighborhood, but the City of Chicago as a whole.

If you have any questions about the agenda, attending the meeting, or on the CBP in general please PM me or E-mail me. Please do not post in this thread as it is for information purposes.

See you all tonight!

PS: To anyone that is interested, I'll probably be there early 7:30 - 8:00 or so, so stop by if you want!

AGENDA

Citizens for Better Planning

General membership meeting

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 8:30 PM

Billy Goat Tavern



1. Opening remarks

2. Approval of minutes of April meeting

3. Old business

4. Agenda items--
Select website name, general website features, and website designer
Identify of website designer
Discuss logo and letterhead design
Discuss establishment of group Email account for general membership
Determine Board Member dues

5. Committee Reports
Website-------qwerty1234
Bylaws--------NearNorthGuy
Intelligence----BVictor1
Policy---------Chicago103
Advocacy-----Chicago Shawn
Membership---Headcase
Graphic Art----STR

6. New business
Create first draft of by-laws
Designate ad-hoc "Non-profit Certification" Committee, i.e., for securing 501c(3) status
Create two-page mission statement
Secure ownership of website name
Establish group Email account for general membership
Select the persons who will be the Preliminary (Acting) Officers
Acting President---Spokesperson, leader, sits on all Committees
Acting Vice President---Spokesperson, leader, sits on all Committees
Acting Secretary---Creates minutes to meetings; Creates outgoing hard-copy letters
Acting Treasurer---Collects, deposits, disburses, and monitors monies

7. Adjournment
 

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holy shit...im doing a parlimentary speech in speech lol wow i never thought id use it and it was retarded but i guess i should pay attention now..
 

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Citizens for Better Planning
General membership meeting
Thursday, May 25, 2006, 8:30 PM
Billy Goat Tavern

(Agenda will be posted a few days before the meeting.)


Join our new organization and and help to advocate for great new buildings in our Central Area, better development in our neighborhoods, and improved transit throughout our city. Have a cold drink at the Billy Goat in the process.

All are welcome!

PS. I would appreciate it if everyone that has posted above would remove your posts. I will respond to each of you via PM, but I would really like this thread to be used to put out info on the upcoming meetings.

Thanks for your interest.
 

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Citizens for Better Planning
General membership meeting
Thursday, May 25, 2006, 8:30 PM
Billy Goat Tavern
430 Lower N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Join our new organization and and help to advocate for great new buildings in our Central Area, better development in our neighborhoods, and improved transit throughout our city.

The tentative agenda items :

Discuss logo and letterhead design
Refine mission statement
Discuss establishment of group Email account for general membership
Determine Board Member dues
Discuss projects to support

In attempt to better figure out what the members want to try to accomplish, we would request that everyone that attends writes a couple sentences on what there vision of the CBP is.

All are welcome!

Thanks for your interest.
 

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whenever you guys get a logo together i think it would be cool if t-shirts were made
and people that cant go to the meetings right now could atleast support the cause
by buying them, i like the spyguy logo, good idea.
 

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Citizens for Better Planning
General membership meeting
Thursday, June 8, 2006, 8:30 PM
Billy Goat Tavern
430 Lower N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Join our new organization and and help to advocate for great new buildings in our Central Area, better development in our neighborhoods, and improved transit throughout our city.

Agenda Items
1) Discussion of logo designs (current designs, new designs, modifications, and implementations)
2) Website content and design
3) Discussion of officer positions (Recommendations, Nominations)
4) Membership structure
5) Updates on current/future projects to look at working on.


All are welcome!

Thanks for your interest.
 

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Citizens for Better Planning
General membership meeting
Thursday, June 22, 2006, 8:30 PM
Billy Goat Tavern
430 Lower N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Join our new organization and and help to advocate for great new buildings in our Central Area, better development in our neighborhoods, and improved transit throughout our city.

The tentative agenda items :

Approval of CBP mission statement.
18th and Prairie update
Discussion of group expenses

All are welcome!

Thanks for your interest.
 

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Wow, it's been a while since I've seen this thread. Anyway, the CBP group is a great bunch of guys who meet at the Billy Goat just about every other Thursday. I have been to some of the meetings and learned a lot about buildings and development in the process...and learned about beer also.
 
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