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Traffic signal considered for Devon & LeMai intersection in Edgebrook

Alderman O'Connor and Laurino discuss ward issues at Edgebrook Community Association meeting
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/16/aldermen-give-state-of-ward-speeches/

  • Here is a plan for Devon and Caldwell:

    Here is an idea I presented to Governor Quinn under the Recovery Act but never got a reply. Maybe you can research it up and present it on your blog.

    Once upon a time the train station was located east of Central...

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    Here is a plan for Devon and Caldwell:

    Here is an idea I presented to Governor Quinn under the Recovery Act but never got a reply. Maybe you can research it up and present it on your blog.

    Once upon a time the train station was located east of Central on the south side of the tracks (across from Old Edgebrook, there is still an old sidewalk there if you look close) where a picnic grove is now. I doubt any one alive today knows why it was moved to its present location north of Devon where every time a train stops it completely snarls traffic in downtown Edgebrook. My idea is to move the train station back to its original location so when trains stop the train would be completely on the tracks east of Central and as such the gates would not have to be down while loading and unloading.

    The tricky part to this is that land would have to confiscated from the FPDCC. I’m talking about the land at the southeast corner of Central and Caldwell, the entire parcel east of Central, south of Caldwell, west of the golf course, north of the tracks. A new train station would be built with sorely needed parking. It would also create a safer pedestrian environment for train passengers to exit and enter the train interface. Considering what a daily nightmare traffic congestion is in downtown Edgebrook because of the train stopping the argument would be that this is using public land for the public good and the FPDCC is never going to use this obscure parcel for anything any way because of its location.

    I know, lots of politics involved, where would the funding be found during a failing economy with governments going broke would mean a very, very, very long row to hoe, but like the saying goes: “Make no small plans”. Worth a shot on your blog to get some attention. What I would like out of this project is a Veteran’s memorial incorporated into the mix

    Dennis

  • Finally, a suggestion from someone which makes sense. ANY change to the frustrating traffic melee caused by any train stopping at the Edgebrook Station would be welcome.

    Dennis, my wife and I hope that your suggestion at least sparks some interest in the minds of the powers-to-be to look at a so obvious traffic problem that needs to be addressed.

    In the present state, traffic will only get worse! I have seen traffic back-ups east of the tracks to Le Mai street.

    Thanks for your suggestion

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Edgebrook Starbucks is temporarily closed

Okay, so the Starbucks on Devon at Central is temprarily closed "for improvements." The sign says they will reopen as soon as possible. I sure hope so, it's my favorite Starbucks.

  • Health inspections are listed on Everyblock and that location passed inspection.

  • Jen Portage Park resident

    They're probably just redecorating. The Starbucks on Peterson was redone last year, and they're working their way thru the city.

3 days ago

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Going rate for house/dog sitter?

I'd like to have someone house/dog sit for us for a week. The dog is super low maintenance - she just needs to be fed once a day and let out a couple of times during the day (into the back yard). The person would also need to sleep at our house . I am thinking of asking a friend to do it, but I want to know what the fair compensation for such a request might be?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    I know someone who does this for a living, she charged me $50 a night, my dog is very hard to walk and I knew she would be able to handle him. It was kind of last minute that I needed her and I can't remember if she gave me a discount because we are acquainted.

  • If you were going with a friend I would say 30 per night and 15 per each additional visit that they let the dog out separate from spending the night. By the description and it being a friend $200 would seem far to me. I pay a neighbor-girl the same price it would cost us to board our dog.... the peace of mind he's at home and I know the funds are going to a friend.

  • efs6220 business manager

    I think 250.00 for a week would be fair. Just make sure they are compatible and compassionate with your dog. If not your dog will be very unhappy!

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Mar 27

Updated 44 hours ago

In need of vet recommendation

Really need your assistance neighbors, anyone have any good recommendations for vets? In our area or burbs, just need the best vet. Closer obviously better but willing to travel any distance. Let me know and thank you in advance

  • Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I...

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    Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I work as a physician assistant and although I am no vet I have a good understanding and can figure out pretty easy when a vet is being a bit aggressive with tests/meds ect. I also did not like the roaming dog at TLC. It's one thing to have a loose pet in a vets office,....it's another thing when that pet invades your space and makes you uncomfortable when you are trying to comfort your sick pet.

  • Mayfair animal clinic is amazing, all the vets, all the staff A+++++++++++++++. The price is reasonable too!

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Oct 21 2011

Updated 6 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

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Apr 12

Water main break

Was just curious, how many people have had water main breaks near them in the last year? I'd say within 2 or 3 blocks? If so then where? And how about people who took in water to the basements?

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Updated Apr 10

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    When you vote for a candidate who takes Tea Party money, this is what you get

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    All just a coincidence...now, go back to sleep until it is time to vote. You will be awakened at that time. Thank you. The Management.

  • JKC Sauganash

    A really dumb article. Layering hypothetical upon hypothetical to come up with a possible scenario where Marriott might make some money on a deal that in all probability would not budge its stock price one bit, and certainly would be immaterial to Citadel's results. If there were in fact any insider trading you can be absolutely certain that the SEC would be on it in a millisecond. A waste of our time.

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Apr 06

Updated Apr 09

Best burger and hotdog in the ward

Burgers and hotdogs are as Chicago as apple pie is American. So where is the best burger and hotdog place in the area?

  • I am in love with Phil's last stand (Ukrainian village ) for char dog and polishes...& Leadbelly on Irving Park for big burgers.

  • Try Ivy's 5419 W. Devon ave. Call in your order 773-775-2545 they'll have your order ready for pick-up or sit down and eat. They have the best Hot Dawgs around if your not in the mood for that hot dawg at the moment try there delicious Chicken Teriyaki with Sweet Potato Fries my favorite! Yummmm!
    Ciao! :)

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Updated Apr 07

Blaze-N-Grill

I haven't been yet, but amazing what the site of minivans and work trucks (with ladders) parked at your eating establishment can do for you. For me, anyway, at least. Now I want to stop in and give it a try: http://www.blazengrill.com/

That's a pro-tip to any new fast food place: have all buddies with work trucks w/ladders park in your lot during rush hour.

  • Cherylann Neighborhood Watch

    I've been there on several occasions and every time I do get the Italian Beef. Have you ever had the Italian Beef from Gumba Joe's in Park Ridge? If you have you will know what I am talking about. It is about one of the best beefs I have had...

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    I've been there on several occasions and every time I do get the Italian Beef. Have you ever had the Italian Beef from Gumba Joe's in Park Ridge? If you have you will know what I am talking about. It is about one of the best beefs I have had in a very long time. It has a certain flavor that I just crave. I am happy they have opened, now I don't have to travel as far to get my beef when I get the craving. My friend has had the chicken platter and the chicken sandwich and both were huge amounts of food that he couldn't even finish. I took my boss there for a beef and he too liked it. It is not at all rubbery, it kind of melts in your mouth, there is no fat or gristle at all. And it doesn't have that taste of cinnamon like at Al's Beef and others. Now I need to go and try the burgers, however with Leadbelly opening tomorrow I doubt I'll be doing that anytime soon. I have NO complaints about Blaze-N-Grill at all, service was prompt and friendly, food very good and generous.

  • Yeah I don't like cinnamon in Italian beef or chili.

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Apr 06

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    PERMIT NUMBER: 100525169CHANGE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR TO BOLIN ELECTRICAL SERVICE CO.SWITCH PERMIT OVER TO NEW CONTRACTOR.

    6223 N. Lenox Ave. Issued April 4, 2014 Comment

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Mar 29

Updated Apr 01

Area traffic problems, please weigh in

Neighbors, looking over EB ive seen some articles about the various ideas for the road diet on milwaukee, ive seen articles on accidents involving vehicles with other vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians. So I'd like to get your views on a specific question and longtime residents please chime in to. What are your thoughts on roads with 1 lane in each direction vs 2 lanes in each direction? Does it matter if each direction has 1 or 2 lanes? does that in itself impact safety? and please dont turn it into a political debate, asking for your views and experiences for my own curiosity

  • Ryan Richter Young family in Jefferson Park

    Jimmy Mac, I was not aware that the transponders that change control the lights are not allowed in city ambulances. Since I know this is not the case in many suburbs, I am guessing that this is a city, rather than state, law.

    Regarding buses, there are ways to make...

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    Jimmy Mac, I was not aware that the transponders that change control the lights are not allowed in city ambulances. Since I know this is not the case in many suburbs, I am guessing that this is a city, rather than state, law.

    Regarding buses, there are ways to make buses more predictable and CTA has implemented some of these solutions already. One is to place the bus stop on the far side (or just past) the intersection. This allows the bus to travel through the intersection before stopping. Another is to reduce the number of stops - from having a stop every block to having one every two blocks, for example. Another is to have express type services that only stop at every four blocks (major intersections) like the CTA used to have on Irving Park Road. And, finally to make buses most efficient typically requires a dedicated lane of travel, off bus ticketing, and traffic synchronization. The term for this type of service is called bus rapid transit, and this type of service is typically only appropriate on roads that have at least 4-5 lanes.

    Regarding synchronization itself and whether it is monitored, it really depends on the type of equipment that powers the stop light. I am not a traffic engineer so this is a bit out of my area of expertise, but I have worked for a county level department of transportation in my career that was implementing synchronized traffic signals that were connected by fiber optic cables and could be controlled from a central location (kind of like in the movie, The Italian Job). It's probably not cost effective to have this at every stoplight but I bet virtually every downtown stoplight is controlled similarly.

  • Jimmy Mac of Forest Glen Forest Glen resident

    Ryan Ricter,

    Thanks for the clarification regarding steps taken to improve flow of bus traffic. The one variable that can not be determined with any degree of accuracy is the level of usage and stops entailed that is in a constant state of flux. Thanks too for insight into synchronizing...

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    Ryan Ricter,

    Thanks for the clarification regarding steps taken to improve flow of bus traffic. The one variable that can not be determined with any degree of accuracy is the level of usage and stops entailed that is in a constant state of flux. Thanks too for insight into synchronizing of traffic signals.

    As concerns transponders, yeah suburbs use those. This is apparently not a state law. I'm not sure though if is a city ordinance applicable to all ambulance companies or just a CFD departmental regulation. Since I know 2l paramedic on the CFD and w more with private companies, I ask for a clarification regarding current law and policy and report back. There will be a get together in about two weeks (my B-day) and there will be 3-4 paramedics present. I'll be sure to ask.

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Mar 29

Updated Apr 01

6 corners businesses

everyone, what do you think has been the big problem stopping business growth at 6 corners specifically the one block stretch of milwaukee? I dont think it is any one thing. We have all seen lots of businesses come in over the years there but with rare exception none seem to last long. thoughts?

  • Bill the Engineer NW Side Born & Raised

    The point is Harry, it's helpful to know where you've been before you can chart a course forward.

  • In my opinion there is a lack of consumer with disposable income in that area. Local residents do not support the local businesses. Sure certain businesses will see activity, but anything eclectic or trendy will not make it as ling as the demographics remain the way they are.

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Mar 26

Updated Mar 29

Where is your favorite rib place?

Where is everyones favorite place to get ribs? do you go to a spot in the ward or outside?

Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

Sandblast and Powder Coating Metal Furniture?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a place that would clean the rust and old paint off of metal furniture (4 chairs, iron bed) and powder coat them? Thank you

Mar 20

Updated Mar 29

KIng Pho

Great pho at King Pho. www.kingphorestaurant.com We went last week on a weeknight and just missed the dinner rush. I was afraid that the broth would be salty, but no. The broth is deep and flavorful. I've been to most of the legit Pho places in town and even in the burbs, and this broth is legit. Curious if anyone else has tried King Pho and what they thought. We'll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.

The only minor ding was slow service. I'm sure they'll figure this out in time. Pls. try them out.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Personally I'd never order pho to be delivered. I'd take home left overs but not take out.

    Call me a purist.

  • dat pho sure.

Mar 29

Updated Mar 29

Community Services

Avondale, between Lawrence and Laverne needs some serious clean-up. Branches from the trees and bushes growing on the railroad embankment are blocking much of the right lane. There's no room for 2 cars to pass without the northbound cars being scraped up by the branches. I don't know who's responsible for the maintenance (railroad or city), but maybe our alderman get something done.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    The ward office phone number is 773-286-4545

    4754 N. Milwaukee Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60630
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    email is:

    ward45@cityofchicago.org

    Personally I like to stop in and make my issues known. I like talking up the folks who work there. They're friendly and helpful. I always also make a point of asking what the biggest ward horror story of the week is too. It's surprising what happens here in the Ward.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 28

Petsmart in 45?

I glanced over something on EB a few days ago and cant find it again, i believe someone mentioned a Petsmart opening up in the ward? is this true? anyone have info on that?

  • thats where i go now, the one in village crossing. have for years but if one in the neighborhood especially there, it would be amazingly better in so many ways for my family. not a necessity obviously but would be nice

  • They are also opening a new Petco at Peterson and Western

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