50 min ago

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you from the 48 unit apartment building at the end of you block. How will you feel laying out to get some sun, or your kids playing in the splash pool? Never going to happen on your block, maybe not, but would you wish that on anybody? John Arena loves density, and if there is an empty lot or tired old commercial building, a closed church nearby, you are extremely vulnerable. Our old alderman's "spot zoning" was bad enough, but Arena is bad up-zoning on steroids. Before you vote, ask yourself, COULD YOU BE NEXT?

http://jeffersonparkfreepress.com/eyeballcartoonindex.jpg

Sep 05

Updated 45 hours ago

A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park

While 45th Ward Alderman promises his "Pedestrian Street" designation will limit curb cuts and prevent strip malls, he doesn't clearly define what the trade-off is with such a legal designation as "Pedestrian Street". The trade-off could include efficiency apartments of less than 200 square feet, and with greatly reduced parking requirements that come with the "Pedestrian Street" designation.
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • I know, but he must literally have no life to be posting inside jokes to himself and what I suspect is one or two other neighbors. They should all get together and have a BBQ instead.

  • You amateur Nancy Drews couldn't find your own toes. The Kenji personas are easily identifiable, both in style and content. The Greek of the Glen is a free agent.

3 days ago

St. Constance Summer Camp Back By Popular Demand

Summer camp for 4-12 yr olds from Tuesday, June 16- Friday, August 7, 2015. New location at St. Rosalie Parish 6750 West Montrose Avenue - temporary for 2015 due to renovations at St. Constance. Visit us at http://www.scsummercamp.weebly.com. Weekly field trips, presentations, games, sports, art activities, special lunches, and a lot of fun. Great, experienced staff and excellent supervision. Accepting registrations now!

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    Rauners not the problem its bossman madigan and his cronies rauner good luck yoy are not getting anything out of Springfield nothing will get passed maybe gas will..

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Any Shredding Events Happening Soon?

Spring cleaning and need to get rid of my old papers. Any shredding events in our area coming up?

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    Saint Thecla. Saturday, April 18'th. 10 am to 1 pm. 3 bag or box limit. They also will have electronics recycling.

  • I'll be hosting a shredding/eco fair on May 2 at Wilson Park. More details to come.

5 days ago

Aldermanic candidates discussed proposed Special Service Area for Jefferson Park at business forum

What did 45th Ward aldermanic candidates John Arena and John Garrido say about the creation of a new taxing body in Jefferson Park? The proposed Special Service Area would provide enhanced services to the business community, including stepped up efforts to recruit more stores to the area. Their comments are included in the following story on a business forum held last month before the Feb. 24 election, whose results sparked the upcoming runoff election on April 7. Properties within the...

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What did 45th Ward aldermanic candidates John Arena and John Garrido say about the creation of a new taxing body in Jefferson Park? The proposed Special Service Area would provide enhanced services to the business community, including stepped up efforts to recruit more stores to the area. Their comments are included in the following story on a business forum held last month before the Feb. 24 election, whose results sparked the upcoming runoff election on April 7. Properties within the SSA boundaries, which have not been finalized, would be subject to the new property tax. Currently there are SSAs at Six Corners and in Sauganash and the Belmont-Central business district and other areas throughout the city. http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/03/45th-ward-aldermanic-candidates-discuss-business-development-at-feb-3-chamber-forum/

The Jefferson Park Chamber asks that residents and business owners take the following community needs assessment survey on the SSA proposal: http://www.jeffersonpark.net/blog/1984/take-our-community-needs-assessment-survey/

5 days ago

Community meeting to be held on Gladstone Plaza proposal

Plaza has been vacant for years. Urgent medical care facility is scheduled to open this spring, and other tenants are proposed.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/03/21/community-meeting-set-for-proposed-tenants-at-gladstone-plaza-at-northwest-highway-foster/

6 days ago

Gladstone Park Chamber seeks college scholarship applicants

Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce
2015 Albert Kenar Scholarship
Attention High School Seniors!
Click below to access our 2015 Scholarship Application
High School Seniors attending college this fall and living in 60630, 60631, and 60646 are able to apply for the scholarship.
Applications are due by Thursday April 23rd to Jim Oehler, Director for the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce at:
7332 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Application available at gladstoneparkchamber.com

Mar 18

Updated 6 days ago

Could Aldi's be coming to Six Corners?

Several other national chains also may be involved in project, which requires $2.5 million in TIF subsidies to save second-floor theater.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/03/18/community-hears-plans-for-former-bank-of-america-site-aldis-among-proposed-businesses-tif-subsidies-sought/

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    Denise get with it there is a whole foods in sauganash enough is enough...you guys need a trader joes but they said no way!!!!

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Spiros1984- not sure I understand your hostility, I just pointed out they were going to Englewood, I have no desire for one near me.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 19

Syringe-Wielding Shoplifter at Central/Lawrence Jewel

Per Nadig:

AN EMPLOYEE of the Jewel-Osco store, 4729 N. Central Ave., reported that a woman attempted to stab him with a syringe at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.

The 31-year-old man reported that a woman attempted to stab him with a needle because he had caught her shoplifting, according to police.

  • I like that Jewel because it is not too big. I find it easy to get to and through and not nasty at all.

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    Its a good jewel if your in a wheelchair hehehe. .

Mar 19

45th Ward aldermanic candidates trade jabs at debate

Early voting starts Monday, March 23. Runoff election is a rematch of 2011 race, which Arena defeated Garrido by 30 votes.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/03/19/arena-garrido-trade-jabs-at-45th-ward-aldermanic-debate-early-voting-starts-march-23/

Mar 19

Flea Market

The Portage Park Sr. Center is having a Flea Market Friday, March 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Location 4100 N. Long, inside the Park. Parking available at Berteau & Linder. Box Lunches - $1.00

Mar 18

Jefferson Park Sunday Market Volunteer meeting

Our next volunteer meeting will be held Wednesday March 25, 6:30p.m., at
the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 West Giddings, in the basement.
This meeting will be followed immediately by the JPNA meeting at 7pm. More info aton the market at www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com and the neighborhood association at www.jpna.net

Mar 17

Updated Mar 18

Our Lady of Victory's Spring Market

Come join us this Sunday for our Spring Market present by OLV Mother's Club.

  • Can you give more details? Where and what time? What will be offered for sale? Thanks!

  • Our Lady of Victory- School Hall & Gym
    4434 N. laramie
    10 -2
    Vendors: candles, jewelry, books, tupperware, make-up, gift baskets, health & wellness, gift baskets, toys and more.
    In addition, pictures with the Easter Bunny, kids activities and entertainment.
    If all this shopping makes you hungry, we will also have breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 16

Long & Argyle: Setting the Record Straight on John Arena's Setting the Record Straight Letter

Does anyone believe if re-elected, John Arena wont steam roll over the neighbors wishes and build a 48 unit 4 and 1/2 story apartment building next to neighbors homes and 2-flats?

  • This is not a conclusion, it's an observation of fact, folks.
    I'm allied with fairness and you stand with the "unfortunate" and "caustic" Carlene.
    If you're a NIMBY you demand the signing of oaths.

  • mm,
    I reject your framing.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 10

Bob's letter from Arena, with notes in the margins

Relevant to another thread on here, thought I'd share with those who didn't get to see it.

  • JPJ,
    While many of us can walk to transit, TOD has some specific distances to transit associated with it. "...Under the 2013 transit-oriented development ordinance, new residential buildings within 600 feet of a transit stop only have to provide one spot for every two housing units, instead of the typical...

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    JPJ,
    While many of us can walk to transit, TOD has some specific distances to transit associated with it. "...Under the 2013 transit-oriented development ordinance, new residential buildings within 600 feet of a transit stop only have to provide one spot for every two housing units, instead of the typical 1:1 ratio. If the building is also on a P-Street, it can be up to 1,200 feet from the station and still get the parking discount. New stores with less than 10,000 square feet of floor space also get a break on parking...."
    http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/10/10/now-the-jeff-park-nimbys-are-fighting-arenas-p-street-proposal/

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    JeffParkJohn - you are correct and I stand corrected. 7 units per lot is not typical of development in Jefferson Park, although it is something that is seen in the lakefront neighborhoods and even as far northwest as Logan Square. Given the right architectural detailing, landscape setbacks and parking requirements,...

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    JeffParkJohn - you are correct and I stand corrected. 7 units per lot is not typical of development in Jefferson Park, although it is something that is seen in the lakefront neighborhoods and even as far northwest as Logan Square. Given the right architectural detailing, landscape setbacks and parking requirements, I would entertain the possibility of 7 units per lot or up to 49 units on Long/Argyle. I think the level of infrastructure in place can support that level of density. Also with the right landscaping buffers and architecture, you can blend a building like that into a neighborhood at this location. Now if one of these buildings popped up two blocks east down Argyle, for example - that's another thing.

    As PAC mentioned, the TOD ordinance is really designed for up to two blocks away as a typical city block is 600 feet. So density bonuses and parking ratio relief really only is applied to developments within one block of transit stations not the entire neighborhood. And really, there just isn't a market to support higher zoning in 95% of the ward. But land is always more valuable and desirable near transit, which is why I support increased density there.

Mar 03

Updated Mar 09

Waveland Avenue will NOT be closed as part of Schurz athletic field project

Project is now on hold. Ald. John Arena and principal Daniel Kramer announced today that the closing of Waveland was removed from consideration due to community feedback. Arena is in a runoff election against police lieutenant John Garrido.
The following article is a report on a community meeting held last fall on the project.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/13/ald-arena-will-form-committee-to-address-concerns-about-closing-waveland-for-schurz-athletic-field/

  • Whenever I read Carlene's posts, Fucik's "Entry of the Gladiators" plays in my head.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0CyOAO8y0
    A comment from the link: " Using this as clown music was a joke in itself to begin with, however it became so common that the joke died and the song ended up being more associated with clowns than gladiators."

Feb 21

Updated Mar 06

Girl Scout cookies have arrived!

I have plenty to go around. Our troop is going to Savannah GA with their earnings. I can meet at walgreens on foster/milwaukee
$4 thin mints, tagalongs, trefoils, savannah smiles, dosidoes, raison, samoas

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Chris, see PM for message. Thanks.

  • Hey Chris, do you still have cookies to go around? Having a real craving and would love to meet up to buy some. I can PM you if so. Thanks!

Mar 03

Updated Mar 03

Love to bid (Northside Chicago)

Come and join this new group on facebook. This a neighborhood group where you can auction off your items. You could win children's clothes or toys, women's clothes, etc., for a $1. Feel free to join and invite you family and friends.

Love To Bid (Northside Chicago)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549038008560767/

Mar 02

Updated Mar 02

St. Tarcissus Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast Tickets

My son is selling tickets if anyone would like to buy some. They are $5 each and they include a chance to the raffle. The breakfast is this weekend Sat and Sun.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    And sausage. Don't forget those sausages. Best $5 pancakes anywhere.

Jun 28

Updated Mar 02

  • @redditor, I think mike is related to Yuri

  • When is the zoning meeting for this and the neighborhood presentation?
    Did I miss it the community meeting? I know it has been almost a year that project started. Is there any neighborhood input on this? Arena is having community meetings for the other Bank of America location but not this one?

Feb 27

Updated Feb 28

$2.5 million in TIF assistance sought for Irving Park Road development

Retro Fitness, Aldi's and a drive-through Starbucks are being considered. Project would preserve two-story bank building, 4901 W. irving Park Road.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/28/fitness-center-grocery-store-coffeehouse-targeted-for-4900-block-of-irving-park-ald-arena-to-hold-march-11-meeting/

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    Culver's wouldn't compete with Leadbelly. Totally different level of burger joints. A Meatheads or Five Guys might compete but not Culver's. Truthfully, Culver's would be more of a "threat" to Dairy Queen than Leadbelly.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    The development on irving will look alot like village crossing in skokie on touhy avenue just without the theatre and dicks...

Feb 28

Now that you have dried off from the Polar Plunge

Warm up with coffee at the Portage Park Garden Club's first meeting of the year All gardeners welcome. Today at 9:30am at the Austin Irving Library, 6100 Irving Park Road. The speakers are from the Friends of Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 24

State Budget

Newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner announced in his budget speech that the Regional Transit Authority can lose up to $128 million in state funding, while downstate gains $120 million in capital projects. Yet we pay higher gas, property and sales tax than downstate Illinois while they reap the benefits of Chicago/ suburban taxpayers. Downstate Illinois is draining state resources and it's all brought to you in part by our corrupt governor.

Feb 20

Updated Feb 22

OLV and Windsor Tavern Night

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7-10pm

  • Karma for Mo

    He done died again!

  • Omg you lost all credibility when you used slurs for ethnic groups...go back under your rock troll.

Dec 05

Updated Feb 21

Argyle and Long Update

During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came...

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During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came to my office and expressed concerns about the project. I took those concerns back to the property owner, and, at this point, we are waiting on an updated proposal.

I want to assure you that, as with every other zoning change, any proposed zoning change must be presented to residents during a community meeting. I require that anyone seeking a zoning change send a notice to everyone owning property within 500 feet, and we plan those meetings for evening hours at locations in the community.

Once we have a pending proposal for this site, we will schedule that meeting.

  • I heard a new plan has been proposed. Any updates?

  • Same Paddy as the recently departed User 196991, Whipped Boy, C McGill, Morality Patrol, 196992, Early Voter,4055 N, Eye Doctor Extraordinaire,Pleated Pants,Ironed Sweatpants, Raleigh Bike,Raleigh Bike in Foxboro, Yeah We Know, Yeah We Know Who, Yeah We Know Who You are, multi-alias Paddy?

Feb 20

Saint Tarcissus joins school consolidation plan

Saint Tarcissus, Saint Cornelius, Saint Pascal and Our Lady of Victory agree to join consolidation plan. It is not known which of these campuses will remain open. Consolidation will take effect in fall of 2016.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/20/st-tarcissus-joins-school-consolidation-plan/

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

OLV and Windsor Tavern Team Up

Come out and support OLV!

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Support olv get out and donate people!!!!

  • I have no people to donate

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Marijuana Store

How do you guys feel about the marijuana store that will be at 4758 N Milwaukee ave? Do you agree with this idea or no? How do you think it will affect the surrounding businesses? ie bakery, boutique, cvs, bars etc

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    I am just having a bit of fun, Happiness. I really do applaud your willingness to even have a discussion about it. Some people I've come across on boards and whatnot who oppose the dispensaries, can't even open their minds enough to get that far.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    All the girls will be lighting up blunts with the guys and getting high!!!!

Feb 17

Three schools to join parochial school consolidation plan, two are out & one is undecided

St Thecla (pictured) will NOT be joining the parochial school consolidation plan for the Far NW Side and will operate on its own. St Thecla has not been receiving financial aid from the Archdiocese. St Tarcissus is expected to decide later this week whether to join the consolidation program. Last month St Constance opted out of the regional plan. Expected to participate in the regional planning process are St Pascal, St Cornelius & Our Lady of Victory. It is not...

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St Thecla (pictured) will NOT be joining the parochial school consolidation plan for the Far NW Side and will operate on its own. St Thecla has not been receiving financial aid from the Archdiocese. St Tarcissus is expected to decide later this week whether to join the consolidation program. Last month St Constance opted out of the regional plan. Expected to participate in the regional planning process are St Pascal, St Cornelius & Our Lady of Victory. It is not known which campuses under the consolidation plan will remain open. The Archdiocese was looking to close at least two of the campuses of the six schools invited to join the merger plan. Those schools choosing not to consolidate will no longer be eligible for financial assistance from the Archdiocese.
Look for updates at nadignewspapers.com

Feb 16

Updated Feb 17

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Wow

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Probably a drunk public school bus driver!!!!!!

Feb 17

Taft principal wants school facilities to be similar to suburban counterparts

Weight room equipment, batting cages are among the planned purchases. Also, locker room improvements could be in the works.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/17/taft-hs-looks-to-upgrade-its-facilities/

Feb 16

Updated Feb 16

Here you go Ryan, I already drew up the plans

"I'd centralize parking into a structure behind Veterans Plaza on Lipps and Ainslie and develop the parcels behind Northwestern College and Copernicus" , Ryan Richter

  • Yeah We Know Who You Are . . . .

    Now Doc that's not nice - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

  • Whipped Boy, now CMcGill,

    2 days on EB , how convenient.
    And references to Ad hominem after 2 days.
    You believe you've learned, grasshopper. Patience will be your guide.
    The reference to Bob Banks' drawing talent is appropriate.
    Ad Hominem does not apply, I only addressed his artistic skill not his character

Feb 16

Take the Improvement Survey sent out by CDOT

Thought I would share with you.....

"The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched a month-long, city-wide text and online survey to seek input from Chicago residents about what you appreciate about our streets and sidewalks and what improvements you would like to see. The survey is designed to help CDOT create guidelines for future improvements in the public right of way."

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1033908703289378

Thanks to Robert Murphy, for tweeting this information to his followers, otherwise I would have never known about it.

Feb 15

Updated Feb 16

FAiR Coalition Does It Again: Introduces Citizen-Developed "Game Changer" 1-Click Plane Noise App

New citizen website could send O'Hare jet noise complaints soaring. Try it. 1-Click from our FAiR Coalition website at www.fairchicago.org. Read the full Sun-Times story here.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/355924/faird-creates-new-jet-noise-complaint-website

Feb 14

Mayoral Candidate Garcia accuses Mayor Emanuel of turning deaf ear to O'Hare noise complaints

This article tells it like it is...Full link is here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

"County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of turning a deaf ear to skyrocketing complaints about O’Hare Airport jet noise and signed on to the demands of a noise-weary group of residents.

On Saturday, Garcia will join members of the anti-noise Fair Allocation in Runways (FAIR) Coalition at a park that lies directly beneath the flight path into a runway that has made Northwest Side...

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This article tells it like it is...Full link is here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

"County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of turning a deaf ear to skyrocketing complaints about O’Hare Airport jet noise and signed on to the demands of a noise-weary group of residents.

On Saturday, Garcia will join members of the anti-noise Fair Allocation in Runways (FAIR) Coalition at a park that lies directly beneath the flight path into a runway that has made Northwest Side residents miserable since it opened in October 2013. It averages flights every 3.5 minutes, FAIR contends.

Garcia and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) are the only mayoral candidates as of early Friday evening who had signed on to FAIR’s “statement of principles,” which includes five specific demands.

Chief among them is a pledge not to “de-commission” any of four criss-crossing diagonal runways, even after a new parallel runway opens later this year. Killing off any diagonal runways could shift even more flights over city residents east of O’Hare already complaining about a bombardment of new jet noise.

Yet, another key demand is to halt an October 2013 take-off and landing plan in favor of a “fair allocation of runway traffic between existing and new runways” for both daytime and nighttime traffic."

Read the rest of the article here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

Feb 13

Updated Feb 14

"Cows on Parade" now on display at Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park

Remember the "Cows on Parade" in Downtown Chicago?
The cow designed by Ed Paschke is now on display at the Ed Paschke Art Center at Higgins and Milwaukee in Jefferson Park (just steps from the park). Visit this admission-free museum and learn about the controversy which resulted in Paschke's "Vaca Victoria" cow being removed from the street after a few days. Please visit edpaschke.org for more information on the center. 5415 W. Higgins Ave. Open 10 am to 7 pm seven days a week.
For additional news information on the community, visit nadignewspapers.com

  • PAC do own any original thoughts or do you live vicariously through others you cut&paste??

  • Chuck,

    New ideas don't seem to go over well in the "community".

    “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
    ― Marie Curie

Feb 10

Updated Feb 13

Where's are new library?

Where's are new library?

Feb 08

Updated Feb 13

www.JeffersonParkFreePress.com

Click on: www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com for the latest news and commentary February 2015 edition

  • Well, hey, that is always an option isn't it? but no my family and I don't have any plans to move. Like you, we will be around, fighting for our neighborhood, effecting change where we can. Consider the following. I just got a mailer from Garrido crowing about how he...

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    Well, hey, that is always an option isn't it? but no my family and I don't have any plans to move. Like you, we will be around, fighting for our neighborhood, effecting change where we can. Consider the following. I just got a mailer from Garrido crowing about how he "saved Milwaukee Ave from a road diet with 4000 signatures", and as an avid cyclist I'm not happy at all about it. A few years ago I worked on a committee at Wright Colleg to collect signatures on a petition to bolster bike lane improvements in the 38th Ward. We had some meetings with Ald. Cullerton, but let me get back to my point here. 4000 signatures is 4000 signatures; this area of the city is socially conservative, no doubt about it. It's a frikin' miracle that they're even going to restore the current bike lane (albeit with actually a few enhancements, amazingly) after they resurface the road. And even Arena said the Milwaukee Road diet was now off the table. The people in the area just don't want to go on that kind of diet. So you take what you can and keep fighting step by step.

  • music man,

    As an avid person biking (http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/how-smart-language-helped-end-seattles-paralyzing-bikelash) and I'm assuming you've visited the Lawrence road diet, what is the real difference between the Milwaukee Avenue road diet and what has been presented as more of the same, slightly tweaked?

    Pedestrian refuge islands will be the same.
    It's unclear if...

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    music man,

    As an avid person biking (http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/how-smart-language-helped-end-seattles-paralyzing-bikelash) and I'm assuming you've visited the Lawrence road diet, what is the real difference between the Milwaukee Avenue road diet and what has been presented as more of the same, slightly tweaked?

    Pedestrian refuge islands will be the same.
    It's unclear if the plan will have interconnected signals with the overcapacity remaining.
    Pedestrian bumpouts will be there.
    We get Garrid0/200's useless sign.

    The difference is pavement marking. Pavement markings are easy and relatively inexpensive to remove and reapply. The road repairs are needed to keep people biking safe.

    Downtown Chicago has been relocating utilities in anticipation of this seasons Downtown BRT.
    http://www.activetrans.org/blog/kwhitehead/excited-about-better-rapid-transit-loop-get-involved
    PACE is talking about Milwaukee Ave ART
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-pace-plan-met-20150121-story.html

    If BRT downtown is well received, ART on Milwaukee will follow.
    Acceptance of modal choices on the street depends people seeing it work.
    When BRT works, and demographics change, and the economic benefit of more people biking is recognized, it would be little cost to restripe to get the protected bike lanes that all road users deserve.

Feb 12

Update: St Thecla School will not join consolidation plan

St Thecla joins St Constance in deciding NOT to be part of the consolidation plan for the Northwest Side parochial schools. The following article ran in January before St. Thecla's decision.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/01/28/archdiocese-updates-st-thecla-on-regional-plan-at-least-one-of-the-six-schools-decides-not-to-consolidate/

Feb 11

41st Ward aldermanic forum set; Ald. O'Connor opposes medical marijuana dispensary in ward

Nadig Newspapers shared a link.
7 hours ago
The Foster Harlem Property Owners Association’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 19th at 7:00pm at St. Monica's Beyenka Hall, 5101 N Mont Clare, and will include a 41st Ward aldermanic candidates forum. This will not be a debate and open questions will not be allowed during the forum. Candidates are encouraged to stay after the association meeting to answer questions
State okays medical marijuana shop for 41st Ward, although city zoning board must still do so. Alderman O'Connor said she opposes a dispensary in the ward. She plans to hold community meeting on project, although company has not filed special use application with city zoning board.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/09/state-okays-medical-marijuana-shops-for-41st-45th-wards-along-milwaukee-avenue/

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