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Added Jan 29 2013

Colonel J.N. Pritzker, one of Chicago’s wealthiest, most influential residents, is a historic preservationist and a bicycle advocate. As an heir to the Pritzker family fortune and longtime Rogers Park resident, the billionaire has used his money in creative ways to help revitalize the community.

So I’m puzzled why Pritzker’s company wants to tear down an attractive, historic house, a stone’s throw from the beach in Rogers Park, and replace it with a parking structure for 250 automobiles. The garage would largely serve Bach House visitors and residents at Farcroft by the Lake, a twelve-story tower at 1337 West Fargo, built in 1928, which Tawani is currently renovating into eighty-four upscale rental units. Both buildings are located only a few minutes walk from the CTA Red Line’s Jarvis Station. Eighty-four spaces would be set aside for short- and long-term paid parking for the general public.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    The non-historic building is in serious disrepair. The new construction's footprint will be similar to that of existing adjacent structures. This 49th Ward project is microscopic compared to what is in the OPr's backyard - the NEIU mega-complex down in the 39th Ward. We in Rogers Park appreciate receiving attention from those in North Park. Thanks.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Your welcome. Both the 49th Ward Rogers Park and the 39th Ward North Park suffer from the same problem. There are just too many cars, too many people living in the same residence, all owning cars.

    A garage will only encourage more car ownership, not help solve the parking problem. Eliminate the cars and the parking opens up.

    Triple the cost of a city stickers for the 2nd or more cars at the same address.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    This is beginning to sound a little like a moral issue: cars are bad; bikes are good. Let's legislate against and tax morally bad things. Libertarians oppose legislative intrusion into fundamental freedoms e.g. gun ownership but don't mind legislating against moral wrongs e.g. automobile ownership and womens' rights. Rogers Park, on the other hand, is a pretty tolerant place and leans in the direction of laissez faire. Are there some 39th Ward innovations that the 49th Ward might consider? Our ears are open. I assume that those acres of parking lots at NEIU aren't among them.

  • I think i get it. If enough of my neighbors get rid of their cars, there will be more parking for me and my other neighbors.

    I don't seem to have many neighbors with more than one car, so getting a good amount to give up their sole ride may be difficult. Maybe a preference for Prius owners and other more advanced, enlightened residents. We can then clear the roads of older, uglier vehicles.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Bumper Sticker on a Lexus SUV: "Honk If You Like Bicyclists & Pedestrians"
    Bumper Sticker on Pritzker's Limo: "My Other Car Is A Private Jet"

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Don't we have enough Rogers Parkers fighting over this project? Do we really need outside advice? And ANOTHER parking thread to boot!!!

  • Bruce_ because it was mistakenly posted to the wrong thre

    yes

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    never too many parking or crime threads...

    what's that saying about dead horses?

  • You can't park a dead horse?

    You can't eat a dead horse? no, thats for the Burger King post.

  • CJ in 60640 Upstanding citizen

    The original post has a lot more detail. Also, the two paragraphs here are pasted without attribution. I'm sure that was just an oversight, but readers may be interested in the full article.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Mea culpa. I did forgot to include the original link. I posted it later in some of the other threads and then forgot to post it back here, and it was too late to edit my original post.

  • CJ in 60640 Upstanding citizen

    Yeah that's what I figured, no worries -- I love Streetsblog / Grid Chicago even though I disagree with them a lot of the time. So it's exciting when they cover Rogers Park.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    There's a dead horse under my computer. Will somebody please come dispose of it?

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Call 911 or the Alderman's office. Simply complaining on EB won't get rid of it. Didn't you hear it break into the house? Are you sure it's dead or just taking a nap? Is it wearing tags? If it has a microchip any local vet might be able to find its owner. Post flyers around the neighborhood or go to Chicago Lost Horse Network online. Good luck getting rid of it. They are messier than cats.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I think you need a permit for that.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    I need a permit for getting rid of a dead horse??? Only in Chicago.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Yep. I think you need a permit to sneeze too. I'm pretty sure there's some crazy ordinance... So, everyone can go crazy over the ordinances for this project that seems to be a done deal yet everyone still wants to argue about it. For clarity, I'm still on the fence--about the parking garage that is. Not the dead horse.

  • John Versical all around nice guy

    Unfortunately I believe there might be a permit requirement for being on the fence as well, Dee. Fences are dangerous to sit on, require regular inspection and well regulated maintenance to ensure everyone's safety.

  • My only concern with the parking ramp is that parking structures like this, with no mixed use included, really tend to become dead zones. There's nothing there for people, just cars.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Will there be indoor, protected, bicycle parking available?

  • Patsy W.

    Indoor, protected bicycle parking was expressed as being part of the plan at the public meeting along with electric car charging bays.

  • CPDGreenleafLover police enthusiast, responsible citizen

    How's everything going over there in North Park, Bob?

  • Patsy W.

    We have some nice, brand new and well lighted bike racks at the Morse Red Line station that are covered from the weather. More bike-friendly than Morse it doesn't get.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Ahh, thanks John V, my ars was getting quite sore anyway. To be clear, I was just inspecting it for height, material and plat lines...

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Dee, just for clarity, there's an "e" on arse. Wouldn't want anyone wondering where your ars is.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I was having a conservative moment. :)

  • Gnorth

    The "E" is silent like the "G" in my first gname.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    But without the "e" the "s" is pronounced differently, more like a "z." I don't think Dee has an arz, but if she does, I want one.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Ars (alt. arz) is the incorrect spelling of "R"s (plural) as in "She is skilled in rolling her "R"s." Not to be confused with "She is skilled in rolling her arse."

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I'm sure Bob is happy that this thread has been reduced to a discussion about my "arse". I'm working on rolling it.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Do we care what a North Park resident (wherever that is) thinks?

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Anybody behind a $1million bridge for bicycles can't be all bad.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    North Park is Southwest of this Southerner.

    I thought the bridge was for pedestrians ;)

    Ok, back to rolling my arse...

  • Bruce_ because it was mistakenly posted to the wrong thre

    Bridge does not require a zonning change

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Pedestrians will be able to use the bridge. The elite bicycle-lobby group is required by law to share it with pedestrians. Hey, if there is a $1million bridge around you can bet your boots I will walk on it. I suggest it be named the Kastigar-Walker-Biker (or walking?) bridge.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    What bridge?

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